Orlando Sentnel: Help the world with a small loan
Got money to burn and want to change the world -- even a little? Then check out Kiva.org, which helps everyday people make small loans to entrepreneurs who are trying to dig out of poverty in developing nations.
Kiva.org lenders can browse through profiles of those in need, whose loan applications were vetted through local, culturally attuned nonprofits or microfinance organizations before being posted on the Web site. The profiles have photos and detailed explanations of their businesses and why they need the loan.
A shoe saleswoman in Mexico. A cement seller and a soft-drink vendor in Azerbaijan. A Kenyan woman in need of a cow. These four people needed loans their local banks could not provide, so Will Nathan, 23, became their lender through Kiva.org. All while sitting on his couch. ...