Kiva Small Business Loans

Do you own a small business that is looking for capital? Kiva provides access to 0% interest loans and a community passionate about helping entrepreneurs in the United States. Kiva incorporates social factors into its underwriting process, using your character and trust network as a measure of creditworthiness. At Urban Innovation21, we help business owners to understand Kiva’s unique loan program and guide them through the application and crowdfunding processes.

Pittsburgh’s small businesses better the local community and provide jobs to many hard working residents. Kiva Pittsburgh has helped entrepreneurs from across the region and a variety of backgrounds to launch and grow businesses in industries from construction to food production to recreation. Below are a few examples of entrepreneurs we’ve supported in the past:

Power 59 Construction, LLC

Power 59 Construction, LLC offers renovation and repair services for residential and commercial properties in the Pittsburgh region. Owner Scott aims to offer low-cost rehab and construction services, while still providing quality, reliable work to all clients.

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Olive & Marlowe

Olive & Marlowe is an olive and balsamic vinegar retail company run by Heather and her husband Rob. Their passion is offering quality products, educating customers, and experimenting with unique flavors, like tangerine olive oil and vanilla ice cream!

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La Palapa Mexican Gourmet Kitchen

Jesus and his business partner, Jose Luis, own La Palapa Mexican Gourmet Kitchen, which brings real Mexican flavors, in their words “grandma recipes,”  to Pittsburgh diners. They offer  a full-service restaurant in the South Side, catering, and a mobile food trailer.  

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Kiva Pittsburgh has supported over 170 hard-working small business owners like Scott, Heather, and Harry, and aims to support hundreds more.  If you are a small business owner in the Pittsburgh region and your business could benefit from a micro-loan, then we would love to hear from you.

It's an amazing thing to have a community at your fingertips who believe in your vision and help to support you. Kiva has helped me with getting my first dream and vision off the ground and has given me the confidence to grow my dreams exponentially!”

- Benjamin, The Pittsburgh Po’boy, Mobile food truck

“Thanks to Kiva, the quality at Arnold’s Tea has increased greatly. With the loan, we were able to purchase custom cups with our logo on them, which turned into the best marketing tool ever!”

- Verna, Arnold’s Tea, East Allegheny neighborhood of Pittsburgh

Visit the Kiva website to learn more about these and other Pittsburgh businesses that have utilized Kiva loans.

For more information on borrowing via Kiva or to start an application of your own, visit or contact the Kiva Pittsburgh Program Director at 412-281-0102 x6 or


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