Charitable donations are always a good idea for a gift, but you can run into problems matching the right charity to the right recipient. With Kiva, your child's teacher can get involved and decide where the money will go. You can opt for a printed certificate, an email notification, or have the card mailed out, and denominations start at $25.
Kiva is a crowd funded, nonprofit organization that allows people to loan money to entrepreneurs in over 70 countries, helping them become self-sufficient. The folks who need the money describe what their businesses are all about, how much they need, and what they will do with the loan. With a Kiva card, the teacher can browse through the potential recipients and chose the one she wants to support. Then the loan is paid back in installments, and eventually your teacher will have the full donation amount back to loan again, to someone else in need.
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