50 for 50, Day 22: Kiva.org
I have said it before and I will say it again…Thanks for stopping by my 50th Birthday Celebration, Day 22.
Here’s the background story: because I feel so blessed and have pretty much everything I could ever need, I am asking people to get involved with charities, if they are so inspired, in lieu of any fabulous birthday presents you were planning on sending me (or not).
I am featuring a different charity every day for 50 days leading up to my 50th birthday to give you plenty of chances to get involved. I started on May 18. I wanted to give a voice to different good works around the globe. If you ARE inspired to take action, please leave me a comment and let me know that you did. This is all I want for my birthday – to spread some love and kindness. Thank you, my dear friends.
Kiva.org is my little not-guilty pleasure. Sometimes when I feel the jingle of change in my pockets, instead of buying yet another necklace on etsy.com or going book shopping, I go give a micro-loan.
You’ve probably heard of Kiva. People band together via the internet to help small entrepreneurs fund business projects around the world. The minimum loan amount is $25. To me, it is really fun to go shop for someone to give a loan to.
It isn’t a donation. It is a loan that carries risk – you may get paid back, you may not. I imagine that most people roll their repaid loans over into new loans to other people, so the money keeps doing good over and over.
So, go, make some loans!
Previously featured organizations:
The Carter Center
Bikes Not Bombs
Friends of Maddie
United Through Reading
The Liz Logelin Foundation
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Kids Vs Global Warming
Help a Mother Out
Direct Relief International
Accelerated Cure for Multiple Sclerosis
Women for Women