Jan 01, 2012 4:21 PM GMT
So the new year is here and what better way to start than by making a difference in the lives of others.
www.kiva.org is an organisation that connects lenders to innovators and entrepreneurs in the developing world. By lending someone $25 you can help them develop their own business, purchase agricultural supplies and do a wide variety of activities.
What makes Kiva different to charity?
You are lending someone money, not donating it. The recipient of your loan repays it through a monthly repayment scheme. Once the loan is repaid, you can withdraw your money or you can help someone else and relend it. What a great sense of personal satisfaction comes from helping someone help themselves. This is really about challenging the perception that all of the world's poor are helpless and vulnerable.
As of today, Kiva has lent more than $273 million to over 1 million people and has a repayment rate of 98.2%.
Gay and lesbian people are doing their part too. The GLBT community group on KIVA has more than 4,000 members who have lent over $1.4 million dollars to over 50,000 people. http://www.kiva.org/team/glbt. This group is promoting awareness of glbt people in countries where homosexuality is illegal.
Gay people are showing that they care.