If you’re a new user of Kiva, you’ll receive a free $25 loan you can give to someone in need just for signing up. After you finish the sign up process, you can turn right around and give that $25 to a person seeking a loan by searching through their list of needy people.
Here’s how it works:
- You make a loan to vetted people in developing countries around the world looking to start a business. (FREE $25 loan.) All of the loan value goes directly to the individual requesting financial assistance.
- Throughout the life of the loan, check on the progress of his/her business through your email and site visits.
- If you choose to fund a loan yourself, the money becomes available in your account as the loan is repaid. This will be your Kiva Credit. ( The free $25 new member loan you receive will not be returned to you to reinvest.)
- You can now fund another loan, donate it to Kiva or withdraw it to spend.
I participated in this the last time the free credit was offered and receive regular updates on the young mother in the Philippines whose business I helped. Because of my loan, and the loans of others, she has the ability to properly educate and care for her children. I cannot recommend this enough. It’s a free opportunity to change somebody’s life.
Reminder/New to You: When you see a post titled *Feel Good Fix*, you can be sure it is a good way to make a donation to a worthy cause. Generally, this can be done with just a click of your mouse! Many times, organizations have promotions on Facebook or the web where all you have to do is like them or make a comment and they’ll donate something on your behalf – food, money, water and many other things. I try to profile at least one a week, sometimes more!