Kiva and Food.  Well… in the grand scheme of things, they go together.  Kiva is an organization that facilitates loans to individuals to make them self-sufficient, raise them out of poverty, and let them feed themselves.

Victor got involved with Kiva quite awhile ago, and has about $200.00 in loans.  He has been paid back every penny he has loaned out, and takes the paid-back loan and reloans it to others. It is a great system!

Their website states:

Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world.

The people you see on Kiva’s site are real individuals in need of funding – not marketing material. When you browse entrepreneurs’ profiles on the site, choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan, you are helping a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can relend to someone else in need.

For as little as $25.00 you can help someone change their life.  Not give them a handout.  Not change their life for them, but allow them to help themselves.

What a concept, huh?!?