Kiva is one of KeepCalling’s favorite charities and definitely the one which involves the most employees. Our collaboration with Kiva proves that not only our service is international, but also our social support. Since our products are famous worldwide and can be used from anywhere in the world, it came natural to KeepCalling to adopt Kiva’s mission: “to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.”
The process is simple. Whenever a new employee joins KeepCalling, he/she receives a $25 coupon from the company which he can use to make his first loan through Kiva. Everybody is excited to be able to make a difference and most employees have made more than one loan.
The KeepCalling group on Kiva is currently made up of 77 members who’ve made 252 loans, amounting to a total value of $6,300. The preferred field for loans is farming, with 25 employees lending money to farmers all over the world. Next come clothing sales, supported by 18 employees and retail, a field in which 15 employees made loans. Food production/sale and personal housing are also in KeepCalling’s top 5 preferences.
Africa is our #1 continent when it comes to social support, as 76 loans were directed there by KeepCalling employees. Next up are Asia and South America, with 66 and 53 loans respectively. For a clearer picture, these are the countries that received the majority of KeepCalling team’s loans: Bolivia (27), Kenya (20), Cambodia (19), Philippines (19), and Uganda (13).
It’s quite clear that KeepCalling employees believe in the emancipation of women in underdeveloped countries. Not only do they believe in this idea, but they also support it through their loans, as 171 of all loans have gone to women, while only 80 have gone to men. Women empowerment all the way!
As KeepCalling’s former Charity Committee president used to say, when you trust a charity, you donate your money in complete faith that it will be put to good use. Along the 5 years of our collaboration, Kiva has earned our trust and implicitly our money.