Kiva turns 7!
Although Kiva has been around since 2005, I can't remember when or how I first heard about it, but I do know I was instantly inspired.
For all that time lending for me has been a solitary pleasure. But that all changed on Monday.
|Kiva members and prospective new investors at the 7th Birthday party|
We had a great time at Loop, talking to other Kiva fans and listening to Nicola (above top), the evening's speaker, who enlightened me even further about the web-site. For the first time I realised that you can choose to lend to people with particular 'attributes', for example to workers trying to get by in conflict zones or my personal favourite - those who are attempting to stay on the land and resist the drift to the cities.
So this morning as I lent $25 to Yashar in Azerbaijan to buy sheep and another $25 to Juan Santos in El Salvador for five sacks of compost, I felt really grateful to Kiva for providing me with the opportunity to assist them.
Reading about the lives of these two men from very different parts of the world, I was struck much more by the similarities between them and me, than by the differences. Just like me, they both want to care for their families, to have enough money and to do work they enjoy. So thank you, Kiva, for connecting me to them, as well as to the other lenders in my new team.
And happy birthday. May you have many more!