One of the organizations that I belong to–Mormon Transhumanist Association–encourages its members to participate in a humanitarian micro-lending program called “Kiva.” If you want to participate, all you have to do is click on the Kiva icon in the column to the right. Another way to participate is through Kiva Mormons, or just go it alone.
Kiva was recently highlighted in a post on bycommonconsent.com. There, the author, suggested it as a family home evening activity. Or if you are not Mormon, as just a very useful family activity.
Quoting from bcc:
Kiva is “a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.”
Yesterday, I sent an email to Lincoln Canon, founder of MTA, and asked him about his experiences with Kiva. He responded:
I continue to be pleased with my experience at Kiva. I make regular loans, and even gave loan gift cards to my nieces and nephews for Christmas. We also encourage MTA members to do likewise through the Kiva lending team.
john f. on bcc wonders:
What would happen if all Mormons chose to have a Kiva family home evening once a quarter? I would think that the result would be tremendous.”
And I would add, what if all families (Mormon and non-Mormon) would occasionally have a Kiva evening?