Welcome to San Jose & the Peninsula 

Empowering small businesses through capital and community support

The Peninsula/Silicon Valley is home to innovation and business, including countless start-ups and global technology companies. With a diverse population of over 1 million people, San Jose is the economic, cultural, and political center of Silicon Valley.

Despite the large technology presence in San Jose and the Peninsula, innovation for small business owners has been relatively limited; this, combined with difficulties in capital access for small entrepreneurs in recent years, has made it harder and harder for small business owners to grow.

San Jose is an innovative city

Below are just a few examples of the entrepreneurs in the San Jose and Peninsula community that we've supported in the past.

Jamie -- Holy Cannoli Cafe, LLC

Holy Cannoli Cafe was born in February 2012 coming fresh out of culinary school. What started out as limited sales to friends and family, grew into a larger catering business with her own kitchen storefront and food truck equipped for sales!

Jamie | Holy Cannoli Cafe

Our efforts to positively impact the lives of local small business owners in the region would not be possible without the generous support of our partners listed below.

Jannat - Cuplet

Cuplet is a tissue holder and disposer that fits in a cup holder and conveniently holds all your waste so that you can easily dispose as you go! Jannat is a design student at San Jose State University with a passion to redefine functionality with sustainable aesthetics.

Jannat | Cuplet 

Generous support for Kiva San Jose & the Peninsula

Dave - D. Benjamin, llc

D. Benjamin designs and manufactures modern luxury furnishings right here in America. After going on the HGTV show, "Ellen's Design Challenge," Dave decided to launch his first furniture collection with the mission to take the "stuffy" out of luxury design.

Dave | D. Benjamin

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Kiva U.S. Cities

After launching in Uganda in 2005, Kiva expanded its lending to the United States in 2009. Two years later, President Clinton launched the Kiva City 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 Cities:


Silicon Valley is America's Innovation Hub

Kiva is helping to solve this complex problem by democratizing financial systems,  as well as providing access to capital and community support to small businesses. With 90% of all U.S. businesses having fewer than 20 employees, Kiva's positive impact on small business owners can truly help strengthen local economies.

Do you need help? Feel free to contact San Jose directly!

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Other local small business owners like Dave, Jannat, and Jamie are currently fundraising on Kiva and could use your help! Lend locally or join the San Jose 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 San Jose Peninsula and your business could benefit from a microloan, then we'd love to hear from you. 

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