When 100 or so of her friends gather to help her celebrate her 16th birthday on Saturday night, Keara Haldeman is hoping not for presents but cash – even just a little. The money isn’t for her but rather the micro-lender Kiva.org, which she’s actively supported since she was 11.
“When I started donating part of my allowance, Kiva stood out because it helps people learn how to sustain themselves and in doing so, teaches values,” she told InMenlo during a phone conversation.
While she’s suggesting to friends that they bring $5 to $25 to the party, she’s just as eager to raise awareness about the Menlo Atherton High School Kiva Fund she set up last year. The start of the school year is a good time to do that and happened to be close to her birthday, which was August 1.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Kiva.org is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. Founded in 2005, Kiva.org’s mission is to connect people, through lending, to alleviate poverty.