Like a couple of old curmedgeons, we looked at our beautiful, well-fed and gainfully employed children and said, "You're not getting gifts from us for Christmas this year."
As agreed, we are instead sharing the money which would be spent on unnecessary stuff with those who really need help. For the past several months we have made a micro-loan of $25-50 each month to a Third-World entrepreneur though KIVA. We will continue to support KIVA's work through the coming year.
These loans, plus donations to our local food bank, the World Food Program, the Children's Hospital in Vancouver and to Avaaz, are our gifts this year. To each other and to our family. We will have a lovely meal, shared with a couple of single neighbours. And we will be merry.
To see the story of how a $25.00 donation travels from lender to borrower and back again, watch this cute video produced by a KIVA Fellow. It follows the path of a $25 loan from London, England to Preak Tamao village, Cambodia. Kiva.org is a website that allows internet users like you or I to lend money to people that need it in developing countries, with the aim of empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty.
To find out more, go to kiva.org
And Merry Christmas!