How can I make a positive impact in the world from my couch?

How much money do you spend on monthly subscriptions? Think about music, movies and TV, but also fitness, news and even shaving materials. A recent survey showed that American adults spend an average of $237.33 a month on subscription services.

That’s a ton! Before you think about canceling some of your subscriptions, think about how impactful it would be to lend just $25 each month to Kiva borrowers. 

Even this good boy can make a difference in the world from his couch. Photo by Paolo Nicolello on Unsplash

It’s now easier than ever to do some good in the world.

In order to improve the lending experience for users, we just added credit card processing to our checkout system! Both PayPal and credit cards can now be used to make a loan on You can save time by saving your credit card and then check out without having to get up from the couch to grab your wallet.

You can also sign up here to set up automatic deposits into your Kiva account and receive monthly email reminders to make a loan to a borrower of your choice.

Alternatively, you can sign up for automated lending with our Monthly Good subscription here. We’ll make loans for you each month in the amount of your choice and we’ll send you a monthly update from the borrower you supported and other impactful stories from the field.

Give meaning to your monthly subscriptions and make an impact today!

About the author

Channing Fisher.

Channing first witnessed the ability of entrepreneurship to empower people while studying Spanish in Guatemala. Throughout college, she became interested in microfinance while working in business development in the Netherlands and studying the effects of tourism on Caribbean economies. After graduating from Principia College in 2018 with degrees in Political Science and Business, she began work for a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit and later found Kiva. She's passionate about communicating and sharing the work done at Kiva and elsewhere in the international development space.