Welcome to Kiva Columbus

We empower small businesses and fuel job growth

But for many local entrepreneurs who dream of starting their own businesses, options for accessing capital are limited. These entrepreneurs are among the vast number of financially excluded individuals in the U.S. who are then unable to launch or grow their ideas. 

Kiva Columbus helps financially excluded entrepreneurs fund their dreams by providing access to 0% interest capital and a community of 1.6 million supportive lenders. Check out the video to learn more or lend locally to help fund an entrepreneur near you.

Columbus is America's Opportunity City

Columbus is a creative city

Below are just a few examples of the entrepreneurs in the Columbus community that we've supported in the past.

Letha -- Owner of Bake Me Happy

Bake Me Happy is a gluten-free bakery committed to making your next bite the most decadent thing you have tried since sliced bread. Satisfy your next craving with a baked good that won’t crumble to dust and leave you feeling like there is no pleasure in food.

Letha & Wendy | Bake Me Happy 

We could not positively impact the lives of dozens of local small business owners without the assistance of our trustee and partner network, listed below. Support for Kiva Columbus also comes from a partnership between the  City of Columbus and  Kiva.

Lisa - Olentangy Paddle

Olentangy Paddle is a kayak tour and rental company running three routes through Columbus, OH. With ten years of Kayaking experience, Lisa's tours and training are flexible to allow experienced or new Kayakers to explore Columbus.

Lisa | Olentangy Paddle 

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Lamont - Unique Image Barber & Beauty Salon

Unique Image Barber & Beauty Salon is a barber education center and organization that helps barbers improve their business and trade skills, while motivating them to be effective leaders in their communities.

Lamont | Unique Image Barber & Salon 

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Interested in becoming a Trustee?

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:


Other local small business owners like Lamont, Lisa, Letha and Wendy are currently fundraising on Kiva and could use your help! Lend locally or join the Columbus Lending Team to connect with like-minded people who want to see small businesses succeed.

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If you're a small business owner in Columbus and your business could benefit from a microloan, then we'd love to hear from you. 

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