From Financial Integrity
"Empower people around the world with a $25 loan."
If you’re looking for a way to share your life energy and make a difference, you might consider Kiva. Working with partner organizations around the world, Kiva provides microlending to people in poverty who wish to start businesses or save. In their own words:
“We are 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.”
Though the risks tend to be low, microlending is not risk-free, and the benefits may be limited to social benefits: the satisfaction of making a difference in the world. If you’ve reached the point in your financial journey where you’ve established your emergency fund and you’re ready to use some portion of your accumulated life energy to benefit others, microlending may be worth investigating.