Over the last several years, my students have been making TONS of loans to people in developing countries around the world using Kiva — a popular microlending site. Then, they have been writing about those loans here on our SMS Kiva blog.
That work has been incredibly rewarding for me: Watching my sixth graders change the world every day during our first period class is nothing short of awe inspiring. We’ve lent to single mothers, to refugees, and to people in over 150 countries — all from our classroom here in North Carolina.
We are, however, taking a bit of a pause in our work. Our lending account was hacked and several hundred dollars in loans were made without our permission. We have to wait for those loans to be paid back before we can even begin making new loans again.
Know that it is likely we will start lending again and creating new content at some point in the future. For the time being, though, there won’t be a ton of new content to explore.
Hope that makes sense,
The teacher behind the SMS Kiva Kids