A Trustee publicly endorses entrepreneurs in their community for the Kiva program.  There are three primary components of a Trustee partnership:


Trustee responsibilities

  1. Spread the word about Kiva! A primary trustee responsibility is to let entrepreneurs in their community know that they can take advantage of a Kiva loan.

  2. Vouch for creditworthiness.  A Trustee is not economically responsible for the borrower, but should be confident in the borrower's business plan and strongly believe in its viability.

  3. Help ensure that a borrower is successful. We lean on our Trustees to ensure that our borrowers are successful -- in the application, fundraising, and repayment process.  The trustee will track the borrower’s progress as they apply, provide resources and advice during fundraising, and follow up with the borrower during the repayment process.


What your endorsement will do

  1. Create a smoother review experience. When a borrower is endorsed by a successful trustee, they have an even easier time getting through the Kiva review process.

  2. Expand a borrower’s network. When a trustee endorses a borrower, the loan will be exposed to the trustee’s larger network and its visibility will be increased.

  3. Assist entrepreneurs. Use your own business experience and role in the community to advise borrowers and help their loan succeed.


Benefits of being a Kiva Trustee

  1. Increase the exposure of your organization. Your trustee profile page publicly showcases your organization and impact to date and is visible to our 1.3 million lenders around the world.

  2. Track your impact over time. Trustees can track and share the data on the loans they endorse to communicate their impact. We’ve had many trustees leverage this data to demonstrate their impact to funders, and raise grant funding.

  3. Invest in your community. By helping entrepreneurs gain access to funding to start or grow a business you have the chance to make an integral impact in your community.

To get a better understanding of the step by step process for borrowers, please jump over to our borrower hub.  To learn more about inviting Borrowers click here.

To explore even further, check out some of our amazing Trustees!