What in the hell is a Kiva gift you're likely asking? This is another goal that has been on my 101 in 1001 list since I began it.
First, you should just check out Kiva's website. It's pretty thorough and easy to understand, but I'll try to summarize it for you as well. There's basically fours steps in the Kiva process.
- You first make the loan to someone for a great cause. You get to go here and choose a borrower. Cambodia holds a very special place in my heart, so I'll likely choose a borrower from there. Go here to get long and short versions on how borrowers are chosen.
- Check your email for progress updates on how your loan is being utilized. You can also view updates through the Kiva website.
- You may even get money back! The borrower does repay the loan, so it's possible that you'll get repaid for your donation with a "Kiva Reward.*" *Which is in no way guaranteed so not a legit reason to lend and help out others in need.
- Use your Kiva Reward to pay it forward (or withdraw it for yourself).
Need something to help you understand better? Watch this.
I would absolutely love to hear and share your stories from any trips or volunteer experiences in third world countries. If you're interested in guest posting (or re-posting) a story or experience you've had please email me!