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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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  • Xasa
    Azerbaijan
    Xasa received a loan from Lonn to buy more goods.
    Lonn
    $2,800 to go
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  • Safarmo
    Tajikistan
    Safarmo received a loan from Lonn to buy food items for increasing working capital.
    Lonn
    0% repaid
  • Rolinda
    Philippines
    Rolinda received a loan from Tej to buy more fish to sell.
    Tej
    13% repaid
  • Sofia
    Kyrgyzstan
    Sofia received a loan from Back in Action to purchase flour, meat and onions for the production of meat dumplings.
    Back in Action
    0% repaid
  • Assanatu
    Sierra Leone
    Assanatu received a loan from Tom to purchase more bags of rice, cement and building materials to sell.
    Tom
    0% repaid
  • Canesius
    Rwanda
    Canesius received a loan from Tej to buy more fertilizer for rice production.
    Tej
    0% repaid
  • Twunguke Ii Group
    Burundi
    Twunguke Ii Group received a loan from Dawn to increase his capital and buy a large quantity of clothing for resale to earn more.
    Dawn
    25% repaid
  • Jackline
    Kenya
    Jackline received a loan from Aidan to purchase prawns and dry fish for resale.
    Aidan
    12% repaid
  • Fatima Eva
    Nicaragua
    Fatima Eva received a loan from Aidan to pay her university fees.
    Aidan
    11% repaid

Impact   Updated Hourly

48
Team Members
$7,300
Amount Loaned
253
Loans
5.3
Loans per member