9.30.2007

Pay It Forward

My friend JerseyTjej over at The Insurgent Scrapbooker recently wrote a post about the best way to pay the gifts you've been given forward and lend a helping hand to those in need. One of the programs she mentions was also highlighted by The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof, who went one step further and posted a video touting the virtues of Kiva.org.

If you find yourself wondering "What can I do? How can I help?" then this is the program for you.

Kiva.org
allows individuals to make $25 loans to low-income entrepreneurs in the developing world (microfinance). By doing so, you empower people struggling to earn their way out of poverty with affordable working capital like money to buy a sewing machine, livestock, etc.

The way I see it, I get a higher return on $25 helping someone build a future than two tickets to the movies (yes, New York is that expensive) or Sunday brunch at my local bistro.

Crazy how so little can mean so much.

3 comments:

Tania said...

Yeah! I'm glad more people are jumping on the bandwagon, it's a wonderful thing. I love the internet!

persuede said...

Me too! It's nice for a change to see technology empowering people to do something instead of sitting somewhere, reading the paper, wanting to do something but not sure how or what (like I usually do).

Jena6 rallies case in point. That was/is good work.

JerseyTjej said...

I am SO happy that you signed up! I waste more money than this on unnecessary food items in the weekly cart. I could not believe how so little could make such a difference!