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By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Micro-loan site gives everyone the chance to help.

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As a family activity, loaning through Kiva is a pretty cool thing to do. Kids should love the process of picking the folks they want to lend to! Through pictures and a short write-up of each business and the faces behind it, they'll discover that there are lots of ways to make a living. Kiva isn't geared directly towards kid-only usage, so it would be a good idea to sit down at the computer along with your child and talk through the steps (also a fantastic classroom activity!) and answer the questions they're bound to have about poverty in other countries.

They'll learn what it takes to make a small business grow, the difference between giving and lending, what it means to lend money to those in need, and, when loans get repaid, personal accountability. They'll appreciate the details of each person's story, making lending through Kiva seem personal and real. And here's the fun part: when a loan is repaid, families get to choose a new person or business to share that money with. That's exciting!

Website Details

  • Subjects: Social Studies : cultural understanding, global awareness, the economy
  • Skills: Responsibility & Ethics : fiscal responsibility, learning from consequences, respect for others
  • Genre: Civic Engagement
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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