Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Make a Difference

Unless you were just born or have been living under a rock you are aware of the fact that poverty is a serious issue affecting individuals across the globe . It's easy to say that you are concerned but whether you choose to take action to try and make a difference is another story.

I'll admit that I'm guilty of talking the talk and not walking the walk. Yes I want to make a difference but I really don't do much to actually make this happen. I donate food to my local food bank, I donate small amounts of money when people ask for my support for one fundraiser or another, I toss change into an open palm every now and then, and I've talked about volunteering (talked being the key word). I know I should find some time to help out with those less fortunate but I'm greedy when it comes to my free time because I have so little of it.

Basically what I'm sheepishly admitting is that I want to find a way to contribute to change without leaving my couch. It just so happens that I have found one way to do this: Kiva.

"Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world." What better way to help people than to help them help themselves.

Please take a moment to visit Kiva's site and consider loaning some cash to someone who needs a little help. You can contribute to change without even leaving your living room.


tanzi said...

Never heard of the site but am about to check it out. Thanks, lady!!!
You do more than you think you do, but I totally get where you're coming from. :)

Suz @ Alive in Wonderland said...

Our company has been supporting Kiva for a while, I think about a year. It is an awesome organization. Good post.

Jaime said...

I had stumbled upon the Kiva blog ages ago but it wasn't until recently that I actually took the time to read it - what a fabulous organization! I love the fact that rather than just handing something to someone you're helping to empower them. Very cool.