Tuesday, August 2, 2011

KIVA: Pay It Forward

My cousin Lise introduced me to KIVA, an international pay-it-forward opportunity.    KIVA is a

non-profit 501(c)(3)  organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world in 59 different countries. Learn more about how it works.


Since Kiva was founded in 2005:

602,675 Kiva lenders

$232 million in loans

98.79% Repayment rate

More metrics and stats >


I've made two $25.00 loans.  Well, actually, I made one $25.00 loan for an agricultural project in Ecuador.  That was repaid in full, so I reinvested it by making another loan to a 52-year-old widow who lives in a yurt in Mongolia and sells used clothing.  (You can pick your projects.)


From now until August 13, KIVA is sponsoring 4,000 "free" $25.00 loans.  If you use this link, and you are one of the first 4,000 to sign up, a $25.00 loan will be made in your name, and you don't have to pay a dime.  You'll see how "your" loan is used, and you'll be notified of your loan recipient's progress.

Here is a link that will tell you more about it:



Here's a video link from ABC News:  http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=7801871



LeAnn aka pasqueflower






  1. I've recently heard about this and love the idea! Thanks so much for sharing;)

  2. Terrific! I'll check it out now.

  3. KIVA is such a great idea--I've heard such good things about it!

  4. I love this. I believe my sister has done this several times. I'll have to take a look. Thanks LeAnn!

  5. Good for you for contributing!! There are three different organizations that I've thought about getting involved with: Kiva is one, Women for Women, and Heifer International. I'm not in the position to get involved right now, but definitely in the future and maybe even through my shop.

  6. Yes, Kiva is such an amazing org! How $25 can help someone secure a future is just fantastic!