Kiva Trustees

Kiva Trustees help business owners in their network to learn about Kiva and publicly vouch for them in order to help them access Kiva’s 0% interest microloans.  

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What is a Kiva Trustee?

Kiva Trustees are typically small business technical assistance providers, community development corporations, chambers of commerce, and other groups committed to supporting entrepreneurs in our region. With their help, small business owners access 0% interest crowdfunded loans through Kiva. Over 50 individuals and agencies in the Pittsburgh area have stepped up to serve as Kiva Trustees.

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“Thanks to Kiva, we were able to improve our storefront and pay for the food truck, which has been a great addition to our business. Since then, we’ve gained visibility and new customers who use our catering services and come to eat at our restaurant.”

Jesus

Co-owner

La Palapa Mexican Kitchen & Mexcal Bar

What does a trustee do?

Trustee Responsibilities:

  • Spread the Word about Kiva - Trustees let entrepreneurs in their community know that they can take advantage of a Kiva loan.
  • Vouch for Creditworthiness - A Trustee is not financially responsible for the borrower, but should be confident in the borrower's business plan and character.
  • Help Ensure Success - Trustees advise borrowers throughout the application, fundraising, and repayment processes.  
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"Thanks to Kiva, in May 2015, I was able to purchase equipment so my team could be more efficient. Having more than one vacuum cleaner enabled us to be in multiple places at a time. Since getting my first Kiva loan, we've grown tremendously! We're now a team of 10 and expanded to offer construction final cleans."

Karen

CEO

KSC Enterprises, LLC

What does a trustee gain?

Trustee Benefits:

  • Increase the exposure - Trustee profile pages showcase each organization and their impact to date, and are visible to Kiva’s lenders around the world.
  • Track impact over time - Trustees can track and share data on the loans they endorse to communicate their impact to their network, award committees, and funders.
  • Invest in your community - By helping entrepreneurs gain access to funding to start or grow a business, Trustees have the chance to make an integral impact in their communities.
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Interested in becoming a Trustee?

To learn more about the role of Kiva Trustees and consider join the Kiva Pittsburgh Trustee community, visit contact Emily Keebler, Kiva Pittsburgh Program Director at ek@riversidecenterforinnovation.com or 412-392-7295.