Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kiva loan

Helped out with a kiva loan today as recommended by one of my kiva groups. trying to get her funded.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

People assisting the homeless PATH

I make a monthly automatic contribution to PATH. 
They are truly helping put people in homes.  And homelessness is a big issue.  I see homeless people almost every time I leave my house. If I stop for fast food (which is rare, but I do the occasional SUBWAY), I will buy food for anyone around. And eat with them if I can.   

I was at a meeting once where I sat beside a noble prize winner during the event dinner. The night before I had had dinner with a homeless person sitting on the street curb. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Kiva Credit

Had a lot of Kiva credit, I was travelling out of the country again.
Today I made 10 loans to people from microlenders I haven't lent to before.

I am going to go into Second Life and fly around in my Kiva plane and reminisce about past fun times.

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Did one of those quizzes to determine my life's motto and got:

"Be the reason someone smiles today" - Don't forget to spread some of your happiness around. You are lucky, you have a lot of great things going on in your life to be thankful for, and a lot of light within you that you can share with others. Who knows, one day they just might return the favor.

I make people smile all the time. I say hi and do small talk as often as possible, with my neighbours, the people I see on my walks, shopkeepers, homeless, etc.  I get in elevators and say things and make people laugh most of the time. It's good to laugh

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Busy busy

I've been so busy.
My Kiva repayments piled up so I made 17 loans today. I chose them based on activities and microfinancers I haven't lent to yet.

Hopefully my life will settle down again and I'll blog more.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Help stamp out hunger

Left some food in my mailbox today to help stamp out hunger. It's a yearly food drive done by the US post office. Mailpersons collect food directly from mailboxes.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Kiva loan to Belize

Made a loan today to Andrea from Belize.

Andrea is a new farmer who lives in the beautiful village of Indian Creek, in the Toledo district of southern Belize. She was inspired by other farmers who have benefited from the blossoming cacao industry in the area, and is excited to join the farming world. 

As a housewife with three children, Andrea is currently unemployed, and is eager to begin farming to become more self-sustaining. She has requested this loan to purchase cacao trees.

Andrea would like to send her kids to school using the revenue she generates from planting and selling cacao.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Homeless Vets in Los Angeles - PATH

I make monthly automatic donations to PATH (People Assisting the Homeless). Today I made an additional donation to help homeless vets for a matching donation.

The link to donate is here.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Kiva loan to Ala-Buka village, Kyrgyzstan

Masturazhan is 57 and married with children. She has a high school education and works in animal husbandry as the primary source of income for her family, a business she started more than 30 years ago with the purchase of livestock for 2,000 KGS. Thanks to her hard work, she now has two milking cows, one horse and 25 sheep, as well as everything she needs to care for the animals. She also has a small parcel of land where she harvests corn, potatoes and carrots every year, both for her own use and for sale. Her total monthly income is 15,000 KGS. With the goal of further developing her business, Masturazhan has turned to Bai Tushum Bank for a loan to purchase sheep to increase the amount of livestock she has. She also plans to save toward renovating her home.