Mandela, Kiva, joinFITE, and YOU!

Have you been combing the aisles at your mall, racking your brain, wondering what to buy Nelson Mandela for his birthday today?

The 67 years of public service Madiba (Mandela) has dedicated to the world are being lauded in a particularly affirmative way via Kiva, joinFITE, and Dermalogica. Today, Mandela Day, these organizations are joining forces to inspire and empower all of us to take action and become changemakers.

joinFITE is a microfinance platform designed to provide female entrepreneurs and small business owners with Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship. To date, joinFITE has helped fund loans for more than 18,500 women entrepreneurs, with a goal of 25,000 by the end of 2012.

Dermalogica has pre-funded 670 loans to honor Madiba’s 67 years of activism, and all you have to do is log on and dedicate one of them to help women start or grow their own businesses through microfinance, which helps them as well as their communities become more financially independent. 

Today, I am sharing this call to action and encourage you to get involved by making a microloan to create a positive change in a woman’s life. It will only take a few minutes of your time, and costs you ZIP–Dermalogica has already paid for your good deed–your gift to Mandela.

Please visit to direct a loan, and help make a difference in the life of a woman in the country and business practice of your choice.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Today is Mandela Day. What does this mean? For 67 years Nelson Mandela has dedicated his life on working to correct human actions that have led to poverty. Nelson Mandela continues to fight the good fight and change the world. Today, to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 67 years, Dermalogica are hoping you can direct microloans to women who need a hand. You can be a change maker in the click of a button. All the loans are fully funded already – all you have to do is click to make someone’s life completely different. Please go online by midnight today – we’re trying to direct 670 microloans today! Did you know * 66% of the world’s work is done by women, yet… * 70% of people below the poverty line are women * 1% of the world’s land is owned by women You can learn more here about the important role Dermalogica is playing in helping women in poverty and empowering women entrepreneurs. Their joinFITE community and initiative has already funded over 14,000 women and businesses. Click here to play your role in directing a loan. It takes seconds to make a change! Together we can empower 670 women around the world who are less fortunate than ourselves to make changes to their lives. That’s pretty damn powerful. GO! * I have put so many links in here to make it as easy as possible to click through and change a woman’s life.


  2. Today is Mandela Day, a day that honors Nelson Mandela and the 67 years of public service he has given. In celebration of his mark on the world, Dermalogica and its philanthropic cause in partnership with Kiva, joinFITE, are inspiring people around the world to take action to become change makers for a meaningful cause.


  3. joinFITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship), powered by and championed by Dermalogica, is a microlending platform to help women start or grow their own businesses, thereby helping themselves and their communities to become financially independent. joinFITE is well on its way to accomplishing the goal of empowering 25,000 women in the U.S. and globally to start or grow a business. To view the most current impact on the number of entrepreneurs empowered – please visit or .


  4. […] Friday than a contest? This is the first Change by Doing voluntourism contest. My recent post about Nelson Mandela Day and the partnership between joinFITE, Kiva, and Dermalogica gave you a chance to try out being a Kiva loaner for free (hope you did–and then donated more […]


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