So over the past few weeks I’ve been working my way through the Vlogbrothers YouTube videos. I’ve covered almost five years so far. …I may have a tendency to obsess over new, shiny things… O_O
At any rate, I found out about this really amazing organization called Kiva. What it is is a place where you can search around and find all sorts of people and groups around the world who are looking for capital in order to start a business, improve a business, or in some way improve their lives. You can loan them however much you want in order to help them. They repay the loan(s) as they can.
I decided to give it a look. I certainly don’t have much, but I have a great deal more than many in the world and it makes me feel good to help and feel like I’m giving back to the world. I found this request and decided that I really liked it and wanted to support it. I mean, what’s not to like about people trying to better their lives, support themselves in a meaningful fashion, reduce their impact on the environment, and invest in green energy?? These are all things I support and care about. Win/win!
Once that loan is repaid I will find someone else to help. Giving gifts is something I really enjoy, it brings me a great deal of pleasure. I may not be able to see this person receiving the money, they have no idea who I am, but it still gives me a warm feeling that I am contributing to making the world better, in a tiny but personally significant way.