|Posted by email@example.com on March 31, 2011 at 8:19 PM|
Have you heard of Kiva? Kiva is on a mission to connect people, through lending, to alleviate poverty. Years ago our family had tried the "I'll give to your favorite charity if you give to mine" as an alternative to Christmas presents. Problems popped up because, well, we're a family. That's what we do, we argue at Christmas. This year our daughters in Nashville gave us gift certificates to Kiva (www.kiva.org). We use our gift certificates to LEND money to people and they PAY US BACK so we can lend it again! The best part was, they gave us each our own gift certificate. I could, and did, search the site for women so my gift could be gender specific. I have a feeling my husband will be less inclined to sort by gender and be more interested in the risk factor (probability of pay back) and time constraints. He is an accountant, after all. I'll be whooping it up if either of our small contributions makes a difference. But, no matter. I am whooping it up anyway to think that we have raised a daughter, and in turn gained a daughter-in-law, who are socially conscious. Who think that helping someone else, before themselves, is the way to live. Who would include us in their life mission. Could we be prouder? I don't think so!