How to Use Kiva to Meet Minimum Spending Requirements on Credit Cards

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You can use Kiva to meet your minimum spending requirements on credit cards.  However, this isn’t for everyone because your money is tied up for months.  And there is a risk of losing your money!  But you are also helping others at the same time!

How To Use Kiva To Meet Minimum Spending Requirements On Credit Cards

Kiva Lets You Help Others and Meet Minimum Spending Requirements on Credit Cards

Although you can no longer load Vanilla Visa cards to Bluebird at Walmart, there are lots of ways to complete your minimum spending, like using Kiva.

Because I have to spend $13,000 in 3 months, I may use Kiva to meet my minimum spending.  If you’re applying for the U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Signature card, some folks have reported being able to get the 3X points on charitable donations on Kiva loans.

Kiva

Link:   Kiva 

Kiva is a non-profit that provides small loans to folks worldwide who are starting a business or want to expand their business.

You can make a Kiva loan of $25 or more to a borrower.  And you can fund the loan with your credit card!

Kiva loans are funded via PayPal so you have to have a PayPal account.  You won’t pay any PayPal fees when you use your credit card because those are paid by Kiva.

3 Things to Know About Kiva Loans

1.   Loan Repayments Are NOT Guaranteed

Kiva loans are NOT (repeat, NOT) 100% guaranteed.  So there is a chance that your loan might not get repaid.  That said, many folks have never had a problem loaning money through Kiva.  But some folks might have had different experiences.

There is also currency risk i.e. you could get back less because of currency fluctuations.

2.   Loans Aren’t Repaid Immediately

You can find some loans with quicker repayment schedules than others, but usually loans take a few months before repayments begin.  You’ll be paying the total amount of the loan with your credit card up front and you’ll be paid back in installments.

This isn’t for you if you can’t wait months without your money!

So if you have to repay your credit cards before your statement closes with the money you’re using to lend, Kiva loans are NOT for you.  There’s no point paying interest on credit card debt!

3.   You Can Join a Team

Flyertalk and Milepoint have Kiva lending teams that you can join.  Some folks like joining a team because it gives them a sense of community and purpose.

How to Register With Kiva

Step 1 – Register With Kiva

From the Kiva website, click on the “Register” button.

How To Use Kiva To Meet Minimum Spending Requirements On Credit Cards

Step 1 – Register With Kiva

Step 2 – Sign-Up

You can sign-up with Kiva using your Facebook account or by creating a Kiva account.

How To Use Kiva To Meet Minimum Spending Requirements On Credit Cards

Step 2 – Sign-Up

How to Choose a Kiva Loan

I look for loans that:

  • Are almost fully funded
  • Have a good repayment history (if it’s a 2nd or 3rd loan)
  • Have repayments scheduled to start soon
  • Loans by field partners (local bank that administers the loan) that cover currency exchange loss or countries that use US dollars
How To Use Kiva To Meet Minimum Spending Requirements On Credit Cards

You Can Choose Loans That Will Be Repaid Soon

Loans that are almost fully funded with a repayment schedule that begins soon means you get your money back sooner.  This is good for folks who can’t afford to have their money tied up too long.

Field partners are the local banks that handle the loans for the borrowers.  If the person you’ve lent money to can’t repay, a reputable field partner will pay you on their behalf.  And some field partners cover currency exchange losses, which I’ll explain.

Say you lend money to a person in a foreign country but then their nation’s currency gets seriously devalued.  When your loan repayments are converted to US dollars you’d be getting less money than you lent.  Some field partners will absorb that loss even when it’s over 10%, while some do not.  So you can choose to use Kiva with only field partners who cover this unlikely event or only lend to countries that use US dollars, such as Ecuador.

How to Make a Kiva Loan

Step 1 – Search for a Loan

Once you create an account, you can search for a loan to fund.

How To Use Kiva To Meet Minimum Spending Requirements On Credit Cards

Step 1 – Search for a Loan. Search by Borrower or You Can Choose a Loan Based on Several Factors

Step 2 – Click on the “Lend $25” Button

After you’ve chosen your loan, click on the “Lend $25” button.

I chose Waqar because:

  • The loan will pay her son’s education
  • Silatech.AlAskmakh is matching loans
  • Repayments will begin on August 1, 2014 (so I will get repaid faster)

Step 3 – Click “Continue”

You can fund more than $25 (up to $775 on this loan) by clicking the loan box.

How To Use Kiva To Meet Minimum Spending Requirements On Credit Cards

You Can Loan More Than $25 on 1 Loan

But I’m just going to loan $25, so I don’t make any changes.

To keep operating expenses low, Kiva adds a suggested donation of $3.75.  But you can increase or decrease the amount by clicking the “Edit” button.  I use Kiva often so I removed the $3.75 donation for operating expenses.

If you’re done searching for loans, you can click “Continue.”

How To Use Kiva To Meet Minimum Spending Requirements On Credit Cards

Step 3 – Click “Continue”

Step 4 – Click “Pay Now”

Kiva gives you the option to “donate repayments” which means any repayments on this loan are donated to Kiva.  If you choose this option, you will not get your money back!

I want to get my money back so I don’t check this box.  And I click the “Pay Now” button.

How To Use Kiva To Meet Minimum Spending Requirements On Credit Cards

Step 4 – Click “Pay Now”

Step 5 – Sign Into Your PayPal Account to Pay

Sign into your PayPal account to complete your loan payment.

How To Use Kiva To Meet Minimum Spending Requirements On Credit Cards

Step 5 – Sign Into Your PayPal Account to Pay

Bottom Line

You can use Kiva to help you meet your minimum spending requirements on credit cards.

Kiva loans are a minimum of $25 and can be funded with a credit card.

Kiva loans are NOT guaranteed and the loans are NOT paid back immediately.  So if you need to get your money back before your statement closes, you should NOT do a Kiva loan.

On the other hand, if you can float the money and are comfortable with the risks involved, this is a great way to do good and earn miles and points!

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5 responses to “How to Use Kiva to Meet Minimum Spending Requirements on Credit Cards

  1. My family usually runs the other way anytime I bring up anything to do with miles or points, but the charitably aspect of this means they might actually listen. Plus, Kiva does business with the company I work for so I know they’ve been well vetted. Great post !

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  3. Martin Reyes-Duran

    KIVA ROCKS!!! I do not have a favorite charity, BUT my goal is to lend to primarily women in ALL participating countries. I have done 38 countries so far and 98% women. Strong hard working women impacted my life positively and I want to pass it forward!!!! Your Kiva gift card will allow me to impact 4 more countries and women or women groups. Thank you for your blog.. Martin

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  5. My favorite charity is the Dixie Fund Children’s Foundation. We have several fundraising events and ALL the money goes to buy toys. Every Thanksgiving morning, about 200 people go and deliver toys to children in hospitals. To see the look on their faces, after we give them a toy, is PRICELESS. After Hurricane Sandy, we went to devastated neighborhoods and gave out toys to the children as well. We also BBQ over 500 hamburgers and hotdogs for their parents since many of them had to leave their homes.