How Kiva Works: Follow the Money

In December 2007 I said “give Kiva a try.”

In July 2008 I described a defaulted Kiva loan that was partially funded by a fellow Minneapolis resident.

In December 2008 I described the successful completion of a Kiva loan I partially funded.

Now I’d like you to watch this video put together by Kieran Ball in London who traveled around the world to explain exactly how a Kiva loan gets to the borrower and how it’s paid back:


A Fistful Of Dollars: The Story of a Kiva.org Loan from Kieran Ball on Vimeo.

Let’s try this together. The first person who goes to Kiva.org, finds someone they consider a worthy recipient of a donation, and posts a link to that person’s profile in the comments will receive a $25 Kiva gift certificate from me that they can put toward that person’s loan request.

Go for it.

7 thoughts on “How Kiva Works: Follow the Money”

  1. Dang–I went to donate and they claimed that all of their loans were filled! Bad luck for me, but great luck for the lucky recipients!

  2. Signed up and contributed to an Entrepreneur looks like it filled up right after that though. This is a very interesting program, and the first I’ve heard of it. I’ll be sure to pass that video around and encourage more to join in as well.

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