Friday, January 29, 2010

liberathe


hooray! the day has finally come!

last year i made a small business loan through Kiva to a woman in senegal who wanted to purchase pigs to expand her small business that supporter her family of 8 children. i just received notice this morning that the loan has been repaid, and my money was available for me to withdraw, or loan again... obviously i went with loan again!

kiva connects people through lending to alleviate poverty. lending partners - just people like me - each lend a small amount to an entrepreneur who is building a way out of poverty for them & their families. once the business is thriving and making a profit, the entrepreneur repays the loan, and you can loan again. one small loan can help dozens (or more!) small business owners create a new life... not of handouts, but of self-sufficiency, dignity, and success.

meg helped me choose a new business woman to support... liberathe - a woman who sells local food & drink to tourists in northern rwanda. she is raising 8 children, and wants to expand her business to help pay their school fees.

if you have a minute, go check out kiva. your $25 could change a life... and then another... and then another...

7 comments:

silvia bourn said...

wow that is awesome! when i get older i am planning on doing that kind of stuff! i really like helping people with that kind of stuff. :)


xoxo sporty

Krissi said...

I've been to Rwanda, even Northern Rwanda (expected, since I came in on a bus through Uganda). It's the world's best kept secret, I think. I highly recommend a visit. Absolutely stunning country, even despite its devastating history. You've made a great choice!

Annie said...

awesome! :)

Karman said...

During college, I had an internship with an interenational microfinance organization called Opportunity International. There is so much potential in microfinance - that's awesome that you've helped lift up this woman and her community!

Leroux said...

Great way to do good !

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