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.

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.


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!