Thursday, December 1, 2011

'Tis the season to give...

Since today marks the first day of December, and Holidays are in full gear, I think it is important to remember the true meaning of the season. As much as we all love presents, and wishlists like yesterday's, it is important to always remember to give back, to love, and care for those around us, in our community, and across the world. 

This month, I am going to be sharing with you all some non-profit organizations that are dear to my heart. I do a lot of community service projects with my church and my school, and have learned about some amazing organizations.

One that I recently learned about in one of my classes, is Kiva.

Kiva is a SF Bay Area based non-profit organization that started in 2004, that helps give loans to individual's or groups in other countries that have the desire to start up their own business. It uses a practice called microfinancing, which is the idea that by lending a small amount of money to an individual, they have the power to lift themselves out of poverty. What is better than that? With a loan of $25, YOU could help a person jump start their own business, and be continuously updated with the progress of that person. 

Here is one story:

George takes care of six children at home with his wife. He joined One Acre Fund in order to grow enough to feed his family and have additional maize profits to educate his children. With this loan from Kiva, One Acre Fund will purchase fertilizer, seeds, and other important farming inputs to distribute to this farmer group during Kenya's next planting season in February. 

For more of an inside snapshot of what Kiva does, watch this video.

Ever had the dream to help end world hunger and poverty? Now you can.

And in the spirit of giving, I have a super awesome giveaway for you all tomorrow, so stay tuned ;)


  1. I found about Kiva 2 years ago and I think is such a well thought project, one of my cousins is constantly donating, she has a big heart! ;)
    The only bad thing is that is so hard to choose just 1 person to donate to, there is so much people in need!

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  3. A great reminder for December 1! Thanks, Lauren.

  4. I am so glad you are highlighting charities during the holiday season. There is so much need out there. You go girl.

  5. This is a great post to remind us of the importance of giving. Thanks, Lauren! xx

  6. love this post! i've heard of non profits like this one where you lend money to people who need a little help and it is such a worthwhile cause. i'm definitely gonna sign up.

  7. This is fantastic, I love that you posted about it. And what a great cause!!

  8. Great post! I have given to Kiva and it's always fun when my loaned out funds have been replenished so I can give it again!

  9. You are just SO giving and have such a big heart!! I hope to help organizations like these and make a bigger difference in the lives of others!

  10. this is fantastic! microfinance is near and dear to my heart as well and I've worked with KIVA in the past.
    thanks for sharing

  11. really great cause!! so special for the holiday season. thanks for sharing!

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  12. What a cool organization! Great post, thanks for sharing!


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