ab heute ist es auf kiva.org auch möglich kredite an menschen aus den usa zu vergeben. die meinungen hierzu gehen auseinander wie man auf kivafriends.org nachlesen kann.
ich für meinen teil finde das ein teil des "spirits" von kiva dadurch verloren geht und werde die weiteren entwicklungen im auge behalten. trotzdem gibt es auf kiva die tolle chance menschen aus der 3. welt zu helfen. mit nur 25$ kann man die welt etwas besser machen, und man kann das geld so oft man will reinvestieren.
hier der eintrag aus dem kivablog:
Kiva in the US!
Jun 10, 2009
Today Kiva got a little closer to its mission of connecting people around the world for the sake of alleviating poverty. Starting today, lenders can make loans to microentrepreneurs in the US.
When Kiva first started, it focused on lending to entrepreneurs in Africa. In the last 4 years we have expanded to many more regions around the world, focusing in developing nations. However, our desire has always been to be a truly global organization, and to allow individuals anywhere in the world to make loans anywhere else in the world. Kiva believes that poverty exists in many forms throughout the world and that we can play a part in helping alleviate that poverty by allowing people to lend through our website.
Therefore, to be a truly global organization, Kiva is expanding into microfinance markets in the developed world. Since over 70% of our lenders are currently from North America, the United States was a natural first choice. We know there is much more to be done to fully achieve our mission of connecting people throughout the world, but we are very excited about this first step. We look forward to the day when money is flowing in all directions around the world through Kiva: a Guatemalan woman making a loan to an entrepreneur in Detroit, a man in Uganda making a loan to an entrepreneur in Rwanda, and an Italian lending to a Filipino farmer. We are excited about these possibilities and look forward to seeing them become a reality.
-- posted by Isabelle Barres at 06:06 am PDT