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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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  • Nkoreneza Group
    Burundi
    Nkoreneza Group received a loan from Tom to increase his working capital and buy many pairs of shoes for resale.
    Tom
    0% repaid
  • Agnes
    Rwanda
    Agnes received a loan from Peter to buy fertilizers to grow maize.
    Peter
    0% repaid
  • Maria Tereza
    Honduras
    Maria Tereza received a loan from Dawn to buy animal feed and vitamins for her pigs.
    Dawn
    0% repaid
  • Irvan
    Indonesia
    Irvan received a loan from Albert to boost access to safe drinking water in West Java, Indonesia.
    Albert
    0% repaid
  • Madat
    Azerbaijan
    Madat received a loan from Tej to pay for his expensive medications.
    Tej
    5% repaid
  • Chantal
    Rwanda
    Chantal received a loan from Lonn to pay workers who harvest maize.
    Lonn
    0% repaid
  • La Langosta Group
    Nicaragua
    La Langosta Group received a loan from Gary to make improvements to her husband's canoe so he can fish and she can sell his catch.
    Gary
    37% repaid
  • Suzana
    Mozambique
    Suzana received a loan from Felix to pay for her vehicle's registration.
    Felix
    4% repaid
  • Lilia
    Philippines
    Lilia received a loan from Aidan to buy fertilizers and other farm supplies.
    Aidan
    10% repaid

Impact   Updated Hourly

49
Team Members
$8,500
Amount Loaned
301
Loans
6.1
Loans per member