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Dear friends and family,

As my birthday and the holidays approach, I have been asked the question for the 37th year in a row “So….. what do you want?”

As most of you know, the last couple of years have been a big transition for me, turning my career towards the issue of poverty in developing countries. Last year while living in South Africa, Melissa, Sadie, Cole and I saw firsthand how people in poverty live. I’ve learned how poor people don’t really want “hand outs”, but could certainly use a “hand up”.

This holiday season, the only gift I really want is for my friends and family to experience what that means to me. All it will take is 25 minutes and a loan of $25. KIVA.org is a website that allows you to make a $25 loan to a micro-entrepreneur in a developing country, so that they can build a business to develop income and provide for their family. On the website, you can choose the specific entrepreneur and the business that you want to lend to: for example a restaurateur in Cambodia, a goat herder in Uganda, or a farmer in Peru. Since 2005, KIVA has provided over 340,000 loans worth $260M dollars with an amazing 98.3% repayment rate. That means you not only help someone get their business off the ground, but history says there is a 98.3% chance you get your $25 back! KIVA has won many awards, and has been profiled by Time Magazine, Fortune, New York Times, not to mention being named as one of Oprah’s favorite things.

I’ve created an online lending team with KIVA called “Friends of Sadie and Cole” and am hoping you can help me get to a total of 25 loans on there by Dec 25. Click here: www.kiva.org/team/friends_of_sadie_and_cole to learn more.

Here’s a short video on how it works: vimeo.com/16991128

25 minutes and $25 could be a game changer to help someone in the developing world get on their feet in 2012. Would love to hear your opinions and what you thought about the experience.

Thanks and looking forward to celebrating this holiday season with you, whether in person or from afar!

Albert

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Team Activity

  • Jackline
    Kenya
    Jackline received a loan from Aidan to purchase prawns and dry fish for resale.
    Aidan
    0% repaid
  • Fatima Eva
    Nicaragua
    Fatima Eva received a loan from Aidan to pay her university fees.
    Aidan
    0% repaid
  • Bant Bway (North) Village
    Myanmar (Burma)
    Bant Bway (North) Village received a loan from Albert to help 47 villagers pay for farming inputs such as labor, topsoil, and fertilizer.
    Albert
    0% repaid
  • Efren
    Philippines
    Efren received a loan from Lonn to purchase bags of animal feeds and boosters.
    Lonn
    8% repaid
  • Juliana
    Philippines
    Juliana received a loan from Aidan to purchase additional stocks to sell in her general store.
    Aidan
    16% repaid
  • My
    Vietnam
    My received a loan from Aidan to buy new furniture and more kinds of food to sell from her stall.
    Aidan
    10% repaid
  • Mauro Alberto
    El Salvador
    Mauro Alberto received a loan from Alex to buy two milk cows and for the cultivation of 14,000 square meters of corn. He will buy seeds, manure, pesticides and herbicides.
    Alex
    0% repaid
  • Juan
    Bolivia
    Juan received a loan from L Lee to buy wood for building fishing boats.
    L Lee
    3% repaid
  • Seymur
    Azerbaijan
    Seymur received a loan from Aidan to buy more seasonal fruits.
    Aidan
    33% repaid
  • Tsisana
    Georgia
    Tsisana received a loan from Aidan to start a trading business with used clothing.
    Aidan
    7% repaid

Impact   Updated Hourly

48
Team Members
$6,975
Amount Loaned
242
Loans
5.0
Loans per member