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Another Way To Celebrate – The About Freelance Writing Micro Lending Team

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Micro lending excites me. The idea that I a mere $25 can make a huge difference in the life of someone working to create a living for themselves and others just flat blows me away.

If you’re new to the concept of micro lending, Kiva has great information.

So far I’ve made 3 loans, starting with $50. Most of that money has already come back and I’ve rolled it over into other loans.

I get sporadic reports about the people I loan to and Kiva tracks the money and let’s me know when I’ve got a balance that I can either withdraw or re-loan. So far I’ve just rolled it over into another load, taking time to pick who I’m loaning to.

That’s another great thing Kiva does – they have pictures of the people who are asking for loans plus a description of how they plan to use the money.

This Christmas morning I took it to another level by staring the About Freelance Writing Team. If you’re so inclined to join and lend there is also a social networking aspect that will allow us to communicate through Kiva. The team is open to anyone, so with luck we’ll get some people we would never meet any other way.

Of course, you might want to start your own team, or just loan as an individual. Whatever works for you.

Celebrate! Celebrate with a micro loan.


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  • As a general rule, I never give money. I give other things.

    My wife and I buy groceries for some of the homeless people we see on our walks about the city. We don’t “stock up” on groceries like most people do back in the States; we live a “raw food” diet (we follow the Mediterranean Diet), so we go to the market every 2-3 days for fresh fruits and vegetables, and we always buy buy a few extra things that we don’t need, and then we hand them out on our way back home.

    Giving money (IMO) leads to too much risk of abuse. People could use the money for things not associated with their true needs. I know we are talking about an online format here, but again…I just don’t give money away. Instead, I use that money to buy things I know the people in need can use: food and clothing.

    Few weeks ago I bought a new pair of shoes because mine had torn away from the sole in a small section, after about 2 years of wearing them. They were still good shoes, just with a small rip. I gave them to the first homeless person I met on the street because to them, it’s something they can actually use. Give them 5 dollars and they might buy a pack of cigarettes or a bottle of whiskey.

    We also take people to McDonald’s or Subway sometimes and just buy them a meal. We have also bought sandwiches and handed them out to people we see as we walk.

    There are many different ways to give.
    .-= T.W. Anderson´s last blog ..To be, or not to be. =-.

    • Anne

      TW, yes, lots of ways to give. The think I like about Kiva, however, is the money is actually a loan that gets paid back. I don’t earn interest, but I do get the money back to do with as I choose… supports the whole notion of sufficiency in my mind and I’m always amazed at how a tiny bit of money can help someone start or expand a business.

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