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A Time To Give: Small Loans, Big Help

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This holiday season many want to help others but will say: "what can I do to help? I don't have that much money to give." Thanks to Kiva you don't need much.

Fight Global Poverty For A Few Bucks

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Microlending is a revolutionary and efficient way to fight poverty that gives businesses in developing nations a real chance. Entrepreneurs in these countries don't need a lot of money, thus small loans can make all the difference. Thanks to great minds millions of dollars have found their way to help out around the world -- a few bucks at a time.

How Does Someone In Los Angeles Give One of These Loans?

Kiva makes microlending convenient thanks to it's global reach and easy-to-navigate social networking-eque website. They help us to find them, from the comfort of our palm tree-lined streets.

Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.

-Go to Kiva.org
-Find a businessperson
-Read their story
-See the small risk of default
-Make a difference

The average loan is only $25, and you'll more than likely get it back. It's easy and is kind of fun. Kiva gift certificates are a nice socially minded last-minute holiday gift too. I'm giving out a few this holiday season.

Kiva.org is open 24/7.