I’ve seen a few blogs I follow mention Kiva the past few days — first hat tip to Dennis Howlett here — so I need to remember to look at it more closely going forward. Microfinance is one of the most effective ways to reduce the vulnerability of the poor while removing the stigma of dependency. We have participated in Heifer International programs regularly, but Kiva looks like a way to kick up our involvement a notch.
In a related topic, microprojects are an emerging topic in our field. We struggle with managing the balance between ensuring control of small initiatives while not smothering them. I really like the discussion on small projects in Eclectic Bill’s blog (here).