Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.
So, that $3.75 spare change that you found in the couch could help Akouvi Atono from Togo, Africa buy the fabric supplies she needs to continue her colorful clothing business.
Kiva partners with existing expert microfinance institutions. In doing so, they gain access to outstanding entrepreneurs from impoverished communities world-wide. Their partners are experts in choosing qualified entrepreneurs. That said, they are usually short on funds. Through Kiva, the partners upload their entrepreneur profiles directly to the site so you can lend to them. When you do, not only do you get a unique experience connecting to a specific entrepreneur on the other side of the planet, but the microfinance partners can do more of what they do, more efficiently.
Any organizations you belong to, can do it as well! Don't forget your little ones- they can create a Lending Team in their classroom.
What a great way to make your tribe a little bigger.
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