SOURCE: Kiva.org

Kiva.org

December 06, 2012 16:37 ET

Share the Joy of Kiva This Holiday Season With a Kiva Card

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 6, 2012) - What can reach 66 different countries, only costs $25 and packs enough punch to change someone's life? A Kiva Card -- the perfect gift this holiday season.

Kiva is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help alleviate global poverty by connecting people through microlending. When you buy someone a Kiva Card through Kiva.org/gifts, you are giving your recipient the opportunity to help someone start or grow their small business, improve their family's housing conditions, go to school, access clean energy, and much more. For as little as $25, Kiva Cards give those special people in your life the opportunity to help change someone else's life -- halfway around the world, or even in their own backyard.

The holidays are Kiva's greatest opportunity to introduce more people to the power of microlending to create opportunity, realize dreams and enable families to break the cycle of poverty. Every card purchased leads to another person empowered by a microloan, and another introduction to Kiva's mission.

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"The spirit of giving that surrounds the holidays is a powerful force for good," said Premal Shah, president of Kiva. "By offering Kiva Cards and making it easier than ever to make loans on Kiva.org, we hope to help channel that energy in a way that can make a lasting impact on the world."

"A Kiva Card is a gift that you can give your friends and family to make a difference in someone's life, connect with a place they care about, or support a cause they believe in," said Bo Wright, Kiva lender who started lending with a Kiva Card.

"There is an emotional connection with the lending experience because I get to select who I support, I have ownership in that process," said Cheryl Riggs, Kiva lender and Kiva Card recipient.

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About Kiva.org

Kiva is a non-profit organization working to alleviate poverty by connecting people around the world through microlending. With as little as a $25 loan, anyone can help a borrower create new opportunities for themselves and their family. Together with more than 850,000 Kiva lenders and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva has created economic opportunity for more than 920,000 borrowers. Since its inception in 2005, Kiva lenders have funded more than $379 million in loans with a 98.9% repayment rate. Visit www.kiva.org for more information.

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