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!
05 January 2012
Meet the Team: Alona Tester
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I'm the Office Manager at Gould Genealogy and History, and often the person on the other end of the phone when people phone. I do love to do my own genealogy, but my own has taken a back seat to work more recently. Apart from that I love reading.
What do lending and participating in this project mean to you?
To know that you are helping aid someone's life in a very positive way is what drew me to it.
Did you choose particular borrowers because their occupations or situations have some significance in your family history or your own life?
I read through borrowers, and what they were requesting for, before making a choice. But as for having any significance to my own family history, no.
Do you have a strategy for raising funds or saving for your $25 loans?
I just put it in perspective... do I REALLY need this or that, when it could be helping someone else, who more than likely would make better use of it.
What is your Web site or blog?
Your main family history interests?
When I get to do my family tree I'm mainly focusing on my WINTER family from Finland and Australia, and my TREWARTHA and BANFIELD families from Devon, England and New Jersey, United States.
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