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Helping with Housing Half a World Away

The Bai Z Group:  Daniel, Issa Mallah, Mohamed Osman, Safie Josephine, Hassan and Kemoh in Sierra Leone

The Bai Z Group: Daniel, Issa Mallah, Mohamed Osman, Safie Josephine, Hassan and Kemoh in Sierra Leone

It’s been harder than I thought it would be to find a few minutes when my husband and I could spend our Kiva gift card together. My sister Jennifer and her fiancee Curtis gave it to us for Christmas this year.

I really wanted Carlo to be a part of the process because he’s never used Kiva before and I so I wanted to guide him through their website and how the lending process works.

I received notice of the gift via email so I started there and just clicked on the link to redeem our balance. I showed Carlo how we could choose from the list of countries or filter by types of projects to give to. He was hoping to find a borrower in Brazil as that’s where he was born but Brazil is not yet on the list of countries to lend to.

His next choice was housing. He quickly found a group that is looking for $2,775 to buy housing materials like corrugated iron sheets, sand, nails and cement. They had only raised 16% of their goal. The group is called Bai Z.  They are all teachers from primary schools in Makeni city in Sierra Leone and they have successfully repaid past loans. They’re also a pretty handsome bunch.

One of the reasons we picked them was because another Kiva lender signed up to match all loans made to this group. What a generous offer and an easy thing to sign up for if you choose a project that falls within your budget. The group will end up reaching their goal twice as fast.

A group I loaned to previously is already having some success with their venture and they have made a partial repayment to me.  This is becoming a fun hobby. As the money comes back into my Kiva account, I can choose another recipient to lend to.

I’ve talked a lot about Kiva in Pink Monday. If by chance I’ve convinced you to give it a try, check out their website and do a little browsing on your own. You’re bound to find someone you’d like to help and you can start with as little as $25.  www.kiva.org

They also have a promotion where if you invite someone and they sign up for Kiva, you’ll get an addtional $25 credit to use for a future loan.  I’ve invited Carlo. He better sign up!

Happy Pink Monday!

Theresa

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Honey Bees for Christmas

For $30 you can buy a gift of honey bees

For $30 you can buy a gift of honey bees

Yesterday I collected Christmas lists for my neices and nephew.  My sisters asked what I wanted and I suggested they make a donation in my name.

I said, “Doesn’t have to be much. Anywhere you want. I really like causes in Africa. Do some online research. It’s educational. That’s partly why I like suggesting it. It’s good for people in Africa. It’s good for me (makes me feel good), It’s good for you as you’ll learn something and be philanthropic, It’s good for your kids cause they can learn from it too. Everybody wins!”

My sister Kimberly responded with this, “Hahaha, really? That’s what you’d like? That’s a really selfless suggestion- and it almost made me teary. Almost. But I’m made of stone.”

We talked about it a bit more and by the end she was really excited.  She thought it was a great idea.  What a relief!  I said I was glad she liked the idea because she might get something similar for Christmas from me.

I told her that I’d heard you could buy Honey Bees for someone in Africa and make your donation in honour of a loved one.  To this she said, “That is incredible! Ok! I’m seriously stoked.”

I had no idea it would go over so well!!!  And to my other sister, Jennifer, I explained that I’m turning into one of those little old ladies who just doesn’t have any room in her apartment for more stuff.  To this she replied, “Tell me about it. I have no room for anything like my impending second child. Literally.”

So, Honey Bees for Christmas – here’s what I found online:  http://www.heifer.org/gift-catalog/animals-nutrition/honeybees-donation.html