Here is a video that tells the story of Pedro, the farmer:
How Kiva Works from Kiva on Vimeo.
Some statistics from their About page
- Kiva was founded in 2005
- $268 million made in loans so far
- 98.96% Repayment rate
- They work with 61 different countries
Personal experience - I have made about 30 loans since the beginning of this year. A picture is worth a 1000 words, isnt it?