Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
I also got a few Kiva gift certificates for some people who work in my sewing business. They are all hard-working. The business is great to have, because it allows me to help people like stay-home-moms and people who have emergency fund needs. So when people come and say 'help, my car died and I need $200 this weekend to fix it', I can give them work to do to make the money. And we pay about 4-5 times minimum wage, the business was set up to give them work, not to make me profit. (Though I must say I am profiting, business is very good). Having this hobby business also keeps my scavenge friends away, the ones who just want my money but don't want to work for it. They used to try to give me grief and go on about how them and their families are deserving, and since I give to others they should get some. People like that tend to disappear when you actually offer them jobs to do, so its made my life a lot easier. Now I mostly get contacted by people who are actually willing to work. Today I got 2 emails for new sewers, and was happy to see one was a stay-home-mom. I'm not sure how many kids we are currently helping feed (I don't even know how many sewers we have, I'm not involved in production) but I think the record was 21 kids. And I've set up a few college funds (my own bank accounts I'm designating for them for college), 'cause schooling in the US is EXPENSIVE. I graduated with over $55,000 US in debt, mostly from grad school where I got 75% of it funded. (I paid it off by day-trading the stock market, which is not something I advise people to do). So I'm setting up college funds for the kids. ING does direct withdrawal, so we don't even notice it missing. And it so insignificant when compared to the UPS bill! (I pay the bills of the business, that's my 'job', I also do the web work).
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
I made a donation today to Sesame Street to help its international programs. They are celebrating that they just started programming in India. The programs are always country specific, and devloped by local individuals with the workshops guidance. I think muppets can help make the world a better place.
This blog has been sponsored by the letter K. For Kindness. Lets try making more in the world.
Friday, June 22, 2007
I started a subscription for fair trade coffee today. I found a place through the Coop America's National Green Pages. The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie is located in Washington, and they believe that the small act of buying coffee beans can be part of the giant act of positive change in the world.
They go into detail where they buy their beans from, and apparently they started Peets Coffee so they probably know how to roast the beans well. I ordered a 3 month supply to start, getting delivered monthly. Even with shipping its only a few dollars more than I currently spend.
Well I just read some nasty stuff written about me and this blog. I didn't read all of it because I didn't see the need. Its amazing that there is such meanness around, not only that people get in a discussion, but also that someone felt the need to notify me that I was being trashed. I don't understand people like that, but I'm thinking they don't lead very happy lives and need to express their own hurt.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Most of the charities are local, the United Way LA helps 35 agencies that service the very poor in our city. AS the letter states, as the sun goes down tonight, more than 90,000 homeless people (including 20,000 children) will look for a safe place to sleep.
This is just not right for a rich city in a rich country. PATH has some great solutions (Joel's book is a great read), but as they point out we need more people doing things. Its hard to know what to do. Giving money helps. I try to do other things, I give away fleece blankets and toiletry kits to the guys at the freeway exits/entrances (especially at the Veterans Administration hospital). I buy homeless people food or coffee if I see them when I get it (I probably buy about 2-5 meals/week), and yes, I give people money if they ask. I know its not good. I know they spend it on cigs and booze sometimes. But who am I to judge what they do with it, and it means so much more to them. And if I lived on the street I'd probably want to smoke and drink too.
I also paid a big tax bill to the City of Calgary today, hopefully some of that funds will go to helping hard working Canadians.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Another day, another loan to Honduras. It is so exciting to see all the loans there. I have accepted the fact that I can't be in on all of them, I must share.
The loan today was to Maria Ventura Paz for her clothing business in Choluceta.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
As someone who uses a sewing machine a lot, I am happy to lend her the money. I hope their businesses do as well as mine.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I'm back from San Francisco, I saved lots of tax payers money.
I found a few Honduran loans this morning, what a great way to start the day. These loans are all in Teguigalpa, (do I get points for being able to both say AND spell it?).
Rosa Antonia Valladares wants $300 to increase her clothing business.
Domitila Ardon wants $375 for her tortilla business. Santos Irma Lopez Alvarez wants $500 to increase her products.
Karen Melissa Obando wants $275 for her coconut milk business, she's going to buy more coconuts and machetes.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
I sent her a Kiva gift certificate, along with several loan pages that I had printed out of the AoC event so she could get an idea of what Kiva is and who she can lend to. I'm hoping she'll get involved, even if anonymously.
I am leaving for San Francisco in a few hours to attend an NIH study section. I will be reviewing grant proposals and helping decide which ones to prioritize to fund. So that's how I will be changing the world on Monday and Tuesday, and I probably won't have time to post about it. The meeting on Monday will be over 10 hours I'm sure. Lots of intense thinking.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Today I set up a virtual place for Kiva Friends to hang in Second Life. We still have a lot of work to do at the place, but so far a few people have dropped by including a president of a NGO in South Africa.
I think it will be a productive, fun place. Can't wait till the Grand Opening Party.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Made two quick loans today, one to Alba Alicia Garmendia Lopez who wants money for her clothing store, the other to Mercedes Funes Velasquez for her clothing store. Both are in Dani.
I'm thinking if I ever make it to Dani, Honduras, I'm going to be buying clothes.
41.4% of my Kiva loans are to Honduras.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Friday, June 01, 2007
These ones really were hard. There were paypal issues. But I persevered. I got to lend to Gloria Cecilia Cubas Mejia who wants $600 for her store in Danli.
Ada wants $150 for her tortilla business. She is very happy her daughters are both professionals.
Ruth wants $250 for her clothing store.
And Reina wants $500 for her cookie and bread shop.
40% of our loans are currently to Honduras.
Hernandez for supplies for her store, and I sure would like some of those baked goods. I can see donuts there.
Francisa sells appliances, Joel has a home store,
Ramon wants new tires for his bus, and Aida wants more inventory for her store.
These seven loans got our Honduras portfolio up to 38%. I love Honduras.