Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action 2008 - Poverty

It's blog action day and about 11,000 blogs are writing today about ending poverty. When I think about poverty, it's overwhelming the amount of people that are in need, but there are small things that we can do to help out.

For example, I'm a really big fan of the site Kiva, which facilitates people like you and me to make a difference in another's life by loaning money they need to start a business or buy equipment and help improve their own and their family's standard of living.

You choose who to donate to. My specific interest is in helping women. You can browse profiles and align your interests and passions with someone that needs help.

You also don't have to give a lot of money to make a difference. The beauty is that your loan can be as much as you can afford as it gets pooled with the loans of others interested in helping that individual.

It's not a handout. It's a real loan. Over time, the person you gave money to repays it which you can then reinvest.

It's small, but it can bring changes in another's life. Imagine if all of us helped out in any small way we could? What would become of poverty then?

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