I heart Robeez & KIVA
Another amazingly great organization is KIVA. I had learned about micro-finance deveopment in some of my classes in university and I always wanted to do something with it. However, I always thought you could only give large loans and I just figured it would be too complicated to do. But now, I have discovered KIVA!!! You can give as little as $25 and your loan will go directly to an entrepreneur of your choice. You are then updated about their business and paid back by a specific deadline. We just got our first update today by the Tausi's Nguvu Moja B group, consisting of Tausi Abdalla, Salma Khamis, Zena Nassoro, and Lucy Myamale in Tanzania. These four women are part of a clothes making business. I'm so excited to get email updates in the next 4 months!!!
Anyways, the KIVA website is amazing and it is so organized and easy to use. You should go visit it. I have to admit that it is kinda sad that giving is so appealing when you are going to be re-paid (although, don't worry, we do plan to re-give our money). But if knowing this encourages business people around the world to give $1000 loans then it doesn't matter, because a loan like that is going to permanently change someone's life. And it does it in such a dignified way. I seriously am so excited about KIVA, I wish they had an office here so I could go and volunteer for them!
Congratulations to Amber & Ali who received a referral for a baby boy this week after waiting 6 long months!!! AND, congratulations to Justine who had the fastest court date yet (5 weeks) to make her 2 girls officially a part of their family.