Have you ever heard of Kiva? Neither had I until last June when I read an article by Dr. David Lose on his daily blog, In the Meantime1. I’d like to share parts of that article with you.
I love Kiva, perhaps the first internet-facilitated, global face-to-face micro-lending organization. We’ve enjoyed giving and receiving Kiva gift certificates at Christmas in our family for several years. But although I knew a bit about the organization, I hadn’t seen the TED Talk of its founder, Jessica Jackley, until just recently. (I highly recommend this TED talk; it’s well worth the 18 minutes. You can find it on line at www.ted.com/speakers/jessica_jackley.)
Jessica Jackley points out two things. First, she believed from the beginning that people care about others and want to help. She didn’t try to convince them, or persuade them, or draw them into helping others through games or gimmicks. She just believed people cared and only needed a way to make a difference.
Second, she knows the power of a good story. And, indeed, the secret of Kiva is introducing stories – and thereby the lives – of thousands upon thousands of people who are seeking to make a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities via the small loans they request through Kiva.
So here’s how Kiva works — first, choose a borrower; second, make a loan; third, get repaid; and fourth, repeat. (Check out the short video here: kiva.org/about/how.) There are thousands of loans to choose from and thousands of ways to help here in the United States and around the world. What I really like about Kiva is you can form a partnership with an entrepreneur for as little as $25.
Check out Kiva’s homepage at www.kiva.org and consider a loan.
Peace and blessings,
Pastor Tom Hillertz
(1In the Meantime, The Power of Love and a Good Story, Dr. David Lose, June 3, 2015)