Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sewing for a Living

     It's so hard to imagine the challenge that most people around the world face as they try to make a living to support their families.  This evening, I was reading about a woman in Columbia who is a single mother and sews to provide for her family of 6.  Apparently the motor on her sewing machine is dying, and she is trying to borrow money to get it fixed as well as to purchase supplies.  Through, I decided to participate in making a loan to her.
     The loan to this Columbian woman is the 8th loan in which I've participated this year.  All are to people in 3rd world nations who are working hard to provide for their families.  Every loan is being paid back exactly on schedule, and one has already been paid back in full.  Sometimes people just need a chance.  Kiva helps to give these people that chance by creating the mechanism for people like you and me to provide support.  These contributions truly are loans, not handouts.  It's a great way to truly make a difference.

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