This year, have you thought about a charitable donation? Not throwing money out into the void, hoping that some good will come of it, but giving to one of the charities that are taking the new "hand-up, not handout" approach to helping.
25,000 Women is uniquely positioned to educate and reward participants through empowering women in developing countries. The campaign is targeted at young people (teens) and involves a text-message based game.
Mentorship and flexible financing are two critical resources too-often missing for small businesses. If more business owners have access to the right advice and needed funds, it creates a ripple effect of local commerce, hiring, and prosperity.
After four months and 18 Kiva ZIp borrowers in D.C., I'm happy to finally be "out there" in Kenya. But my experience in stateside micro-lending has proven to me that even in the land of opportunity, small business owners can use a helping hand.
If you go to Kiva Oregon right now, you'll see 20 entrepreneurs fundraising for a loan. They are individuals who are either starting or growing a small business -- on their own, of their own volition, because they want to.
What if your next T-shirt could provide joy and financial support to an individual with special needs? What if that same T-shirt could inspire confidence and a sense of accomplishment for an adult worker with special needs?
Ever since I started with Kiva Zip in the U.S. my sixth sense seems to have awakened. I see entrepreneurs... everywhere! I think my understanding of what an entrepreneur was had until now been quite limited.
I am struck by how often there is impatience to get to the fundraising without taking the time to articulate why people should give. Think of it like dating. With so many potential suitors out there, why should you get chosen?
One of the first companies to really leverage the power of the internet to connect those who have with those who need, Kiva allows anyone to lend money to aspiring entrepreneurs in developing countries in a relatively risk-free way.
It is difficult to know how any one of us can make a difference in any of our nation's most troubling problems. But, what if the money stored in our wallets had a new purpose, even just for a short amount of time?