Back in March, I wrote a post about Kiva and encouraged folks to join the Simply Enough team to raise $10,000 by the end of the year. Well, my team (of one) isn’t doing so great in reaching this goal, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not making a difference.
Just this week, I received an email from my Kiva account indicating that a certain amount of money had been repaid. Cool! Time to lend it to somebody else! I selected John Setyabule from Uganda. He wants to add more inventory to his store to increase sales.
Now, I know my money may not be going to John per se, but it is going to someone like him who dreams of a better future for himself and his family. A future where they have a self-sustaining business that can pay the bills and put food on the table. And once they pay their loan back, I can lend that money to somebody else.
Rather than spending all your “charity money” on donations, why not “invest” some of it in a microlending organization like Kiva where the money can keep working (and working) to help multiple people reach their dreams and pull themselves out of poverty.