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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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Team Activity

  • Fely
    Philippines
    Fely received a loan from Aidan to buy additional stocks of groceries to resell.
    Aidan
  • Tuyết
    Vietnam
    Tuyết received a loan from Aidan to purchase office supplies to resell.
    Aidan
  • Norma
    Philippines
    Norma received a loan from Aidan to purchase more dried fish to sell.
    Aidan
  • Mohammad
    Egypt
    Mohammad received a loan from Tej to buy more goats.
    Tej
  • Thie's Group
    Cambodia
    Thie's Group received a loan from Alison to buy seed, fertilizer and pesticide to improve her farmland.
    Alison
  • Brian
    Malawi
    Brian received a loan from Muching to acquire a Zoona-branded kiosk for his start-up business as a Zoona mobile transactions agent.
    Muching
  • José
    Nicaragua
    José received a loan from Lonn josé to buy a 165 liter solar refrigeration system, a voltage regulator, 100 watt panels, batteries, and accessories to be installed in his home.
    Lonn
  • Reina De La Paz
    El Salvador
    Reina De La Paz received a loan from Tej to buy tables and chairs to better serve her customers and project a new image for her business.
    Tej
  • Unidad Group
    Nicaragua
    Unidad Group received a loan from Lonn to invest in her business by purchasing bundles of clothing.
    Lonn
  • Evelyn
    Philippines
    Evelyn received a loan from Aidan to buy feed and vaccines for her ducks.
    Aidan
  • Thiện
    Vietnam
    Thiện received a loan from Aidan to purchase footwear to resell.
    Aidan

Impact   Updated Hourly

50
Team Members
$11,700
Amount Loaned
427
Loans
8.5
Loans per member