lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org
, you can "sponsor a business" and help the world's working poor make great strides towards economic independence.
Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates from the business you've sponsored. As loans are repaid, you get your loan money back. From there you can cash out, or lend it out again to another person in need.
Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times
visits his loan recipient: a baker in Kabul. This is a wonderful 3 minute video that quickly shows the human aspect of Kiva!
The Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR, The New York Times; Check out what the media has been saying about Kiva:http://www.kiva.org/about/press/
Watch PBS' FRONTLINE WORLD segment about Kiva:http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/uganda601/video_index.html
Official Kiva web site - http://www.kiva.org
Official Kiva MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/kivaloans
Official Kiva Friendster - http://friendster.com/kivaloans
Official Kiva Yahoo Group - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kivaloans