Wilston Vet is involved in a microcredit scheme (via Kiva) which is aimed at lifting people in third world countries out of the poverty cycle. Microcredit is widely thought of to be the most successful and sustainable method of putting an end to world poverty.
Wilston Vet has financed 19 microcredit loans to people living in poverty via “Kiva.”
Kiva’s mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty.
Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending.
Kiva was born of the following beliefs
- People are by nature generous, and will help others if given the opportunity to do so in a transparent, accountable way.
- The poor are highly motivated and can be very successful when given an opportunity.
- By connecting people we can create relationships beyond financial transactions, and build a global community expressing support and encouragement of one another.
- Dignity: Kiva encourages partnership relationships as opposed to benefactor relationships. Partnership relationships are characterized by mutual dignity and respect.
- Accountability: Loans encourage more accountability than donations where repayment is not expected.
- Transparency: The Kiva website is an open platform where communication can flow freely around the world.
As of November 2009, Kiva has facilitated over $100 million in loans.
Click here to go to the Kiva Website ( and our lending page) and learn more about the use of microcredit to alleviate world poverty.
Pendo, 27 years old, borrowed $175 to open a cafe in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania