As we prepare for Thanksgiving, I am thankful for so much. The holiday celebrates the harvest but also the ways in which people from different cultures come together to help one another. The Native Americans gave more than they received. And in the name of their generous spirit, this is a time to think about how to we, from one of the wealthiest nations, can give to others.
So I am especially thankful for the people who started KIVA. They have figured out a way for us to virtually travel and share what we have with our brothers and sisters in worlds I have never visited. A small offering from a large number of people can change the quality of life for people who are in great need. In doing this, we work as one world to solve problems that seem to be beyond our reach.
I just went in with three people I don't know to loan $75 to a young women, Julliet, in the Phillipines to buy piglets to raise and eventually sell and repay the loan. I also helped a woman in Samoa buy a sewing machine and she has nearly paid back all of the loan with the clothes she is making.
So far, I have not lost any money, but rather have traded the interest that I would be making at the bank for the goodwill of knowing that others are finding their place in the global economy.
I hope that you will find that you have a small bit of money ($25) that you can spare to provide a helping hand to someone who needs just a small capital investment. Technology makes this possible.
If you are a loaning and an alumni of Pepperdine, you are welcome to join our newly formed group of loaners-- Pepperdine Alumni (Masters of Arts in Learning Technologies). In this way we can, as a community help others.
And even if you are not an alumni of Pepperdine, we would be happy to have you in our growing community of loaners.
What are you thankful for as you reflect on your place on the planet?