Kiva Gift Certificates, Kiva Loans, Kiva Lending Teams: More ways to support my Kiva Fellowship in Peru

Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.

Kiva Fellows support that mission by being the on the ground connector between the Microfinance Institution and Kiva.  Please read more about my Kiva Fellowship here.

Here are a couple more ways to support Kiva and my Kiva Fellowship in Peru:

1. Buy a Kiva gift certificate for me:

With the Kiva gift certificate, I can make a loan to a Kiva borrower and as the loan is paid back, I can withdraw the money to use for my Kiva Fellowship.  This support Kiva’s borrowers and my Kiva Fellowship.  Here is my Kiva lender page: http://www.kiva.org/lender/LethalSheethal

Here’s how to purchase a Kiva gift certificate:

  1. Go to Kiva’s gift certificate page
  2. Choose the amount
  3. Choose the number of gift certificates
  4. Enter my First Name, Last Name, Email: sheethal.shobowale@fellows.kiva.org and confirm it
  5. Enter a personal message (For example: “Hope you don’t get Dengue Fever!” or “Please lend to a widow in Cambodia, if available” or something more personal that would make me smile when I’m feeling lonely reading it from Cusco)
  6. Click “Purchase Kiva Gift Certificate(s)”
  7. Click “Agree to Terms of Service”
  8. Decide if you would like to “tip” Kiva with a donation to their operating costs (Remember, Kiva is dedicated to transparency.  100% of all loans go directly to the borrower.  Kiva does not take any portion of your loan amount for their operating costs)
  9. Review your purchase.  If you already have a Kiva account and have Kiva credit, you can use that credit to buy a gift certificate
  10. Click “Purchase”  If you don’t have enough Kiva credit, this step will take you to PayPal
  11. Log-in to PayPal or use your credit card
  12. Complete your purchase

Voilá!  You have supported a Kiva borrower and my Kiva Fellowship!

Buy a Kiva Gift Certificate - Support Kiva and My Kiva Fellowship

Buy a Kiva Gift Certificate - Support Kiva and My Kiva Fellowship

Continue reading to learn more ways to support Kiva…

2. Become a  Kiva lender

This doesn’t financially support my Kiva Fellowship but the more Kiva lenders, the more impact Kiva has!  Remember, once your loan is paid back, you have the option to relend the money to another entrepreneur or withdraw the funds.  The loan repayment rate is close to 98%!

Here’s how to become a Kiva lender:

  1. Go to Lend through Kiva to browse through or search for a borrower or group of borrowers (Here’s a link to all fundraising loans from Asociación Arariwa.  If there aren’t any available now, there will be soon once I get there!)
  2. Click “Lend $25”
  3. Add more loans or go to Checkout
  4. Click “Continue”
  5. Sign-up for a Kiva account or sign-in with your Kiva account details
  6. Decide if you would like to “tip” Kiva with a donation to their operating costs (Remember, Kiva is dedicated to transparency.  100% of all loans go directly to the borrower.  Kiva does not take any portion of your loan amount for their operating costs)
  7. Review your purchase
  8. Click “Purchase”
  9. Log-in to PayPal or use your credit card
  10. Complete your purchase

Voila!  You have become a Kiva lender and supported a Kiva borrower!

Now for the more advanced…

3. Join the Arariwa Lending Team (one of Kiva’s microfinance partners and where I will be working for 10 weeks):

  • Log-in to your Kiva account
  • Go to the Asociación Arariwa Kiva Lending Team Page: http://www.kiva.org/team/arariwa
  • Become a member of Team Arariwa
  • When you make future Kiva loans, you can have the loan count towards the Team Arariwa
  • Here’s a link to all fundraising loans from Asociación Arariwa (if there aren’t any available now, there will be soon once I get there!)
Join the Asociacion Arariwa Kiva Lending Team

Join the Asociación Arariwa Kiva Lending Team

Thanks for listening and thanks for your support for Kiva and my Kiva Fellowship!  Check out the Kiva Fellows Blog for stories from the field!

kiva.org – Loans that Change Lives

Sheethal Shobowale will serve as a Kiva Fellow, KF9 with Asociación Arariwa in Peru beginning this October.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Good site for loan lenders, thx

    Reply

  2. […] The Kiva Fellow is a 4-month long unpaid, volunteer based position designed to increase Kiva’s impact around the world.  The Kiva Fellow works directly with one of Kiva’s partner microfinance institutions (MFIs).  The Kiva Fellow is an integral part of the Kiva Team, acting as Kiva’s eyes and ears in the field and helping to extend limited resources to maximum effect.  The Kiva Fellow fosters the connection between the MFI, Kiva and the lender with their fieldwork and communication. […]

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