Kiva Microlending

KIVA Microlending available in New North Region – The New North region is home to 9 Connect Communities and 13 Main Street Communities.  These are special designations coming from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation after the communities have successfully been granted this status off of their applications.  A special benefit to being a minority-owned, woman-owned, or veteran-owned business/entrepreneur in one of these communities is that you are eligible to receive a no interest KIVA micro-loan.  This loan up to $5,000 is matched with an additional interest free loan of $5,000.  To learn more please see the two attached maps designating the Main Street and Connect Communities in the New North region; visit for additional information and to start your application; listen to the attached podcast; or view the attached summary document.  You can also contact Barb LaMue at the New North for additional guidance – [email protected].

Click HERE to download the above “KIVA Lending Incentive” PDF!

Click below to read the New North Press Release:
“Matching funds amplify the effect of Kiva loans in Wisconsin’s Main Street and Connect Communities”

Click here to listen to the KIVA Podcast:
Nora Roughen Schmidt chats with Errin Welty of the WEDC and Julie Emslie of WWBIC about all things KIVA. Kiva is a non-profit Corporation with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Kiva acts as a micro-lending platform or a place where people who need a loan and people who want to loan money can find and connect with one another.
“Episode 48 – KIVA”  or  download