Thursday, June 17, 2010

Give Kiva -- for Father's Day

Here is another gift idea for that hard to buy for Father.

Have you heard of Kiva?

If not, you should.

You're going to love this.

Kiva is a non-profit organization that allows people like you and me to lend money to entrepreneurs living in poverty, all across the globe.

Their mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty.

How does it work?

You go to their website, scroll through the loan applicants complete with pictures and information regarding the request for the money. 

You choose an entrepreneur and then send the money to Kiva who uses microfinance institutions they have already partnered with, to distribute the money directly to the entrepreneur "in the field."

The money is then repaid to you and you have the opportunity to re-loan it, donate it to Kiva to help cover operational costs, or cash it out through PayPal.

It looks a little something like this:
This is so cool on so many levels. 

These are small loans that are being requested and you can give as little as $25.
They are for items such as a new dairy cow, a new weaving loom, or farming supplies.

Consider helping another father, living in poverty, do a little bit more for his family.

Maybe even him...
Edgar is from Bolivia and would like to buy another dairy cow to help support his family.

Or maybe him...
Cecilio from Nicaragua needs to purchase fertilizer and plant materials to improve his pineapple farm.

Or him...
Dioniso from Peru wants to plant cacao to diversify his farm and generate more income.

These are real people.
These are people trying to work to provide for themselves.

For Father's Day you can donate directly to Kiva here


 make a loan to an entrepreneur on behalf of your Father 


you can buy a Gift Certificate that allows him to choose an entrepreneur.

{They have been featured in so many  major publications it is ridiculous. 
This is not small time people. This is major.
You can check out the Press Center here.}

You can say Happy Father's Day from one father to another.

P.S. There are also plenty of female entrepreneurs to choose from.
all images via Kiva


Stephanie said...

That is such a great idea! I'm going to have to check it out further. I love it!

mallorie said...

SO great! love it!!