Kiva is an amazing organization working to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty all over the world. It is not a hand out but rather an hand up. KIVA makes micro loans and recipients have to pay the money back over time. Small loans change lives and move people and communities out of poverty! We received a grant through Citibank and KIVA to enable our students to loan $25 to a recipient of their choice.
Our students worked in teams to choose loan recipients after working through the lesson plans and learning more about poverty and people in countries they are studying in Social Studies Classes. They were assigned to create a presentation about their country and why they chose the person or group as their final grade for this unit.
KIVA Classroom Implementation Steps:
1. Introduce with balloons and a big umbrella representing the Big 5 of poverty that is always hanging over people. Job, Shelter, Education, Water, Medical, Food
2. Work through the KIVA Lesson Plans making sure to embed your standards in the lessons
3. Introduce the KIVA site to the students and show them how to look for the information they will need.
4. Play the KIVA-U Global Impact Game to understand the loan process.
5. Share the Research for Entrepreneurs document with your partner and complete the research.
6. Complete the Persuasive Power-Point Planning Sheet with your partner.
7. Use the Student Presentation Template to create your finial presentation
A Few Hints:
Look for people who are 70% or lower to loan
Take screen shots immediately so you don't lose the loan as they turn over quickly
Use a Google Form to have students fill out to keep track of their information
8. Create a Symbaloo for easy tracking of loans. Students can return next Fall and will be able to easily see if their loans have been repaid or the progress that has been made. Check out our Symbaloo: