Devote Yourself to creating something that gives you purpose . . .

"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."

Tuesdays with Morrie, author Mitch Albom

Saturday, August 22, 2009

What Once Was Good . . . Is Good Again

What once was good is good again. That is the revolving nature of micro-lending through KIVA. As micro-loans are repaid by those who funds were lent, money returns to the account giving the lender three options:

  1. Create a new lending opportunity,
  2. give a Gift Certificate to other lenders (encourages others to participate),
  3. redraw your funds
If you've never participating in this type of lending, you don't know what a great feeling it leaves you as you select either option 1 or option 2.

Today it was possible to contribute toward three women's groups or women-owned businesses in the amount of $75.00. You are given the option to contribute an additional percentage to KIVA, the organization to help them continue their mission. Although not required, this morning we contributed 15% to help this organization continue its service to others. So with $86.71 to lend we were left with 46 cents in our account to begin rebuilding our balance for future lending.

Here are the three women's groups/businesses that benefited from our small contribution:

Flor De Naranjo Group
Nyame Ye Odo Group
Sekinatu Solesi

Click on the link to each group or woman above to learn the details of their micro-lending needs, their repayment terms, and a bit about their businesses.

To add to our teams total support visit;

Thus far we have contributed to 16 loans, but we can do more. Please join me in this small effort to change the world for women one woman at a time.

Once you educate the boys, they tend to leave the villages and go search for work in the cities, but the girls stay home, become leaders in the community, and pass on what they’ve learned. If you really want to change a culture, to empower women, improve basic hygiene and health care, and fight high rates of infant mortality, the answer is to educate girls.

Greg Mortensen, Three Cups of Tea

Best wishes,
Rhonda Geneva

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