Kiva is a student-run lending organization called BrentwoodKiva Lending Cooperative. It has a board of directors that has responsibility for the long-term financial security of the BrentwoodKiva as well as promoting the goals of Kiva. Kiva is an internationally-acclaimed organization that lends money to entrepreneurs in developing nations instead of giving them charity. The small business owners pay back the micro loans, generally in 8 to 18 months. The BrentwoodKiva Board helps promote Kiva, secure loans, invests and reinvests money to improve the lives of others around the world.