“Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. Give a woman microcredit, she, her husband, her children and her extended family will eat for a lifetime.” – Bono

The Loan:

Kiva.org provides micro-loans to people around the world to help them with their business, or to build a home, or to fund items needed for education.

On Kiva’s site they share their purpose:

“We envision a financially inclusive world where all people hold the power to improve their lives.”

Here’s a page about how the loan process works:  How Kiva works.

As always, feel free to do your own small act of kindness. You’re welcome to share it if you like.

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Day 13 of 365:  The Loan

We started with Kiva about nine years ago. On our birthdays, we give each other a microloan as a gift, and often give it as a gift to others who love Kiva. In 2013 I started a “Give the Gift of Giving” Christmas campaign. Three years ago, we began purchasing Kiva loans in honor of Joy (Running for Joy) who was killed in 1984 by a drunk driver. When two of my husband’s coworkers also lost sisters, we purchased a loan in their honor and continue to do that every year on their birthday. It really makes me feel good to know that these “small acts with great love” are helping people improve their lives around the world.

Today is Day 13 of  "Buttons for Benjamin" - 365 SAoK (Small Acts of Kindness) to help get the word out about my missing son Benjamin.  I began on Ben's 35th birthday, February 21st.  It began as a way to stay positive and proactive as the third anniversary of Ben's disappearance approached (March 2nd).  This (above) is the Day-13 blurb I wrote for the KindSpring challenge "Ben Archer's 35th Birthday Year of Kindness."  This is also my SAoK for the day below that.  The challenge is 21 days long, so for the next three weeks, I'll share the blurb and corresponding SAoK.  Beginning on February 26th and every Tuesday after that, I'll post the week's SAoK's on under1000skies in a post called "Full of Grace."