Hey, Kiva.org's all about microfinance, where you can help fund a small businessperson somewhere in the world. The deal is that you can help someone support themselves and create new jobs, which is one of the best things a human can do.
Here's what Oprah has to say, and also what Kiva suggests for the holiday period.
Give Kiva Cards this Holiday!
This holiday season, think about adding Kiva Cards to your holiday gift list. Give one to a Kiva fan or introduce friends and family to microlending by giving them credit to make a loan! Kiva Cards allow the recipient to search for a borrower and make a loan using the Kiva Card they have been given. And don't forget the best part: credit from Kiva Cards can be used again and again after repayment from the borrower! It truly is a reusable gift that is helping to alleviate poverty around the globe.
Visit www.kiva.org/gifts to explore the options we have this year for giving. This year Kiva is excited to offer the best gift idea yet: a real, hold-in-your-hand Kiva Card! You can also print or email Kiva Cards directly from the site. For a limited time, there will be FREE shipping!
Kiva Cards contain a fixed amount based on the decision of the purchaser. The card can then be used to fund a loan for the purchased amount.