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What is Kiva?

Updated on October 9, 2010

Kiva, the legendary fighter

Kiva, a meaningful endeavor

For Japanese anime fans, Kiva is an evil-combating raider with super-natural power (see one of his photos attached). For those who are interested in knowing this global village that we live in andĀ helping, Kiva means so much more. What Is Kiva? Kiva is a website and a convenient platform which allows you to make a loan to the Working Poor of the global village. It connects 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. How do you going about doing this? You go to their website and browse some of the entrepreneurs' profiles on the site. Then you choose someone to lend to, and make a loan. You are helping a real person struggling to achieve economic independence for himself, his family, and his community. The loan typically lasts 6-12 months. During this time you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back (over 90% chance you do), you can lend it to someone else in need.

You can check it out here.


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      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

      hi blondepoet,

      it's good to see you.

      I'm actually not writing regularly, except for some writing exercise I'm doing for a short fiction writing course. I'm only posting some of my old stuff from another site which has closed down.

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      blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

      Oh Benson I had no idea you were writing again have missed you terribly sniff sniff :)