Alleviate World Poverty this December!


This December would you like to do something to alleviate world poverty?

You may well ask – there is so much grinding poverty in the world, so how could one person possibly make a difference? But what if we join forces, you and I and lots of other bloggers and their readers – that might work, don’t you think?

The best way to alleviate poverty is to give people a hand-up, not a hand-out.

That’s why today I am inviting my blog readers to take part in the BLOG WITH HEART CHALLENGE for the month of December 2009.

The BLOG WITH HEART CHALLENGE has joined forces with Kiva, a highly respected micro-lending non profit organization.

You know that old story about teaching a person to fish and thereby feeding him/her for a lifetime?

Well, Kiva does just this – it is a non-profit website that allows you to lend as little as $25 to a specific low-income entrepreneur in the developing world.

You can watch more inspirational Kiva videos here.

You choose who to lend to – whether a baker in Afghanistan, a goat herder in Uganda, a farmer in Peru, a restaurateur in Cambodia, or a tailor in Iraq – and as they repay the loan, you get your money back. ( Kiva has a high success rate of repaying the loans, but Kiva doesn’t guarantee repayment nor do they offer a financial return on one’s loan.)

Its tagline is “loans that change lives.” Its website says,

“Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.”

For the BLOG WITH HEART CHALLENGE, you can team up with other readers of this blog to leverage your own contributions. The idea is that the readers of this blog contribute to Kiva and we form a lending team with the name of this blog.

This challenge is being held worldwide in the month of December 2009 and it will attract thousands of new lenders to Kiva and consequently help many more entrepreneurs around the world.

You can team up with other readers of this blog to leverage your own contributions.

You will still be an individual making a difference, but in partnership with others here to form a team.

How YOU can join the challenge with my blog – (It only takes two minutes)

Step #1 Register: Go to www.Kiva.Org and register.

Step #2 Join a lending team: Click on COMMUNITY in the navigation bar. Look for the box: ‘Search for a lending team’ and put the name of your favorite blog into the searchbox. Scroll down and push the “JOIN TEAM’ button.

Note: If you wish to support another blogger  – and cannot find his or her blog in the list, write to the blogger and ask them to join the challenge!

(You can join more than one team, if you like).

Step #3 Lend: Click on LEND in the navigation bar. Choose a group or person you would like to lend to. Click on “Lend $25” under the description. Click: “Loan added! Checkout>>” (This line appears when you click on “Lend $25”)

Step #4 Boost your team: On the ‘My Basket’ page. In the upper right hand part it says: “Count towards team:” put the name of your blog team in the box below.

Step #5 Pay: Click on ‘CONTINUE’ and you’ll be taken to the secure payment page.

Step #6 Enjoy lending a hand (and money) in order to alleviate poverty

Are you game? I am!

Please help to make the BLOG WITH HEART CHALLENGE a great success for all. You can do that by telling all your friends about it by email, or Twitter, or on Face Book, or other social media.

Email your other favourite bloggers about it and also get your friends to join the challenge.

Together, we can do it.

Win or lose this challenge, we are all winners!