Kiva Lending Team: Safe Girls Team
We loan because...
By empowering girls and women in the fight for women's rights, poverty reduction, education and health promotion, we are helping to create a fairer and better world for everyone.
"The most fulfilled people are the ones who get up every morning and stand for something larger than themselves. They are the people who care about others, who will extend a helping hand to someone in need or will speak up about an injustice when they see it." ~~~ Wilma Mankiller, first female Tribal Chief of the Cherokee Nation (Native Americans)
This team supports the work of Kiva, improving the lives of people around the world who have limited financial means, and who would not otherwise have the means to improve their
lives, those of their families, and their communities. Our team members loan for different activities, mainly to women, especially to those who are widowed, single or single parents, supporting a family, a refugee, or caring for orphans, but also to men.
We also raise awareness of the issues of violence against women and girls, their education, maternal health and human rights.
Safe Girls Team Captains.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides the legal / ethical framework with which Safe Girls Team works to inform our team members about women's and girl's rights and those of wider society:
As individuals we determine the kind of world we live in. By caring for others and the world around us, we are empowered to make a better world for all.
"People never forget that helping hand especially when times are tough."
Ethic of Care. (Article, 2011).
Inspirational Video.(13th September, 2013).
Nickleback – If Everyone Cared. (Video, 26th October, 2009).
If Everyone Cared – Nickelback (lyrics) HD (Video, 12th November, 2016).
Caring for Our Global Environment. (Video, 7 December, 2015).
Beat Generosity Burnout. (Article, January, 2017).
Connection to Humanity Quiz. (Quiz, 2012).
Our team member Zoë lives in the French speaking region of Switzerland, and reports that she has not encountered anyone who is familiar with Kiva there. She herself came across Kiva after hearing about micro lending and then trying to find an organization involved with it. Zoë makes most of her loans to women, feeling she has a duty to do so. She has a special focus on Colombia, as she has visited, and has friends there, and feels it is one of her ‘favourite places on earth’.
In terms of equal rights for women, Zoë feels Switzerland has some way to go, particularly concerning equal pay for equal work, maternity leave, and child care, which she tells us is scarce and very expensive.
Zoë’s derivation is half Greek and half English, and before the 12 years she has been in Switzerland she lived in Greece, the UK, and Italy. She grew up speaking both Greek and English, and has now added French to the languages in which she is proficient. She aspires to further travel, though expects she will not accomplish that goal until her two young children (ages 1 and 4) are somewhat older. Zoë is interested in art and contemporary dance, but states that at present she dedicates most of her time to her children.
Aspects of her adopted country of Switzerland which Zoë particularly likes are access to culture, respect for the environment, and its location in the heart of Europe.
I would like to thank Zoë for participating in the interview this month.
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