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Tiny Cubicle Giving That Could Change the World

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Before most popular social platforms caught on—or were even created—a small non-profit started to show individuals around the world new ways to engage with pressing problems.

Kiva was founded in 2005 to “connect people through lending to alleviate poverty,” celebrating and supporting people “looking to create a better future for themselves.”

It was before crowdfunding was even a thing.

And the organization’s success showed the value behind people connecting with other people in real ways.

Kiva’s Jason Riggs calls it “human-scaling the big issues.”

 

Uniting Around a Common Cause

Kiva has connected 2 million borrowers in 80 countries to lenders around the world.

So far, these loans total to around $880 million.

“We’ve proven that if people around the world are given the right, transparent tools,” Jason says, “they’re more than willing to engage as global citizens around a common cause.”

All lenders get paid back—and they’re free to reinvest those funds back into additional projects.

“We’ve proven that if people around the world are given the right, transparent tools,” Jason says, “they’re more than willing to engage as global citizens around a common cause.”

“We’ve also proven that crowdfunding can be powerful—and it works,” he says.

Making ‘Last-Mile’ Connections

In the years ahead, Jason says Kiva is looking to help crowdfund large-scale community projects, like solar grids to power an entire community.

“Microfinance won’t necessarily meet all the needs of projects at this scale,” Jason says. “We’re hoping to partner with like-minded companies to make the ‘last-mile’ connections between significant needs and the power of our giving base.”

“We’re helping people all over the world find access to education and other essential needs,” says Dasle Kim, Social Impact Manager at Pearson. “And so far, our employees have given over one million dollars in loans.”

Improving Education Around the World

For Pearson’s part, every company employee is given $25 in Kiva credit to make loans of their choice.

“We’re helping people all over the world find access to education and other essential needs,” says Dasle Kim, Social Impact Manager at Pearson. “And so far, our employees have given over one million dollars in loans.”

It’s cubicle giving that could change the world.

Pearson is partnering with NBC on the “Goal to Be Greater” project. They’re collecting pledges to make a difference in communities at the Parent Toolkit website.