I have been a lender and Kiva brand ambassador for many years. In fact, partial proceeds from sales of my book support this non-profit organization with the mission of connecting people to alleviate poverty through lending. By combining micro finance with the internet, Kiva has created a caring, financial community of tens of thousands, facilitating over $100 million in loans to entrepreneurs around the world. Stories play a major role on the Kiva site. You can see the photos and read the stories of the entrepreneurs in need and choose the one you wish to support. Breaking news in this week’s Economist “Making the Grade”, is that Kiva plans to enter the student loan market. Funding poor students in emerging markets is the next big thing in micro finance and creating a hotbed of innovation. I can’t wait to read the success stories to follow this initiative. Speaking of stories… the inspiring BIOS of the Kiva team here.