the gift that keeps on giving

January 12, 2008 | Leave a comment

Last year, for Macey’s fifth birthday, one of the presents we gave her was some money to give to a microfinance loan through Kiva.org. That money was repaid in full to us a few weeks ago, so this morning, we sat down and selected a new recipient of those funds.

Macey was first interested in South America this time, but there were no business owners available in South America, so we looked at Africa. There were many choices, but Macey selected a tailor named Magdalena. Macey was excited that Magdalena makes clothes and has two children close in age to Macey and her sister Ellie. As of right now, Magdalena’s loan still needs $675 to be fully funded, so if you’d like to join in, as some friends did last time, we’d love to share in the project with you.

On a side note, we checked the site about three times since our first loan was repaid, and they had no loans available. Kiva has drawn so much interest that what loans they do post generally fill up quickly. I think that’s great and it’s exciting to see how something that makes such a big difference can be so simple to use.