Giving to Kiva feels great. What the heck is Kiva you ask?

Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. We celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

Not only do you help a person get on their feet, you’re 96.9% likely to be repaid. That’s the average repayment rate on Kiva after 13 years!

100% of loans go to the field. Kiva uses donations, sponsors and grants to cover administrative fees.  Cue inspirational video….

I’ve loaned on Kiva several times. To date, I’ve given $76 out of pocket ($25 as a gift card) and loaned 11 times.  My small contribution has produced $265 in loans. 

Yesterday, as I recovered from the excess of Thanksgiving, I was going through email.  I found a request from Kiva to re-loan my account balance of $46.50.   The holiday (and the email) reminded me of my good fortune and the need to share.  

I added $11 in cash and loaned $25 to Nana in Tbilisi, Georgia toward higher education costs and Hellen in Migori, Kenya toward her fish selling business.  (A balance of $7.50 was a contribution for admin costs.) For the record, I have a loan in the US out to Evan, a farmer in Olympia, WA, United States

The act of helping someone feels good.  Kiva isn’t the only game out there.  Heifer International helps you buy farm animals for people.  Yep, you can buy someone a cow… or a sheep….

Now get out there and help someone.

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Paula Stokes

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