Kiva Gift Certificate Give Away

I’ve talked about micro-credit lending programs and the positive impact they have on poverty and justice issues. I love the concept and have invested my “loan dollars” through an organization called Kiva. When I started they were little known and had far more loan requests than lenders like myself. This all change recently with the release of Bill Clinton’s new book “Giving” where Kiva is highly touted. They have become known!

You can read a couple of my posts on the subject including, Dr. Yunus, “Banker to the Poor” and Kiva Update.

You can learn more about Kiva here.

I’m so sold on this concept that I’d like to introduce it in a practical way to two people. I’m going to do this by giving away two US$25.00 Kiva gift certificate that two people can use to make their first micro-credit loan through Kiva.

It is open to anyone who reads this blog. The only condition is that you have never used Kiva or any other micro-credit program to make a micro loan and that, if you have a blog, you post on your experience at some point in the future.

If you’d like to be one of the lucky two, just leave a comment on this post. I’m not sure how I’ll decide if I get more than two comments (which I hope I do), but it will be fair, if subjective.

Comment away!

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15 Responses to “Kiva Gift Certificate Give Away”

  1. Lew A says:

    I’ve heard of these micro-loan things before but have never used them. I think I might have even heard of Kiva. I’m still a little unfamiliar with the process but have been definitely considering using my money to support the operation.

    I was talking to my uncle about it a few weeks ago too. He is into financial things and knew a lot about it. If I remember correctly he was saying that the guy who started the micro-loan stuff got a Nobel prize for it.

    How do you decide who gets the “micro-loan”? Do you weigh their business model or just give it to anyone? Just curious.


    God’s Glory,
    Lew A

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  2. Rick Meigs says:

    Lew, Dr. Yunus (you can read my post about him) did win the Nobel Peace prize in 2006 for his pioneering work in micro-credit. As for how one decides who to make a loan to, it is pretty subjective. I focus on certain countries, women without husbands and then just go with what looks good. There is a partner organization in each country that is qualifying each loan recipient and also tracking the loan once it is made. Kiva, through people like us, is just the funding organization. The in country partner organization does all the administrative work on the loan.

  3. I’ve been looking at Kiva, but have never participated in a program like it. If you select me, I’ll match your $25, and since I just returned from 3 weeks in South Africa, I’d like to choose a woman from Africa, preferably working in the arts. Great incentive to get people interested — thanks!

  4. Mary says:

    I think I first heard about Kiva through one of your earlier posts. I’ve read about it a little, and my husband and I have been talking about being a part of it. Currently we live in a tiny town of 400, most of whom have never been to another country and just can’t quite relate to the struggles others have across the globe. I’ve been wanting to hear about the experiences of people who’ve given to Kiva, and I appreciate your endorsement of it. Thanks!

  5. Adam Ellis says:

    I just recently heard about Kiva (in an interview with Bill Clinton I saw on the Daily Show). I found it fascinating and have been wanting to check it out. It seems like a truly innovative approach that would be extremely accessible for many who want to engage with justice issues but don’t know where to start. I would love to give it a shot.

  6. brad grinnen says:


    awesome idea and i think this really generates some good interest. i would like to apply, lol, but would prefer someone else get it. i know that dani and i will be joining with kiva soon. its been on our active list of decisions for awhile now and will be a reality. we have the resources and believe in microfinancing. so good luck to whoever you choose, but don’t choose us. we’re already bording that ship.

    i would encourage every one of your readers to look into microfinancing of some sort, kiva or otherwise.


  7. jose says:

    I just want to echo Brad. This is a great idea for getting other folks involved in an ingenious program; it gives them a taste. Excellent idea for a prize.

    And I vote for Alan.

  8. jose says:

    Thought I’d mention I found you through nichole.

  9. Rick Meigs says:

    Brad and Jose: Thanks for the input! I’ll select the “winners” tomorrow.

  10. joe says:

    we have discussed kiva in earlier blogs. if one of the $25 is available, i would be interested. my wife is interested but not sure yet. maybe this will help her see how it works. i am yet to do it as well.

    if they are gone, that is fine too. peace.

  11. Rick Meigs says:

    I’m going to go with Alan and Mary. Congratulation to the two of you and I’ll be sending you an email tomorrow or this weekend. I hope your experience with Kiva is a rewarding one! Keep us posted on your experience.

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