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Kiva is a non-profit organization that strives to live in a world where everybody has the power to create an opportunity for themselves and others. Kiva plays an active part in building such a world by providing safe, affordable access to capital for those to whom it would normally be out of reach.


The organization’s mission is: “to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.”


Notice the use of the term “lend,” as opposed to “donate.” Surely you have experienced one of those twists of fate before, by which you stick a hand in a jacket for the first time in the season, you feel a piece of paper inside a pocket and as you pull it out, you discover it is a $20 bill… What a marvelous feeling! Doesn’t seem like you have recovered something lost, but rather that you’ve unveiled something new. $20 dollars full of possibilities. Well, Kiva’s smart system is a bit like that: it allows anybody, anywhere, to give a helping hand without the need to dispense of his or her savings; In the end, both parties uncover a world of new opportunities.


Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25. As explained on their website, making a loan is as simple as a few clicks, and 100% of every dollar lent goes directly towards funding loans. Kiva’s own funding comes from grants, corporate sponsors, and foundations, which means that the organization does not even charge interest to its Field Partners –microfinance institutions across the world- who administer the loans in the field. Kiva also relies on a world wide network of over 450 volunteers who work with its Field Partners, edit and translate borrower stories, and ensure the smooth operation of countless other programs


Find out how you can volunteer here, or lend here.


Visite Lolë’s Facebook page now, post a comment sharing Your Kilimanjaro  in the My Kilimanjaro Tab, and we will donate $10 to Kiva.