Kiva for Global Scholars

December 18, 2008

Kiva – Loans that Change Lives [http://www.kiva.org/] is a micro-lending website. On the site you can browse through a listing of entrepreneurs to find someone that needs a small loan to break out of poverty. In their words:

We Let You Loan to the Working Poor

Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.

Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world.

Kiva is a great way to find a Global Scholar service learning project. You can find someone half way around the world  and loan them money. The website has pictures of the entrepreneurs as well as descriptions of their project or business. As they repay the loan you get updates on their business. When the loan is re-payed you can donate the money to Kiva, withdraw it, or loan it back out.

Groups of poeple can come together to make teams on Kiva. There is already an educator team at http://www.kiva.org/community/viewTeam?team_id=2992.

If a few classes at a school wanted to sponsor a loan you could make a school team.

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