I am an absolute believer in Kiva.org. It was established 6 years ago to help people in developing countries get access to loans. Both men and women are welcome to apply for a loan from Kiva or their microfinance partners, but I am personally drawn to helping women.
I believe we are becoming a global community and that women are the ones that will guide what this new world will look like.
- I want women to be empowered everywhere – not just in the US.
- I want children to be fed, and moms are the ones that do that.
- I want kids to see their moms succeed and gain confidence.
- I want children to learn to value their moms and girls in their communities.
- I want women to meet the world head on instead of learning to keep their eyes lowered like the woman in this picture.
This picture is the face of the woman I just loaned to today. Her name is Viola. She is 21 years old, has a child, and lives in Sudan.
Helping Viola is the 6th loan I’ve made through Kiva and I didn’t even spend a penny – just reloaned money that was repaid to me by the others I’ve helped.
As we approach the holidays I know we start thinking how fortunate we are and often look for charities to contribute to. I’m hoping this year you’ll consider Kiva.