As global travelers, we know that a foreign country and its people can sometimes leave a lasting impression. Even after returning home, we often wish there was some way to show gratitude for the unique memories and experiences. Thanks to a new partnership TripAdvisor just formed with Kiva, the world’s first microlending nonprofit, you can now give back to your favorite country, and it’s as easy as posting a review.
This new partnership gives travelers the opportunity to lend $25 to small business owners and communities in the places they visit. The program seeks to help alleviate poverty and give TripAdvisor users a chance to be part of something great. $25 may seem small, but to a seamstress in Cambodia, a farmer in Peru, or a fisherman in Indonesia, that amount could translate to a shop of their own or clean water in their homes. And since it’s fully funded by TripAdvisor (i.e. free for you!), there’s no reason not to participate.
Here’s how it works:
1. Log on to www.tripadvisor.com.
2. Find a hotel, vacation rental, restaurant, or attraction that you’ve been to in one of the 66 Kiva-supported countries outside of the United States.
3. Share your experience so that other travelers may benefit from your wisdom.
5. Check out the potential borrowers in that country, and select the one that moves you the most.
That’s it! Thanks for helping us to make the world a better place.