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!

11 December 2011

Christmas gifts - and I need your help!

As you plan your Christmas shopping, please consider Kiva Cards and other gifts that support the work of Kiva (I love the piggybank and the calendar).

After almost four weeks away from Brisbane for family reasons, I will be working very long hours to catch up on client work. I therefore need your help to continue spreading the word about our Genealogists for Families team on Kiva. Some of you have already made a huge effort, and I hope more of you will help with publicity now. You may want to try the recruiting strategy that has worked best for me, which is a brief email to friends, relatives, workmates and colleagues. Here is a sample email, which can be modified as you wish.

"Genealogists worldwide (and their non-genealogist friends and relatives) are working as a team to help families in low income areas. Our motto is, 'We care about families (past, present and future)'. Within 10 weeks the project had 97 members from 9 countries helping more than 180 individuals or groups all over the world - and the numbers increase daily. It would be great if you'd join our team, http://www.kiva.org/team/genealogists. There is more information on that page. Anyone can join - you do not need to be a genealogist! If you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this email."

I avoid using the word 'loan' in the email in case it gets marked as spam.

When I joined Kiva there were 1,000 borrowers listed, and now there are 6,000. Let's try to persuade more people to join Kiva. Together we can make a difference!

1 comment:

  1. Now, five days later, the statistics are '99 members from 9 countries helping 198 individuals or groups'. It will be exciting to see the numbers on www.kiva.org/team/genealogists change to '100 members' and '200 loans'!

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