A movement of students and educators
empowered to change the world through microfinance.
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Welcome to Kiva U!
This is your space. This is where it all begins. When you join a Kiva U team, you’ll connect with hundreds of other student changemakers impacting the world through microlending. Tackle complex world problems together, and change lives by helping borrowers build businesses, go to school, switch to clean energy, and more. It’s all possible — starting now.
“ I like Kiva U because it made me realize macro changes start with micro changers. Now I feel a part of a global movement to end disparity.”
— Kristina Campos, Student, City College of San Francisco
Making a difference is as easy as 1, 2, 3...
Join a team
Join forces with other inspired students to have conversations, share ideas and mobilize.
On our Kiva U Toolkits page find everything from "how to" guides to Kiva U party supplies to help you get going.
Invite your friends to join through your Kiva Profile, start a Kiva U club at your school, & spread the word in your networks with #KivaU!
Welcome to Kiva U!
Ready to bring microfinance into the classroom? Now you can find all the information and support you need to teach Kiva across grade levels and subject areas.
When you join Kiva U, you can create a team for your class or club, and tap into lesson plans to engage students in learning while changing lives. Kiva is a great way for young people to take a hands on approach to complex topics such as entrepreneurship, international development, and financial inclusion.
“ [The students] did their very best because it was real life and it mattered to them. Real life learning. Doing work that matters.”
— Diana Williams, Primary School Teacher, Surrey BC
It’s easy to get involved. We have two great resources for you to start using Kiva in your classroom: You’ll find free and downloadable PDFs of lesson plans and ideas posted by Kiva and a community of like-minded teachers on BetterLesson.com. The downloadable curriculum is available in an online editable and assignable format on UClass. And we’ve got "how to" guides and other great materials about Kiva, microfinance, and financial inclusion on our Kiva U Toolkits page.
Kiva and Citi launched Kiva U in 2013. In its first year, tens of thousands of students and teachers have banded together to take action with Kiva U and microfinance and they have empowered countless entrepreneurs around the world to bring themselves out of poverty.
We love this fantastic article about how microfinance inspired Saloni to action. Her journey takes her from lender to Kiva intern to the Kiva U advisory board, helping put into place the foundations for what is now Kiva U!
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The only way to be a part of the Kiva U community, to get emails and updates, and join our unified calls to action is to join a Kiva U team. Kiva U teams are any teams that are registered under the Colleges/Universities, Schools, and Youth team categories.
Your school, club, or class may already have a team that you can join - do a quick search here. If not, create one by going to the Start a New Team button on the right of this page.
Kiva U teams are made up of passionate students and educators who band together to learn about the world, take action, and maximize their impact. They give you a chance to:
- Connect with your peers and other lenders on team message boards
- Join forces with others to get loans funded faster and maximize your impact together
- Discover more cool info and tools to spread the word and get others to join the cause!
Kiva makes it easy to lend as little as $25 to help people start and grow businesses,
build homes, go to school, switch to solar energy, and much more.
Kiva U envisions a world where all students and educators are empowered with the tools and opportunities to become informed, inspired, and mobilized global citizens. Through experiential learning, digital collaboration, and the power of human connections, Kiva U provides a platform for young people to take action and change lives via microfinance and financial inclusion.
The result is a program that: A gives students and educators the resources and opportunity to make a real difference in the world, B tackles some of today’s most important social issues through the lens of microlending, and C touches the lives of thousands of people in the process.
Kiva U is a collaboration between Kiva and Citi to engage students and educators on the topic of financial inclusion on campuses, in classrooms, and via social networks.