For those who do not know, Kiva, the online microlending website, gave me my first shot at trying to improve the lives of the poor. When I joined the Kiva Fellows program, I was placed with Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, a micofinance institution in the Philippines. I loved it there, and loved the work. I began to write a blog about microfinance in Southeast Asia, which expanded in scope as my interests broadened to agriculture, energy, education, and economic development. Ultimately, that blog became this blog in its present incarnation.
Upon my graduation from the Kiva Fellows program, I was given a certificate, on which I spilled coffee, and a t-shirt. For 6 months, it was my favorite t-shirt. Then I lost it in Cambodia and was devastated.
But, now, if you click the link below and sign up for Kiva you get a FREE $25 to lend, and, if 5 people sign up, I get a free T-shirt. Please, for the love of God, do it. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about that shirt.
Click this link to sign up:
Just caught your name in the kiva blogsite. I think you were the writer of the mass wedding article that I stumbled upon. I work with KMBI, who you mentioned was a microfinance member in a certain network organization. Anyway, I shared your article with my former boss whose writing you excerpted in the blog. Like small kids, we were very happy that someone took the time to read it and mentioned it in their stories. So, because of that, I’ll support your cause 🙂
Hi Margaret – so sorry for taking such a long time to get back to you. Thanks for reading my blog. I really admire the work your organization and the other MFIs of the Philippines are doing. I used to work with NWTF as a Kiva Fellow, and am looking forward to coming back to the Philippines one of these days.