Let’s give back! Every one of us is better off than 99% of the rest of the world.
Many of us travel far to third-world countries for spectacular images, but may not give much thought to the disenfranchised people who live there and often work for a pittance at the places we stay, thankful to have any income at all but still living at bare subsistence levels.
I’d like to start a KIVA group called “ Nature Photographers for World Aid” to give back to these people. If you don’t know about KIVA – please check this out: http://www.kiva.org/ @David_Kingham is onboard with this.
I’ve been active in KIVA for more than 15 years, and have started several different groups whose loans have changed people’s lives.
KIVA gives loans to people trying to improve their lives (NOT gifts). The people are expected to pay the loan back, and they do, sometimes 25 cents a month. The re-payments go back to the lending account of the person giving the loan, to be re-loaned again and again. You can give a NEW loan any time you wish, and can choose the type of loan you wish – for medical care, for building latrines or re-roofing a shack, to people trying to start a new business, to women, to men, to single parents, to almost ANY county including the US. (Use the filters to select a loan/person that interests you) The minimum loan is $25.00 and your loan will be combined with others, and documented.
On the KIVA site, you will see pictures of the people, what they are requesting, and their story. You can choose whomever touches you.
Here is an example of the website they will create for our group, to show loans, # of people who have joined, etc: https://www.kiva.org/portfolio
Here is the link to join, if you’d like to participate:
Thanks to all -