Last year at Father’s Day I wrote about my “Green Dads”. I also wrote about giving them both $25 in Kiva loans for Father’s Day.
This year my father has passed, but his Kiva credits remain. In fact, the El Salvadoran cook I sponsored in his honor has repaid the loan entirely. (The Bolivian mechanic is 71% repaid). Plus, somewhere in the middle of the year when the first loan was repaid, I committed to two more loans, a farmer from Tajikistan has already repaid his loan and a women’s co-op from Senegal is currently investing in cattle with the funds from this original loan.
Now I have $32 in credit to re-lend, and I’ve decided to support Tres Esquinas Group, a 34 year old woman from Peru who decorates events with cloth. Since I happen to be turning 34 on Saturday and love hosting parties, it seems like the perfect match.
It’s pretty awesome for an initial gift of just $50…imagine the impact around the world!
In case you aren’t familiar micro-lending, here’s a great video on Kiva micro-lending. If you want something more in depth and inspiring, here’s a video on Investing in Women.
Here are the basics from Kiva’s website:
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