Have you ever heard of Kiva?


I was watching some TED talks and then I was looking up the foundations that the speakers had and I’m not exactly sure where it popped up. I spent the next hour engrossed in it.

Kiva is an organization that allows individuals to loan as little as $25 to someone who needs it. I love that it’s a loan. Not only do we get the opportunity to help someone somewhere, but we can keep spreading it around even if we don’t have that much to give at a time. Theoretically, it keeps money moving and not sitting in bank accounts and not further cushioning lives that are already pretty cushy.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve done lots of traveling and there are lots of great people out there with big dreams for themselves. I love the idea that $25 can help them do that.

When you go to the website, you’ll see that there are all kinds of ways to search for potential borrowers, including by gender (the binary options are the only ones given). Then there are teams that you can be a part of. These are groups who share your goals or interests. One of the biggest groups was an LGBT group and then there were several small groups with feminist right in the title along with a big one called Women Empowering Women. This site doesn’t forget about men, as there are many male lenders and borrowers on it, so don’t think that’s the point, it’s not. There just weren’t teams grouped along this line, which also doesn’t mean that there weren’t groups that largely consisted of men or solely consisted of them but just that they decided to team up for other reasons.

If you are interested in helping others, this looked like a great way to reach out beyond our shores and help people in developing countries rise above their current means, though you can also search by any country in the world. It appears that it can be used to show solidarity and give some help to people outside of our normal reach but within our groups, marginalized or otherwise.

The next step is deciding who to actually lend money to….

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