Last year MySpace Founder Chris DeWolfe gave away Kiva.org gift certificates to his employees as a Christmas presents. I noticed Tim Ferris gave away a gift certificate via Twitter. I decided to do the same but with Kiva.org the micro lending site gift certificates.
I am giving away one certificate via my blog with this posting, one via facebook, and one via twitter. I’ll be giving away another certificate via twitter in the next few days so follow me on twitter. I added a $20 donation to Kiva on top of the gift certificates to cover the operations for the loans, so don’t feel obligated to add the service fees that they might ask you to donate when using this certificate for the loan.
From the Kiva website:
Kiva (www.kiva.org) [is] a non-profit that allows you to lend as little as $25 to a specific low-income entrepreneur in the developing world.
You choose who to lend to – whether a baker in Afghanistan, a goat herder in Uganda, a farmer in Peru, a restaurateur in Cambodia, or a … Read Moretailor in Iraq – and as they repay their loan, you get your money back. It’s a powerful and sustainable way to empower someone right now to lift themselves out of poverty.
Below is the certificate. All I ask is that you please post a comment linking to the loan that you used it on.
By the way, you will also need the email address <> to be able to use this certificate.
This email confirms that you have purchased a $25.00 Kiva gift certificate. This gift certificate will become
a donation to Kiva if it is not redeemed by Dec 24, 2009. We’ll send you several reminders so that you won’t forget.
When you want to send the gift certificate to your friend, the recipient will need the following information:
Gift Code: 7667482456866
I still think that Kiva.org should allow you to make a donation with the expectation of never recieving any money back by creating microfoundations for micro loans.