Kiva is a site that allows those of us in the first world to directly invest in business ventures in the third world. Because if we can take banks out of the process we’re all better off.
So far I’ve invested $200 in seven different enterprises all over the world. Poultry farms in Togo and Uganda, a wood crafter in Ukraine, a cafe in Azerbaijan, stuff like that.
It feels good, having a savings account that actually does some good. And it feels really, really good to play God with these people’s lives.