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Now for something cheerful and good and up-lifting !

By Eric Rindal – KF 16 – Bolivia

Before I volunteered as a Kiva Fellow in Sierra Leone (May of 2011) and Bolivia (September 2011), I was living in Santa Barbara, California. Imagine: Santa Barbara beaches saturated with color, mansions with the smell of jasmine twisting through the air, and a pace of life only to be set by the sun. While there, I was working for a de jure artist and took up the ranks as a de facto artist myself. Life was pretty easy, and moving to a developing country and working with microfinance seemed a million miles away. Leaving it all made me wonder why I would forfeit the comfort and normalcy of home for places where it feels like I have to relearn basic parts of life (i.e. restroom, showers, and food).

While volunteering, I was often asked , “Why would you come volunteer in my country?” Each time, I rambled about a desire to foster opportunities in the development of people around the world. But that is just it, how concise can pre-volunteers really be?

Well, the life of a volunteer goes with the wind. Four weeks ago I was living in Sierra Leone and today I am sitting in an office in Bolivia. Obviously, volunteering is not the most advantageous financial move one can make; in fact, while in the States, I qualified for free immunizations before coming to Bolivia because I was “low income”. In all honesty, most volunteers are a footnote to an organization’s real employees, and the “We couldn’t do it without you” speech only gets volunteers high for a split second. So why endure the bucket showers in Sierra Leone and language barriers in South America? Why volunteer?

For me, it has to do with something I encountered as a child while hiking around my home in Washington State. I saw the diverse beauty of nature: cedars, Douglas firs, ferns, and myriad wildflowers. I then thought about the diverse beauty of humanity (although those weren’t my exact thoughts as a child…). What it came down to was that I knew people (and the world) had to be different beyond my hometown population of ninety-something.

I didn’t leave and volunteer to “save the world.” (Do people still do that?) Rather, I had this desire to cease to be dichotomized from the developing world. Volunteering was a means to share life with people and hope to understand why populations live at different standards of living. This, hopefully, is joining in the process of lifting people out of poverty –the more minds and hearts that are included in the “process” (any process or cause you are volunteering for), the more potential there is to yield results and answers.

full article at source : http://fellowsblog.kiva.org/2011/12/29/why-i-volunteer-abroad-with-kiva/



Loan to Virgen Del Rosario Piribebuy Group in Paraguay.

Dear Thomas,

Thank you for making your 5th Kiva Loan and making a donation to Kiva!

We’re so excited that you’ve chosen to give a hand up to entrepreneurs working towards better lives.

To see the impact you’re making, click here: https://www.kiva.org/portfolio?_te=ty

ORDER SUMMARY ——————————————————————————- ITEMS (2)

Loan to Virgen Del Rosario Piribebuy Group in Paraguay (Activity: Clothing Sales): $50.00 View loan profile at: http://www.kiva.org/lend/375131?_te=ty

Donation to Kiva’s Operating Costs: $2.50 Your donation has been matched through the generous support of Omidyar Network. Kiva is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. No goods or services were provided to you by Kiva in exchange for your donation. This donation may be claimed for a deduction from your U.S. taxes. Please consult with your tax counsel regarding the deductibility rules that apply to your specific tax situation.

Print receipts for tax filing at: https://www.kiva.org/portfolio/donations?_te=ty ——————————————————————————— ORDER TOTAL: $52.50

Kiva Credit Payment: $52.50 ——————————————————————————-

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If you have any questions, please contact us at any time at contactus@kiva.org

Thank You,

The Kiva Team http://www.kiva.org/

A message from Michael Kennedy TD: Finance for Small Business

Forwarded message
From: <Michael.Kennedy>
Date: Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 9:49 AM
Subject: A message from Michael Kennedy TD: Finance for Small Business

A Chara
Finance for Small Business

I write to inform you about a financial institution called First-Step Microfinance which provides start up business loans (max €25,000) to people who cannot access funding from banks, taking neither personal guarantees nor security.

This institution was established by Ms Norma Smurfit and is financed through philanthropy, Enterprise Ireland through the EU Seed and Venture Capital and the Social Science Foundation. To date First-Step Microfinance has been pivotal in creating in excess of 3,000 employment opportunities.

In 2007 First-Step was nominated an intermediary of the Social Finance Foundation which allows them access to up to €72 million to lend to start up businesses.

First-Step has helped companies that had been rejected by other financial institutions and continue to further support sustainable job creation and entrepreneurship in small and medium enterprises.

Should you have business plans finance ready and/or are interested in applying for funding or you know someone who is looking to set up in business, First-Step Microfinance can be contacted through the following means:

Address: First-Step, Jefferson House, Eglinton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

Telephone: 01 – 2600988

Fax: 01 – 2600989

Email: info

Website: www.first-step.ie

Yours Sincerely,

Michael Kennedy TD


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