Today, Karl Fisch posted a message on his blog inviting members of his PLN (Personal Learning Network) to join Team Shift Happens and contribute however much possible to Kiva. Kiva is different than other charities in that it is a micro-lending website. People, like you and I, can loan money ($25 and up) directly to individual entrepeneurs in the developing world.
- Log in to Kiva.
- Join Team Shift Happens (click on Community and search keyword, “shift”)
- Choose the entrepreneur to whom they will loan the value of the gift certificate.
- Then consider doing the same thing I did – purchase two $25 gift certificates and email them to two members of their PLN with the same request to “pay it forward.”
- Make a $25 loan yourself, or
- Do what I did; make a $25 loan, then purchase two $25 gift certificates and email them to folks you know and ask them to do the same, and/or
I’ve been honored to pay it forward as I received one of Karl’s original certificates and have been sharing gift certificates with others. I also made an investment on my own, following in Karl’s footsteps. I learned a great deal as I made my way through Kiva’s site, learning more about the specifics of micro-finance and peering into another part of the world. It’s been a treat to continue the chain, and to make someone’s day by sending along a gift that I know will be a useful one.
I wonder if you might want to send such a gift, too.
Join Team Shift Happens. Make someone’s day – e-mail them a Kiva gift certificate, and ask them to keep paying it forward, to make someone else’s day, too. Lots of folks win. Better yet, as loans are repaid, this can be a gift that, literally, keeps on giving.