Welcome Kiva Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is America's city of bridges, but for many local entrepreneurs who dream of starting their own businesses, options to bridge the financial gap can be difficult. They are among the vast number of financially excluded individuals in the U.S. who are then unable to launch or grow their businesses. The region needs more capital to create new opportunities for entrepreneurs. 

Kiva Pittsburgh helps financially excluded entrepreneurs fund their dreams by providing access to 0% interest capital and a community of 1.8 million supportive lenders. Over 200 businesses in Southwestern Pennsylvania have received Kiva loans! Check out the video to learn more and lend locally to help fund an entrepreneur near you. 

Pittsburgh is America's City of Bridges 

We could not positively impact the lives of dozens of local small business owners without the assistance of our trustee and partner network. Our Pittsburgh network is listed below.

Pittsburgh is Full of Entrepreneurs  

And we love supporting its entrepreneurs! Below are some examples of entrepreneurs we've supported in the past:

Andrew has over 30 years of experience working as a union laborer that he brings to his business. Although he specializes in plastering and drywall, his services include carpentry, demolition, flooring and much more. Learn more here. 

Olive & Marlowe is an olive and balsamic vinegar retail company run by Heather and her husband Rob. Their passion is offering quality products, educating customers, and experimenting with unique flavors, like tangerine olive oil and vanilla ice cream! Learn more here

La Palapa Mexican Gourmet Kitchen is owned by Jesus and his business partner, Jose Luis. Jesus and Jose Luis bring real Mexican flavors, and in their words, “grandma recipes,”  to Pittsburgh diners. They offer a full-service restaurant in the South Side, catering, and a mobile food trailer. Learn more here.

Andrew | 3D Plastering and Texturing, LLC

Heather | Olive & Marlowe 

Jesus | La Palapa Mexican Gourmet Kitchen 

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Other local small business owners like Jesus, Heather and Andrew are currently fundraising on Kiva. Dozens of other small businesses that have fundraised on Kiva already could also use your help! Support Pittsburgh business by lending and shopping locally.

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If you're a small business owner in Pittsburgh, and your business could benefit from a microloan, then we'd love to hear from you. Our loans are 0% interest, with no fees! Loans can be up to $10,000, paid back over up to three years. Kiva approves many loans that other lenders would not.

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Kiva Trustees source entrepreneurs they believe in and publicly endorse them as borrowers on the Kiva website. Trustees have no financial liability for loans, and their reputation is tied to the repayment rate of the borrowers they endorse. Trustees are typically organizations that support small businesses, such as chambers of commerce, community development corporations, and business assistance centers.

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Kiva U.S. Hubs

After launching in Uganda in 2005, Kiva expanded its lending to the United States in 2009. Two years later, President Clinton launched the Kiva HUBs program, which aims to expand the Kiva model, city by city, to financially excluded and socially impactful entrepreneurs in cities throughout America. Kiva has now launched in the following Kiva HUBs:

We help entrepreneurs to access affordable capital and small business resources.

Want to talk to a human? Call Emily Keebler.

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Emily Keebler

Phone Number: (412)-392-7295

Riverside Center for Innovation is the Hub organization for Pittsburgh.