We envision a world where all people hold the power to create opportunity for themselves and others. That’s the first thing you’ll read about Kiva when you enter their web page. For those not yet familiar with Kiva, this platform facilitates loans for people in different countries with poor economy, who need funds to make their small business grow or start, or invest in their education. And because KeepCalling is all about connecting people around the world and also giving social support, the Kiva causes are still very appealing for the KC team members. It’s been nine years now since our first donation and the story goes on.
KC Team activity on Kiva
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.
I remember my very first loan through Kiva. It was to help a young lady improve her Hair Salon, in Ghana. Yes, I know it didn’t change the world, but it changed her world. Kiva helps you lend for causes that are closest to your interests and passions: education, agriculture, arts, retails or alternative energy. I’ve made a total of 15 loans in the meantime, and I am sure that everywhere that $25 went, it made a difference. (Bianca Soima, CS Team, KeepCalling)
Who do we help?
The KeepCalling group on Kiva is currently made up of 117 members who have made 423 loans, amounting to a total value of $10,400. The preferred field is farming with 46 loans. Next come clothing sales, supported by 23 employees and agriculture, a field in which 19 employees have made loans so far. Food production/sale and personal housing are also in KeepCalling’ s top 5 preferences. It seems that most of the KC loaners are supporting women (65%), rather than men (35%). Also, the #1 country for the KC loans is Bolivia, the Philippines are #2 and next come Kenya, Cambodia and Uganda in a top 5.
Dreams are universal, but opportunity is not. So you too can make loans on Kiva and can help people around the world create opportunity for themselves and their communities.