I recently finished the most excellent Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders, by Jurgen Appelo, and started following his blog. A few days ago, he posted about Kiva, a non-profit that connects people through micro-loans. Since they started in 2005, they have made over $295 million in micro loans all over the world. Jane and I have talked lately about wanting to give back in some way, and this is a great solution that I wish I had hear of sooner. You’re not giving money to charity, you are making a loan, which most likely be re-paid, and in the process making a real difference in someone’s life. And the cool thing is you can track their progress as they put your money to use. It’s really an excellent idea.
Even better, you can join and make a loan with someone else’s money, just to get a feel for how it works. So it’s totally risk-free.
Jane and I decided to use our trial loan to help Adama, a married mother of nine who is looking for a loan to buy a sheep and other goods to re-sell. She’s trying to raise $1025 to help her with this, and we gave her $25 towards this goal.
If you’re interesting, I have a limited number of referrals available, so click away and give it a try!