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We believe that with just a little help, hard working people can make a better life for themselves and their families.

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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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  • Stephen
    Uganda
    Stephen received a loan from Aidan to buy more cows to fatten and sell.
    Aidan
    0% repaid
  • Jose Marcelino
    El Salvador
    Jose Marcelino received a loan from Aidan to invest in cement, sand and labor needed to improve the walls of his home.
    Aidan
    0% repaid
  • Teresita
    Philippines
    Teresita received a loan from Aidan purchase buy fish and materials for storage.
    Aidan
    0% repaid
  • Patricia Concepción
    Nicaragua
    Patricia Concepción received a loan from Tej to buy fertilizers she will apply to her coffee field and have more productive returns.
    Tej
    0% repaid
  • Yongming
    China
    Yongming received a loan from Tej to buy more pigs.
    Tej
    0% repaid
  • Jeiko Porave Rekavo Group
    Paraguay
    Jeiko Porave Rekavo Group received a loan from Tej to buy jeans, T-shirts, shirts, trousers, and other garments to sell.
    Tej
    0% repaid
  • 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

Impact   Updated Hourly

49
Team Members
$8,700
Amount Loaned
309
Loans
6.3
Loans per member