Welcome to Kiva Detroit

Since 2012, Kiva Detroit has helped over 150 Detroit and Metro Detroit borrowers access over $680,000 in Kiva loans. As of 2019 and since becoming a Kiva HUB, Kiva Detroit has also started assisting Kiva borrowers outside Detroit and Metro Detroit in an effort to maximize impact across the state. This expansion has already helped borrowers in Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Grand Blanc access over $20,000 in Kiva loans.

Kiva Detroit is a program that works alongside Build Institute in Southwest Detroit. Build Institute is a super hub of inclusive innovation that catalyzes talent for economic and community development. As a business incubator, Build Institute provides premium business and entrepreneurship courses at accessible rates. Since 2012 Build Institute has held over 127 classes and graduated over 1,700 entrepreneurs. These achievements have created or retained over 2,400 jobs and created or retained over 600 businesses. In addition to business education and capital programs, Build Institute facilitates marketing and networking opportunities.

Kiva Detroit and Build Institute help financially excluded entrepreneurs fund their dreams by providing access to 0% interest capital and a community of 1.8 million supportive lenders. Check out the videos below to learn more and lend locally to help fund an entrepreneur near you.

Detroit, a City Built on Entrepreneurship Large and Small

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

The Motor City is revving up its engines for small businesses

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

 KBI Auto is a Detroit auto repair and maintenance shop that has been serving the community for almost 20 years. Originally founded by Phillip Knight's father, Phillip has operated the establishment for most of it's existence. The shop remains a staple of the Knight family offering employment to family members if ever they are in need! Learn more here.

Dilla's Delights is owned and operated by Herman Hayes. A downtown Detroit bakery founded, in part, in homage to Herman's late nephew and Legendary Hip Hop producer, J Dilla. Learn more here

Sisters on a Roll Mobile Cafe is a mobile catering food service, proudly owned and operated by Harriette Brown. Harriette has made supporting community events and initiatives as much a part of her business as the delicious and diverse foods she produces! Learn more here.

PhillipKBI Auto

HermanDilla's Delights 

HarrietteSisters on a Roll Mobile Cafe 

Support for Kiva Detroit

Lend Locally

Lending through Kiva involves risk of principal loss. Neither Kiva nor Kiva trustees guarantee repayment or offer a financial return on your loan.

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

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If you're a small business owner in Detroit, 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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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:


We connect Detroit and metro Detroit entrepreneurs to accessible business capital, fostering individual achievement, local job growth and equitable opportunity.

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