Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Misery Loves Company?

Remember the old saying: misery loves company? Well, I'm not really going there, I just wanted to see if you remembered it? I'm actually a happy girl these days (or at least I am telling myself that because I figure if I keep it then I will believe it LOL...so there!)! I was at the gym this morning...see I'm living up to one of my resolutions getting my health together. Anywhoo I was reading about Kiva.org which is an organization that helps entrepreneurs in third world countries by providing them with microloans funded by individuals like you and I. One interesting fact about the site is that you get get to choose the person, country and type of business you are interested in funding. Pretty cool and they only want you to donate $25 at a time. Hey, even my broke A$& can do that! So, feeling on top of the world, after having climbed something like a million flights of stairs (okay, I'm exaggerating a little, but it felt like it), I went back home and donated $25 to help another woman get her business off the ground. If I can't help myself today I certainly can help another (LOL...this is supposed to be funny so laugh) $25 isn't much to me but for another woman in Tanzania it is a portion of what will help her support her family.

This is 30 year-old Eisha Nassoro. She is married with three children aged 7 and 9, and has two other dependents who are her niece and nephew.
In 2000, Eisha established a livestock business and in 2007, added a grocery business to her workload. Eisha has already received and successfully repaid two loans from SELFINA, and now requires a loan of $850 in order to purchase additional stock in bulk.

5 comments:

Rebecca said...

that's really cool! I've never heard of this website before. kudos to you!

chou-chou said...

I love KIVA! The cool thing is that after your initial loan is paid back, you can pick a new entrepreneur to invest in. I've got a couple hundred bucks out there in many small loans, and I love feeling like I'm doing something. It's kind of addicting. In a good way.

Jennifer said...

I SOOOO love programs like this! Look at your woman for instance... not only are you helping her, but you are also helping the five young children who depend on her. It is kind of like a pay it forward moment without the cheesy soundtrack and without Haley Joel Osment dying at the end- please tell me that you have seen that movie, or else I am going to sound kinda crazy!

Tami said...

Jennifer, yes, I saw that movie so you aren't crazy...I should have said what movie and acted like you were insane! LOL

Katy said...

Micro-loans rock. Almost as much as you do at climbing stairs and keeping resolutions. Thanks for the link.