Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Community Development

Community Investments Vol 21, Issue 3
Peer-to-Peer Lending and Community Development Finance

Author(s): Ian Galloway

Winter 2009

Community Investments

Peer-to-peer (P2P) networks directly connect computer users online. Popular P2P platforms include eBay and Craigslist, for example, which have transformed the market for used consumer goods. Increasingly popular, however, are P2P lending sites that facilitate debt transactions by directly connecting borrowers and lenders on the Internet. In fact, since 2005, P2P lending sites have cropped up all over the world—Kiva, Micro- Place, Lending Club, and Prosper are a few examples. Currently a $647 million industry, online P2P lending is expected to grow to $5.8 billion by 2010.

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