One month every year we join together to really recognize the importance and impact of microfinance on people's lives around the world. Check out this fantastic activity to better understand and share how crucial it is to lend to those the banks won't lend to.
No matter who you are, water is an essential part of life for you, but less than 1% of the water on Earth is fit for human consumption. Use this activity to examine your own water usage and that of your family, and use Kiva to explore how everyday people can help get clean water to people around the world.
Join hundreds of classrooms around the world who will be discussing women and gender equality this March in honor of International Women's Day (on March 8th) with this amazing lesson that reflects on incredible women in history, on the Kiva platform and in our own lives. #BeBoldForChange #InvestInHer
Check out this fantastic activity created for parents and families to reflect on this month that is dedicated to love and compassion, and to use the Kiva platform as a tool to build empathy and give some love.
This beautiful story provides a glimpse into an amazing childhood that includes a journey across the Himalayas and growing up at a refugee school. It shows that no matter how difficult life may seem, there is kindness and beauty all around. Parents and teachers, use this story to explore the life of a Tibetan refugee, to reflect on your own gratitude, and to explore Kiva as a tool to offer support and opportunities to others around the world. (Jan 2017) (photo credit: Tibetan Children's Village)
Thanksgiving and the holidays are excellent times to reflect on the things and people for which we are most grateful. Use our Gratitude & Empathy activities with your class, friends or family in thinking about these and use Kiva to explore if the things and people you're thankful for are shared by people around the world.
Try your hand at 'Global Impact' by making loans, helping borrowers around the world get their businesses going and keeping yourself healthy and strong along the way! See how high you can score and how many borrowers lives you can change! Check out Volume 1 of our Global Impact Game Guide to help you and your kids/students dig deeper and learn more using this cool, interactive game and guide!
Make Your Own Eternal Impact
Check out this short video about one classroom's experience changing lives with Kiva U!
And this video celebrating Kiva U's first year accomplishments!
These resources contain everything you need to set up a team, motivate members, and spread the word to others about microfinance and Kiva.
Kiva 101: Poverty, Sustainable Development, Microfinance and Kiva
Kristen Goggin: A Kiva Champion and impressive Kiva-savvy educator's amazing blog on how she incorporates project based/experiential learning and global education into her math program in Stories from the Garage.
One Hen: One Hen is a fantastic book that serves as a beautiful, true, and inspiring introduction to microfinance through the story of a boy in Ghana and his hen. The book and the extensive resources hosted on the website are highly recommended for parents and educators hoping to build a better understanding of live in Ghana, poverty, and how microfinance works with children.
Learn more about our partners and the work they do to support entrepreneurs around the world and help put an end to global poverty.
SAGE: Our friends at the fantastic global education travel company SAGE helped Kiva U students from two schools to learn about microfinance first-hand in Guatemala. Learn more about their 2015 summer adventure here.
+Acumen: Our friends at +Acumen are also working to help support the newest generation of leaders in social innovation. Check out their free courses online. There's an exciting one on financial sustainability coming up.
Ashoka: The team at Ashoka has created a course in empathy. By completing this free course, you will gain tips and ideas from schools, entrepreneurs, and experts on how to instill empathy in children and prepare them for the road ahead.
Girl Rising: Educating girls can change the world, but there are still millions of girls who never get that opportunity. Girl Rising is a film and a movement, and also features fantastic educator resources, available here.
BYU: A group of university students from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah surveyed and experimented with coordinating a Kiva U event on their campus. They collected their learnings and tips for success in this helpful video guide and slideshow.
University of Agder, Norway: What would you do with an extra $25? Buy a new shirt? A nice meal? A group of MBA students from the University of Agder created this video offering a different perspective of what $25 is worth and how a small loan can support families around the world.
What works in ending poverty? Here is an article from BRAC with a new apporach to help the ultra-poor move to a place of sustainable livelihoods in 24 months.
The Kiva Store: Get some Kiva gear here or email us at KivaU@kiva.org for Kiva U materials (stickers, pencils, flyers, and more!)
Better World Education (BWE): This non-profit envisions a future where all youth practice empathy and social change while also learning math and literacy. BWE shares powerful stories, videos and lesson plans. Teachers and youth then use these resources to transform mindsets, academic engagement and our communities for the better. Kiva U will be collaborating with BWE on pieces of work.