Thursday, April 9, 2009

Giving Back

For Christmas I received the coolest gift from my friend Merrilee.
It was a gift card to Kiva. Have you heard of Kiva?
This organization provides micro loans to help people all over the world escape poverty.
This is Mwatanu she is from Tanzania.
She wants funds to buy hair extensions to sell in her beauty salon.
She also wants to buy shoes and clothes to sell in her shop.
Hello, this is right up my alley as a former hair stylist. Plus the shoes are a delightful bonus.
Mwatanu is married with 5 children. She works 12 hour days, 7 days a week.
I think she is amazing and wish I could meet her.
Her loan is fully funded now.
When the loan is repaid I will be able to reinvest in another person.
It doesn't take much money to make a big difference. Notice her bare feet.

14 comments:

Robin said...

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tawnya said...

1. Yay.

2. We have a store in my hometown called Kiva. You would LOVE it.

Annemarie said...

So cool.

Tristan said...

Seriously so awesome!!

Maree said...

That's a cool gift!

+L said...

don't tell anyone, but those are likely going to be family christmas gifts this year... i love the idea of giving back at christmas, instead of buying stuff that will likely get tossed.

Travelin'Oma said...

I love your blog!

Bridget said...

Wow. That is so cool. Love that. So inspiring.

martha corinna said...

What a great idea.

I served in the Canada Halifax mission. We should talk about eastern Canada sometime.

Lauren in GA said...

Diane, that is truly wonderful.

And a cause perfectly tailored to your passions.

Seriously, wonderful ☺

Kimberly said...

How cool!

the wrath of khandrea said...

as usual, i'm the idiot of the bunch. i don't get it. how does someone give you a gift certificate to a charity? did she donate in your name? how does this all work? i'm confused. i am, however, smart enough to recognize that it's a worthy program.

Jen said...

Chad loves Kiva! Such a great way to help out.

The Family Johnson said...

that is really cool! Merrilee is awesome!