Hey, this is pretty interesting and I couldn't not tell you about it.
My friend Bob wrote a book about his amazing experience with Kiva, a
charity that lets you donate microfinance loans to people around the
globe. And nearly 100% of the time, your donation is repaid. Comes
back to you. You can send it out into the world again, or not, if you
think it's a cool idea. I know we would all probably love to be able
to give more, more, more...but that's not always possible. This is a way to help a tiny cause - a single person who would not have
access to a regular bank loan - and later get your money back.
So anyway, back to the book and the reason I'm writing this. (Don't worry, I'm not tryin' to sell you the book - although you'd like it, oh, yes, you would. Imagine the hilarious adventure-travel diary of a humble, humanitarian supergeek, with some learned research on microfinance thrown in for ballast.)
No, the real reason I'm writing this is, some anonymous rich dude is so jazzed about Bob's book, he's giving anyone who lands on the Kiva.org website from this link a free $25 donation, to send out into the world to anyone you choose from their thousands of borrowers.
I did it! I sent $25 of Some Anonymous Rich Dude's money to a traditional textiles crafter in Guatemala. (After that, I sent $25 of my own to an embroidery artist in Pakistan and another $25 to a weaver in Kenya.) You can search for types of borrowers you'd like to support; I ticked the boxes for "female" and "art" and got a short but fascinating list of crafters and artisans, complete with their photos and stories. (Sometimes there aren't very many of those artistic lady borrowers in line for loans - if you wait a day and try again, more will come up.)
I'm just saying, wouldn't it be nice to send some of this lovely money, which Kiva and Mr. Anonymous Rich Dude are so generously making available, to somebody crafty?
Again, click here to go to the link and claim your $25 Kiva loan.
It's free, you guys. Just requires a few minutes to register for Kiva. Hope you consider it!
That is all.