Still Trying to Find That Perfect Gift? Kiva Cards Enable Family and Friends to Give the Gift of Hope Around the World

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — (Marketwire) — 12/18/12 — Even last minute gift ideas can make a world of difference. With Christmas just around the corner, you may have put off picking a gift for that hard-to-shop-for person — or you may have simply run out of time.

Kiva is the world’s first and largest nonprofit microlending platform with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Together, with its growing community of 920,000 lenders, Kiva has crowd-funded more than $380 million in microloans to 855,000 people in 66 countries, including the U.S.

With a $25 Kiva Card, the people on your list will find something that they can truly connect with, no matter what their interests are. When your Kiva Card recipient redeems the $25 loan credit on Kiva.org, they can browse through hundreds of stories and photos of people around the world seeking small loans. They can then choose who they want to lend the $25 to — from a small business owner in a country they may have visited, to artisans, farmers, clean energy users and many more.

“The spirit of giving that surrounds the holidays is a powerful force for good,” says Kiva President Premal Shah. “A beautiful aspect of the Kiva Card is that the recipient can lend their support to people they connect with and the $25 can be loaned again and again, extending the spirit of the holidays year-round for years to come.”

Kiva supports loans for people around the world engaged in sustainable, fair trade and artisan foods from beekeepers in Kenya, an organic coffee co-op in Mexico, a baker in New Orleans and many more.