Updated: As of the end of 2016, we've decided to sunset this feature, so it's no longer possible to dedicate a loan. If this is something you're interested in seeing again, let us know!
Kiva has introduced yet another way to share the power of micro-lending with your friends and family: Loan dedications.
Now you can celebrate or honor the special people in your life by making a loan in their name. When you choose this option, you give someone else the chance to see the difference loans can make in people's lives.
You'll also be making a difference for Kiva. Repayments for dedicated loans become donations that help us cover our operating expenses and reach more borrowers around the world.
What to love about dedicated loans:
1) Choice. You can dedicate any loan on Kiva. Find one that has special meaning for your honoree, reminds you of times spent together, etc. Loan dedications give you the option to attach a personal message to explain why you chose this loan just for them.
2) Makes a beautiful gift. Dedicated loans are truly gifts that keep giving. But they're also beautiful. When you dedicate a loan to someone, they'll receive a customized email and public dedication webpage that they can share with even more people -- or on Facebook.
Sample loan dedication email
Sample public loan dedication webpage.
4) Ease. Your honoree doesn't need to belong to Kiva to receive a dedicated loan. And you can easily keep track of loans you've dedicated. They'll appear on your Portfolio page just like regular loans, only designated with a heart symbol.
5) Multiplied impact. When you dedicate a loan, you're telling someone how special they are to you AND helping a borrower realize their dreams. But there's more. When that borrower repays the loan, Kiva will use those funds to put more staff in the field, provide more support for partners and borrowers, and expand our geographical footprint to change more lives. You'll be making it happen.
Get started today by choosing a loan you want to dedicate from the Lend tab on Kiva. Look for the Dedicate Loan option during the checkout process.
We're always thinking up new ways for our lenders to engage with Kiva. Have ideas? Questions about loan dedications? Send them our way at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy lending!
Camille brings her passion for storytelling to Kiva, where she helps create and curate online content. A longtime journalist, she started her career reporting on arts and culture for the Wall Street Journal in London and New York. In 2008, she joined San Francisco-based blog VentureBeat, writing about green technology, policy and finance. Most recently, she worked in public relations for electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors. Outside of work, Camille volunteers as a web designer for maternal health nonprofit Saving Mothers. She holds a B.A. in women's history from Stanford University, where she also served as editor in chief of The Stanford Daily.