Sunday, August 17, 2008


A few months ago I joined KIVA* after reading Bill Clinton's book: GIVING: How Each of Us Can Change the World.

I made a small loan to
Salmome Mwakipesile in Tanzania to open a beauty salon.
She is 29 years old and has 3 children.
To date 86% of her loan has been repaid.

I made a small loan to Boeung Sobin from Cambodia to buy pigs for her stand at the market.
She will breed the piglets.
To date 42% of her loan has been repaid.

The funds are credited to my Kiva account once the loan is repaid in full.
At that time, I can withdraw these funds from Kiva or re-lend these funds to a new entrepreneur.

I am inspired by these women and I am impressed that via the internet we can touch someone's life.

*An organization that lets you lend to a specific entrepreneur in a developing country - empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty.


david mcmahon said...

Thank you for the visit and the kind comment.

This is such an uplifting post. God bless you for your generosity.

Tara said...

This is such a wonderful idea! Instead of just donating money, it is giving somebody the opportunity to make it on their own.

Lehners in France said...

Hi I arrived via POTD. I have never heard of this before and it is such an inspirational way to make a difference to someones life. Thanks for sharing and caring. Debs x

Ms. Porter said...

Wow that's amazing. I agree with Tara.