03 May '11, 3pm

How Kiva Pushes the Envelope on 'Green'

How Kiva Pushes the Envelope on 'Green'

You've probably heard of Kiva , the peer-to-peer microfinance website. Founded in 2005, Kiva has earned a reputation as an innovative nonprofit: It has enabled loans to be made to about 573,000 low-income entrepreneurs worth more than $210 million in 60 countries. More than 570,000 people, mostly Americans, have done the lending, and the repayment rate is more than 98 percent . This would be reason enough to cheer. Not content with the status quo, though, Kiva lately has pushed into new arenas. Last fall, Kiva added "student microloans" to its range of offerings. Last month, Kiva, added a category called "green loans," permitting businesses and individuals in poor countries to borrow as little as $25 to make their homes or workplaces more energy efficient, to recycle more or to convert to clean energy sources. Last week, I talked via Skype with Premal Shah, the 35-year-old...

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