The blog I selected is a student looking at Kiva for a class in college, similar to myself. I found this blog to be interesting because it allows me to see another student’s perspective and thoughts on Kiva. I am extremely interested by the organization, and it appears this student’s class is going more in depth with the organization than our own. While this blog currently only has three posts, it will be updated weekly throughout the semester.
With the user name “cptnkoolaid,” I was not expecting much out of this blog. But, they actually bring up a lot of great points about our society today. In his first post, “Kiva – 001 – The Struggle of Humanity,” he brings up ideas about the wealth distribution in the world and how it is not equal at all. His dialogue about the family structure and how it is different when a breadwinner has to travel far from home just to make enough to feed his family really got me thinking. I am lucky to have two loving parents, a stay at home mom and a dad who has always had a stable, traditional job where he was home by 6:30 most nights. Not many people around the world can consider themselves as fortunate as I can. When the breadwinner of a family is forced to travel far or work gruelingly long hours just to make enough money to provide dinner for their families, this has a strong impact on the lifestyle of that family.
By providing these struggling families with a microloan, donors can have a bigger impact than they could ever imagine. What is a small, almost negligible amount to the donor could be the difference between eating and skipping a meal for a poor family. These microloans allow the breadwinners of a household to more easily provide for their families, leading to a more stable household from which everyone benefits. I enjoyed reading “cptnkoolaid”s thoughts on Kiva and how closely they matched my own.