Kiva

One of the great things about being part of the Medinge group is hearing about new social ventures.  And being able to recognise some of them in the annual Brands with a Conscience awards.

I have some reservations about the rigour of the process by which we decide on these awards, but some organisations speak for themselves.  One such this year was Kiva, an organisation that facilitates small loans from individuals to teams and people in developing countries.

Nominated by Tim Kitchin and Johnnie Moore, I hadn’t heard of it, but have subsequently signed up and got involved, making loans to groups in Cambodia and Tajikistan.

At a time when banks aren’t making loans to solid prospects, it’s nice to be able to take matters into my own hands and help more directly where it will do more good.