Back in 2005, Kiva was launched. It was the first microloan organization to get mass publicity, and many people signed up and participated — including me.
Unfortunately, in 2009 it emerged that Kiva was being dishonest — while they encouraged lenders to browse the site, pick businesses and allocate funds, none of that made any difference at all. All the lending was already carried out before the businesses in question ever appeared on the site.
25 October 2014
“I think that what happens to people is that if you are out of the country long enough, your native country ceases to exist. When things change sufficiently, the country that you are truly a native of is gone.” — William Gibson