KIVA - Loans that change lives
Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kive empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe by combing microfinance with the internet; Kiva is creating a global community through lending.
Kiva was born of the following beliefs:
- People are by nature generous and will help others if given the opportunity to do so in a transparent, accountable way.
- The poor are highly motivated and can be very successful when given an opportunity.
- By connecting people we can create relationships beyond financial transactions, and build a global community expressing support and encouragement of one another.
As of November 2009, Kiva has facilitated over $100 million in loans.