I want to bring your attention to Team FSM on Kiva again. I am hoping we can make another push and become the #1 religious organization on Kiva.
I’ve talked about Kiva before, but for those who don’t know, Kiva is a non-profit whose mission is to give a leg-up to the 3rd-world through micro-lending. You, the lender, choose who you wish to lend to in chunks of $25, and in some time that money is returned to you.
The stats are impressive:
- More than $170 Million in Loans since 2005
- 98.99% payback rate
- 208 Countries represented
- Average loan size $380
I am a big fan of Kiva, so much so that for the last year I’ve asked everyone to give to Kiva instead of the Pirate boat fund.
I’ve lived in the 3rd world. I’m not a fan of traditional charities. To be specific, I’m not a fan of people working in the business of charity. I chose my words carefully. I don’t like the overhead; that is, the middlemen – and I don’t like the religious overtones. I don’t support that culture of need and dependence.
Kiva is a different model and it is the most legitimate and genuinely positive charity that I know of and that’s why I keep bringing it up.
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