Kiva.org Doles Out Micro Loans that are the Color of Money

Kiva.org, a micro-lending site that connects lenders with borrowers around the world, is announcing a new loan category called Kiva Green Loans (and it’s not called that after the color of money). The green loans will be for “green” businesses and individuals who are trying to reduce their impact on the environment. The new loans are for businesses that include such things as recycling or the switching to organic fertilizer. As with most micro-loans, the amounts can be as small as $25.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald