I wish that I was sitting across from you instead of writing this blog post because it would be much easier to convey my enthusiasm for Kiva personally, since that is not possible I am writing this post.
My friend and fellow marketer Tissa Godavitarne caused me to really take a close look at Kiva and their micro-lending program for the first time. A little over a year ago I participated in a 6 day marathon over at my S.W.A.T. Conference and we discussed Kiva every singe hour… for some reason I did not fully understand how powerful and life changing mission of Kiva.
When Tissa posted about Kiva on Facebook I guess my heart and mind was open to discovering a new way to fulfill my personal mission:
“To sow increase into the lives of others by co-creating wealth and abundance.” – James Holmes
And so, I clicked on the link Tissa provided and my journey as a supporter of Kiva began. As I write this I have made six loans to borrowers in Ecuador, Benin, Philippines, Mexico, and Kenya. I have been focusing on entrepreneurs in farming and agriculture.
What is Kiva?
In this short video you will gain a sense of the essence of Kiva’s work and how they empower entrepreneurship thereby striking a blow against poverty.
What is Micro Finance and How Does it Work?
In this short video you will an understanding of what micro-finance is and how it works. Once you understand the simplicity of the concept you too will become empowered to change lives $25 at a time.
My Public Declaration
I would like to share a personal declaration with you as my readers and I would love for you to keep me accountable to my funding goal as a Kiva lender. I am going to declare it here, sign my name to it and focus on making it a reality.
“I declare that I will make 1,000 micro-finance loans to worthy recipients who are solo-prenueurs and entrepreneurs around the world through Kiva. I will make 1,000 micro-finance loans over the next 24 months.” – James Holmes
My start as a member of Kiva was simple as it all began with an invitation to participate in their current membership promotion which allows you to join for free, receive an instant $25 credit and immediately lend that money out to understand how it all works. I would like to invite you to do the same.
How You Can Get Involved for Free Today
Getting started is easy and you can take advantage of the same new member promotion that I did by clicking here and signing up for your free account. Once you have joined your account will instantly be credited $25 which you can immediately lend out to the recipient of your choice.
Once you have selected an entrepreneur to fund, I will be notified by Kiva and I will add leverage to your loan by making an additional loan to the same recipient as my way of thanking you for getting involved.
The power to improve the world economy and alleviate poverty for millions of people around the world lies in the hands of entrepreneurs and the practice of entrepreneurship. It is a call to capitalism for sure, but it is also a call to compassionate servant leadership as part of the world community. You have heard it said “to whom much is given much is required” and this is an essential truth.
Entrepreneurs are rewarded as an outcome of the problems we solve and/or the value we provide to the marketplace. Take action on this and you will be one step closer to creating a harmonious business environment and the feel good factor will simply turn you on!
Please feel free to post a comment and share your thoughts. I am here to help you success and invite you to connect with me and let me know how I can make a difference in your life.
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