I'm a Loan Shark.

Okay, okay, “loan shark” may be a little strong, but I did give out a loan. And it was repaid. And I didn't have to break anyone's legs, or do any of the other crazy sleazy things loan sharks do.

Through Kiva, our loan just helped Mwanajuma manage her food pantry and increase business in Kisauni, Kenya. $25 that used to sit in my pocket went to Kiva, through a local banking partner, into the pocket of Mwanajuma. Then it went into her business, which allowed Mwanajuma to repay the loan, and now that $25 is back in my Kiva account. That’s a loan worth investing in.

This week, Mwanajuma repaid her full loan of $375 that came partially from us, but also from individuals in Australia and San Jose and Germany and Portland. 14 strangers lending to another stranger, helping businesses and families thrive. 

Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. It’s time for you to become a loan shark too!

Scripture: Luke 6:34-35 (NIV)

And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

Further Exploration: 

Watch the documentaries Living on One and To Catch A Dollar

Read the top books on microfinance and microlending 

Make a loan on Kiva.org!