This past Christmas our son, Kevin gave us a gift card for Kiva. With Kiva you can empower people around the world with a $25 loan. I wanted to take some time to choose the person that I would grant my loan to, so I just got around to getting to the website.
When I arrived I learned that I could choose a borrower based on things like Country, Gender, or Sectors such as Education, Agriculture, Health and Housing. My first choice was female. I’m learning more and more about the lack of opportunity and freedom for women in many countries in the world, so this was an easy decision.
Next I started looking at various countries. Some of the first ones that I searched for, like China and Bosnia didn’t have any borrowers listed. I’m assuming that may be because of a lack of access to the people. Then I looked in the Middle East since I recently visited there, and found a good number of women searching for loan money.
After browsing in several sectors, my final decision was to select this woman named Maram, who lives in Jordan and is seeking a loan to help finish her university education. How exciting to be able to help someone in their educational pursuits and hopefully future independence. Plus when she repays the loan, I’ll be able to lend the funds to someone else.
If you’d like a free trial to try out Kiva and grant your own $25 loan, visit the website here.
And did you know that today, March 8th is International Women’s Day? IWD is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.
Here are a few facts to consider:
- Over 1 billion people live in extreme poverty – 75% are women and girls.
- 76 million primary school-age children are not in school – 60% are girls.
- There are 876 million illiterate adults in the developing world – over 65% are women.
- Women produce half the world’s food, but own only 1% of the world’s farmland.
So in honor of the day, say thank you to a special woman who’s contributed to your life and success, then empower a woman in an underserved part of the world by granting a loan at http://www.kiva.org/women