I try to regularly review products or services that help my business or are just plain good representatives of the business values I espouse. Well the latest is the Kiva Mastercard from Advanta. I’ve mentioned kiva.org before. You make a $25 micro-loan that is combined with other microloans and used to fund a small entrepreneur in the third world. It might be a taxi driver in Togo or a market stall owner in Cambodia. The loan is paid back over time, and then the money is yours again to either withdraw or re-loan.
The Kiva Advanta Mastercard has no fee, low interest, and they match your kiva loans dollar for dollar, plus give you 5% statement credit on kiva loans and/or any charitable giving. That’s the key feature, in my view. If you don’t care about earning enough points over several years for a tennis racket, and would rather extend your reach, this is the ultimate card to do it. I just activated mine, and I couldn’t be more pleased.
Besides, speaking of branding (previous post), it’s the brand that says “I give a crap.” Or, more appropriately, “let’s change the world together.”
Also, it was invented for business, but they now have a consumer version if you prefer. For more: