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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. 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: to learn more.

Here’s a short video on how it works:

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!


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  • Marlene
    Marlene received a loan from Melissa to buy additional wood, paint, and other equipment for making furniture.
    0% repaid
  • María Marta
    El Salvador
    María Marta received a loan from Muching to buy more pigs to butcher and sell the meat.
    0% repaid
  • Isaac
    Isaac received a loan from Muching to buy a meat saw in order to sell llama meat wholesale.
    0% repaid
  • Anabel
    Anabel received a loan from Aidan to buy additional sacks of charcoal to sell.
    0% repaid
  • Adriana Paola
    Adriana Paola received a loan from Aidan to invest in electrical appliances, mobile phone accessories, recharge cards, and clothing.
    0% repaid
  • Melita
    Melita received a loan from Aidan to buy food and ingredients such as meat, flour, spices, etc.
    0% repaid
  • Nahiba
    Nahiba received a loan from Nelson to buy three new sheep and recover the productivity of her livestock.
    0% repaid
  • Ligia Aurora
    Ligia Aurora received a loan from Nelson to purchase rice, sugar, oil, chicken, and other supplies.
    0% repaid
  • Lorenzo Mauricio
    El Salvador
    Lorenzo Mauricio received a loan from Tej to invest in cement, sand, gravel, galvanized sheet metal, beams, and pins to build a roof and cement the floor of his home.
    0% repaid
  • Umuse Group
    Umuse Group received a loan from Tej to increase his working capital and buy goats for resale as meat.
    25% repaid
  • Mahesh P Mahila Mandal Group
    Mahesh P Mahila Mandal Group received a loan from Natalie to buy embroidered dresses, covers, yokes, and handkerchiefs as inventory towards growing her clothes-selling microenterprise.
    0% repaid

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