Kiva – a micro loan system that helps people around the world – get involved! Join the planet5D team!

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If you follow me on twitter, you'll sometimes see me post about Kiva but may not know what it is all about so today is a perfect day to get you started down your path to helping others. The planet5D team has 16 members now with $2000 in loans and I want to double that this year – please consider joining!

Sample tweet from me:

Skip starbucks! Loan it to someone who could use it! Join me on @kiva. A $25 loan can change a life!

So often, we're wrapped up all around gear and filmmaking here – but let's not forget there are others who are struggling just to get their business going and to feed their families. Kiva helps them and so can you!

What I love about Kiva is that it is not just a handout – you see beggars all around the world and you don't have any idea what they'll do with any money you might give (not that they don't need help too!) – with Kiva, you know the money is a loan that will (hopefully) be repaid – something with a specific goal in mind. It isn't just a handout – it is an opportunity for someone to grow and an obligation for them to repay.

And once the loan is repaid, you get to loan the money to someone else!

Please don't hesitate – join now!

Why Kiva?

The intro page on Kiva says it well…

Kiva lenders, like planet5D, combat poverty daily by making small loans to borrowers around the world. We believe in fair access to affordable capital for people to improve their own lives.

Often only a relatively small amount of money stands in the way of Kiva borrowers and their dreams. Whether it’s a Kenyan farmer who needs $500 in order to double her grain production, or a young Bolivian woman who lacks the $1,500 tuition for nursing school, Kiva lenders provide a hand up to these and countless other borrowers.

Join us and make a loan today.

planet5D impact

Here's a screen grab of some of the outstanding loans right now the planet5D team is supporting on kiva!

52 loans that planet5D team members are supporting – click now to join!

Please don't hesitate – join now!

Look how much good you can do in the world!

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


  1. I recently heard about Kiva and researched the organization behind this great idea. It is a great idea, but Kiva takes a healthy chunk for management fees and their interest rates for borrowers can be absurdly high. I decided not to donate through Kiva and instead signed up with They have lower fees, significantly lower interest rates for borrowers, and the money flows more directly from lender to borrower. Also, Kiva apparently takes your loan but rather than disbursing it directly to the person of your choosing, disburses it how they see fit among the registered borrowers.

    However you donate your money, do your research first!

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