Monday, May 14, 2018

Kiva loan for a modern sewing machine

Kurbonoy is really grateful to Kiva lenders for their support and understanding. Only thanks to your support, she could realize her plans and continue her animal husbandry business. It helped her improve her family's financial situation and solve her problems.

Kurbonoy always seeks to advance in life and doesn't want to be complacent about the achieved. Currently she is planning to start an additional business. She learnt how to sew and decided to provide seamstress services. However, to implement her plans she needs your assistance once again. She will use the amount of the provided loan to buy a new sewing machine and will start her new business.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Gold and Drum Bugle Corp

Made a donation to a friends gold and drum bugle corp. Not real sure what it is but he likes it and it makes his world a better place.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Shower of Hope

Was at the Shower of Hope today - 29 showers, 9 hair cuts.

I was speaking to a client for a bit and he said 'wow, for a moment I forgot I was homeless'.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Shower of Hope

I helped out at Shower of Hope today.  29 showers, 10 hair cuts. 

Today I met a 22 year old girl Lauren who has just hit the streets 3 days before. She left an abusive relationship and didn't want to go home to an abusive mother. She was contemplating suicide. Luckily she found Maria who has taken her in. Maria is in her late 60s and I've known her for a while, she's very funny and we've spent hours in conversation. Maria lives with her boyfriend in a tent in a homeless camp. She said the men have already been sniffing around Lauren and Maria said she had to have her sleep in her tent her while the boyfriend stood guard last night. 
The wait for a place in a shelter is long. It's improbable she will survive unscathed. #SheDoes deserve safety and protection.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

She Does Matter - homeless women in LA

Spent the night sleeping in a tent on the sidewalk outside city hall of Los Angeles. "camping out in solidarity with the thousands of homeless women who are forced to sleep outside due to the severe lack of shelters in Los Angeles. We are demanding that Mayor Garcetti and the City Council of LA appropriate $20 million in the discretionary budget towards sheltering 1000 women by August 2018. We must have this action as the City budget will be voted on Friady, April 20th, 2018. We are also demanding that the Mayor and City Council promise to take immediate action to secure a minimum of 8 separate locations to accommodate shelters for 1000 women."

She does matter. All women do. And we need to get them off the streets.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Showers for the homeless

Helped out today at a mobile shower - Shower of Hope.   We are in a #SheDoes movement to get at least 1000 new shelters for women by august.  Tired of seeing women abused on the streets.

Saturday, February 10, 2018


Just sent a friend $145 worth of groceries.  She has 5 kids, 4 still at home in high school, and she can't work. She got injured last year and is in a wheel chair.
  She's been posting pictures of things she's selling to pay the bills this month, her camping stuff (that's how I know her, we do a reenactment together).  And she just posted a request for people's grocery coupons - the new monopoly game. She posted her address.  So I sent her groceries.  Not sure if she will be able to tell they are from me. 
   Her kids are all doing very well in school and her parents are helping so I"m hoping she won't end up on the street.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Shower of Hope

Helped out at a mobile shower for the homeless.  It's a 4 shower unit that moves. On Friday night it's in Highland park in the parking lot of a church that allows people to sleep in the pews.
Shower of Hope

Shower of hope - mobile shower for homeless

Helped out today at a mobile shower - Shower of Hope.  Incredible experience.  The group is the Monday Night Missions  that feed people on Skid row. I've joined a few times, the group is non-religious, not official, just a bunch of caring people who want to see people have basics in life, like food.  And now showers. This mobile shower is new and there are now several of them and more coming. Totally changes someone's perspective when they can have a shower.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Kiva for chocolate bars

Kiva loan .

Pacari, started by Carla Barbotó and Santiago Peralta  created Ecuador’s first locally manufactured, premium chocolate bar. Pacari aims to benefit both consumers and producers. Pacari works directly with its cocoa growers to ensure farmers are trained and can deliver high quality cocoa. Pacari’s chocolate is 100% organic, soy free, gluten free, and dairy free. Pacari pays farmers for quality, offering roughly 2x the market price for their cocoa beans. Pacari currently works with 3,500 farmers, for cocao and other ingredients such as golden berries, Andean blueberries, salt, chile, and guayusa.

Loan use
The loan will be used to buy cocao from a new association of 30 small scale farmers with 90 hectares land. Pacari will purchase 660 quintals of cocao which will generate an approximate revenue of USD 105k for the association.