“Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org, you can “sponsor a business” and help the world’s working poor make great strides towards economic independence.
Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates from the business you’ve sponsored. As loans are repaid, you get your loan money back. After that you can channel that money to help another person in need.” – About Kiva
Every month, I will be using a portion of this site’s revenue to sponsor at least one person in need on Kiva.
How do you know how many people this site is helping? You can track all the donations made through my lender page.
How you can help
If you want to play a simple role in this project, please join this site’s community to help Friedbeef’s Tech!
You can either
- Subscribe to my RSS feed or email (via the subscription widget at the top right of this webpage)
- Follow me on Twitter
- Add me to your StumbleUpon friend’s list
…Or feel free to do all 3!
By doing any of the above – you give this site (and this project) a sign of approval.
Please note: There are no conditions or strings attached, nor quota to be fulfilled. I will be moving forward with my donations every month regardless of who or how many people join in this project.
Also, please do not send me money for this cause. If you’re willing to give cash – please donate directly to Kiva.org
Bonus read: Find out more about Kiva
Update:27th April 2009:
Since starting this project we’ve funded:
- 65 micro-loans for entrepreneurs in need with Kiva, totaling more than USD$1,600.
We’ve also completed a blog comment drive which successfully raised money for the following:
- 1 insecticide treated net which provides protection for children and their parents in India
- 1 year’s education and school materials for a poor native child in Malaysia
- 1 donation to the HOPE HIV/AIDs fund to help to care for those who have been affected by the epidemic
…and another blog comment drive for Blog Action Day 2008, which raised money to help buy a cow for a village under Heifer.org
…and a tree planting project in which we aim to plant 1,000 trees in 2010