In 2011 we won an award for Best New Community Project. We enable people without access to traditional banks (including many women) to expand their businesses, educate their children, save for the future and raise themselves out of poverty. Through Kiva, a non-profit organisation working with microfinance institutions, you choose a borrower to support with a loan of just $5 via Kiva Zip or $25 via Kiva. Similar loans by other lenders are combined until the required total is reached. As your money is repaid (often in monthly instalments), you can withdraw it or lend it to someone else. Money that is loaned over and over again does more good than a one-time donation. Join 'Genealogists for Families' - together we are making a difference!

23 October 2011

Welcome to the Genealogists for Families project

Hello and welcome to genealogists, their family and friends, and anyone else who believes that small loans can make a big difference to those who are less fortunate.

The stand-alone pages explain the project's background, how to join, what else you can do, and the potential benefits of belonging to the team. Future blog posts will provide opportunities for you to share your Kiva tips and stories. I will also be inviting team members to do guest posts about their family history research or other interests.

I want this to be a friendly place where team members can have fun. This is also where we will announce prize draw winners, so Watch This Space!

2 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Judy, on your efforts for this project.

    I finally joined your group today and am having fun finding projects for my loans.

    I encourage other genealogists to put aside some funds for this worthy cause.

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  2. Jill, thanks for your support. Like you, I have a lot of fun choosing which borrowers to support. It is quite addictive! I enjoy reading about the entrepreneurs, the countries where they live (my knowledge of geography is improving!) and the microlending 'field partners' who distribute the loans and support the borrowers in other ways (business advice, health services etc).

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