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Christmas Gift to Kiva
An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until December 24, 2017
As Christmas approaches we’re reminded of the gift of giving and compassion. An organisation, Kiva, have decided to honour that idea and are encouraging you to ‘light up a life this holiday season’ by giving a loan to someone in need.
It works like this; you scroll through a large number of loan applications. You can sort them by gender, country, or loan purpose. You might choose a woman like Francine from Rwanda who wants to enlarge her shop or choose someone from over 80 countries. You send the organisation money in multiples of $25, and when they reach their target, the loan is given to the individual or business. They then pay it back slowly, and you gradually build a credit in your account to the value of your loan.
At any time you can either withdraw your credit or once it reaches $25, you can relend it to someone elsewhere in the world.
It’s a great idea, and smart way to get your kids involved in the giving season and teach them about compassion. You can also give a Kiva gift card to your friends and family and they then choose the person to whom the loan is made, and when that loan is repaid they can keep lending it over and over again.
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