Total loan: $10,000


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Oakland, CA, United States / Services

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Rhonda's story

Raised in the countryside near Eugene, Oregon, one of the most important things my mother taught me was to be caring in the way I use resources, and to recycle anything recyclable. Don't buy something you can easily borrow, and share your own things freely with others. These principles made a strong impression on me. Over the years, I have lived simply. One of my greatest pleasures has been wilderness backpacking, where I carry everything I need on my back, waste nothing and leave no trace behind. I'm a mother myself now, living in Oakland, California and I have two young children. My kids LOVE toys. They love to get new ones, different ones, interesting ones. And I am faced with the need to balance their mad desire for a constant stream of new toys, with my own passionate need to reduce, reuse and recycle. So I came up with TOY-CYCLE, an online community dedicated to the free exchange of used toys and games. Families like mine can use the site to exchange free used toys with other families who live nearby. It's satisfying for me to be able to provide a solution to this toy dilemma I know so many other families face. In this burgeoning community, our kids can get the "new" toys they desire—new to them anyway— and we adults can live our reduce-reuse-recycle convictions. At the same time, we strengthen community ties by connecting with other families that live near us. Thus far I have developed a community of over 500 members in the San Francisco Bay area. Over time, I will bring this model to many more communities around Northern California and the country to help reduce consumption and keep usable toys and games out of landfills.