>Kiva – Loans that change lives.


Kiva is a very successfull organization that I heard about a while ago and thought was very relevant. It was developed by Matt and Jessica Flannery in 2005. “Kiva” is a Swahili word which means “unity” or “agreement”. 
Here is some brief information from the Kiva website:

Their mission: “to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending.”

Kiva promotes dignity, accountability and transparency. You can lend individually or though an established team. The minimum amount that can be loaned to an entrepreneur on Kiva is $25. There is now an option of starting your own team of lenders. Payment is through paypal. There is detailed information on their website and the process is facinating. It’s one of those “hard to believe stories”.

Here are some statistics from the website:
Number of loans funded through Kiva: 181,431
Percentage to women entrepreneurs: 82.29%
Number of countries located in: 52
Current repayment rate (all partners): 98.48%

Visit the Kiva website for detailed information on the entrepreneurs and their businesses, goals, dreams and fulfillments and much more. For only $25, we can help someone change their life. 
Have a healthy day…

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2 Responses to >Kiva – Loans that change lives.

  1. >Kiva is great. My nieces and nephews get Christmas money gifts to spend at KIVA. It's a great way to teach them about other parts of the world while modeling "giving back."

  2. harmony says:

    >I LOVE KIVA. A friend gave me a gift certificate to use at KIVA for valentine's day 2009. I have already lent it, been repaid and lent it again. SO cool.

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