Thursday, April 12, 2007

How to see more people that you might never see, and be a banker at the same time, it is Kiva Time!

Last week I saw a program on PBS about how people from all over the world is helping out people all over the world. By the way of Kiva.org.
Kiva is a grass roots organization that empowers people in need. Instead of just giving a pack of rice, medicine or a pack of clothes that will disappear in no time, Kiva.org is making a difference by taking a different path.
From Kiva.org's about page;
"Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org, you can "sponsor a business" and help the world's working poor make great strides towards economic independence. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates from the business you've sponsored. As loans are repaid, you get your loan money back. "
They have zero loss or unpaid loans so far. What does this say. It says that you can trust your fellow world beings.
Kiva.org (Make sure it is kiva.org, if you are at kiva.anything you are at wrong place.

I think it is a super way of weseepeople. Communities are not limited to our own little digital communities. Now these communities include farmer from Uganda, big family with dreams from Samoa, and a rice farmer from Ecuador and so on.
Perhaps it is a world of experience.
Plan to visit another country for your next vacation? try to shave off some expenses by staying in cheaper hotels or cheaper fares. Lend the money you save to a rice farmer in Ecuador, now you have a place to visit in Ecuador and a living breathing human being to meet. This person is making a life due to your trust and ability help another human being.
Please learn more by visiting the site by following the links and help out another human being or Kiva.org itself.

Have a good journey.

Kiva.org Loans that change lives;
Journals where you see actualizations;
Kiva Fellows chronicles journey of loans;

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