Kiva

I’d like you to meet my new business partner,  Améwossina Sanvi. She runs a small food store in Tsévié, Togo. I’ve made a micro-loan to her on Kiva.org. My loan, along with the loans of others, will allow Améwossina to purchase more rice and oil in bulk and some canned goods to sell in her shop. She has two children she is trying to keep in school while her husband works out of the country and rarely comes back.

There are hundreds of other entrepreneurs you and I can help with a loan of only $25. Most of us have twenty-five bucks, and 402236the beautiful thing about Kiva is that 100% of my loan goes to Améwossina. They asked me online if I would be willing to also donate an additional couple of bucks for overhead, but if I wasn’t able to, it would not have decreased my loan. It is all about getting people on their feet, and when the loan is paid back (I will be getting regular updates during the term of the loan), I can just take my money back, re-invest it in another dream, or donate it to the organization.

What represents a few cappuccinos for me is an opportunity to keep kids in school and keep stomachs full on the other side of the world.

Think about investing in a life or many lives. I have to say, I really love the idea of this—and having a personal story to attach to my donation means a lot more to me than just writing a check to an organization. I’m really proud of Améwossina—she’s a great business partner.

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