I’d like to dedicate this post to my beautiful little sister, Catherine Pamela Rose. Today I made my first loan on Kiva.org, the world’s first person-to-person lending platform.
I chose to send my $25 to a woman named Esther who lives in Juliaca, Peru. Esther has two children, aged 6 & 7. You can see her “borrower profile” here.
I chose to loan to Peru because my little sister, Catherine, was born there. Our family adopted her when she was just 3 weeks old. I spent six months in Lima, and my mom spent eight in what proved to be a very difficult adoption. Catherine’s mom was named Gladys. I wanted to find a borrower with her name, but couldn’t. Esther’s photo caught my eye, though, and I’m proud to say I am now a Kiva Lender.
When Esther has repaid her loan, I will get my $25 back and have the option of channeling my funds into another loan. I will be able to track Esther’s progress on the Kiva website, and even read about or watch video updates on Esther’s business and life.
I will write a longer piece about Kiva soon. I’m in San Francisco right now for Kiva Fellows Program training!