By Kiva.org

Reviewed for Middle School, 2007

Looking for a way to help kids give back during a season of get? Slip this in their stockings to give a hands-on lesson in fighting global poverty, by using one of their favorite tools...the Internet. Introducing Kiva.org, which works with micro-finance centers worldwide to distribute small loans in $50 increments, to small business owners and other members of the working poor. Whether it's an apricot farmer in Afghanistan wanting to plant more trees, or a Kenyan nurse hoping to replenish her medical supplies, Kiva.org provides profiles of each candidate and their reason for requesting a loan-- putting a human face on poverty. Loans, unlike donations, are paid back in full over a period of 6-12 months, so kids can keep reinvesting their money again and again. A priceless experience in social consciousness, this is a gift that keeps on giving. (www.kiva.org)