So what else makes her amazing? There are many things but I am in awe of her generosity and her social conscience. Whenever one of my babies was born (which seemed to be happening very often at one point there) she would give the baby a gift. Invariably it would be a gift from a hospital auxiliary or similar. I loved receiving a gift that was helping the Children's Hospital or a local nursing home, etc. I loved how my friend made her money work twice. Once for my babies and once for the charity.
And then there was the time she gave me this gift for absolutely no reason............... or maybe it was because she cares about me.... *blush*
Now, there is a reason I am telling you about my friend. She put me onto an amazing organisation called Kiva. As a family we support various charities at different times, but this organisation aren't handing out charity. They are empowering people. If you give Kiva $25 (or more) they lend it to a person in need of a hand. They aim to alleviate poverty by helping people to help themselves. For example, someone with a business making clothes who needs money for a new sewing machine could support themselves with a small loan. One hundred percent of your money goes into the loan.
The person repays their loan and then you can re-lend your original money to assist someone else. Isn't it great! Obviously there is a chance that the loan will not get repaid, but in general people don't default. Please consider becoming involved. It's a great way of helping people while allowing them to retain their dignity.
I am blessed to have a friend whom I respect so much. She inspires me to think more about where I spend my money.
And on a different note, remember I was telling you about my difficulties in taking Pumpkin's photo? She just wasn't in the mood. I've decided to show you the evidence. Hopefully she will forgive me.....
|How dare you make me stand here! Well you can't make me smile!!!|