Monday, July 12, 2010

Loaning with Kiva

Kiva - loans that change lives

I spoke at my first junior high summer camp for Central Christian a few weeks ago and received an honorarium. With things like that, I want to be generous with the gifts God has given me, to tithe and give away so that others might be blessed too.

So I started two micro loans with Kiva.

Here's how Kiva basically works: individuals give loans to entrepreneurs in impoverished countries to help get their business/ideas off the ground. The entrepreneurs then pay back the loans over time. I loaned funds to a woman in Lebanon for her grocery store and to a woman in the Philippines for her computer games store.

I struggled with posting this, as I don't want to be the kind of person Jesus speaks about in Matthew 6 about not letting my left hand know what my right is doing. But I also want to encourage and support unique ways to help end poverty and promote justice in our world. And this just might be one more way to do it.

1 comment:

  1. Love Kiva. The best thing about it, is that you spend the money once, then it gets paid back, then you lend it again, then it gets paid back, then you lend it again, then it... It is a beautiful cycle.