Helping A Fellow Entrepreneur – My Kiva Experience


So a few months ago (May), I decided to give Kiva a try. Basically, Kiva is a place where you can lend money to less fortunate entrepreneurs in other countries, to help them establish a business. Well my money went to Shamis Allah Neamat Allah.

From their website:

Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on, you can “sponsor a business” and help the world’s working poor make great strides towards economic independence.

My experience with Kiva was great. I felt good about lending money, and they provided me monthly updates whenever Shamis made a payment. My advice to you – think about using Kiva – try it out with $10 or $25 and help someone out in a less fortunate situation.

4 thoughts on “Helping A Fellow Entrepreneur – My Kiva Experience

  1. @ Aaron:
    It was really a cool deal. I didn’t give a ton of money, but it was nice to see where it went and be part of something that served the greater good.

    Listening to the SOTU last night, when W mentioned all the men and women overseas that allow us to do the things we do back here, made me think a little about what else I could do to help my fellow man (cheesy, maybe, but legit).

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