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!

20 May 2012

Genealogists for Families: a Milestone


The Genealogists for Families project is less than eight months old, but today we reached a significant milestone.

Through the non-profit organisation Kiva, the Genealogists for Families team has now loaned a total of $15,000 to low-income borrowers without access to traditional banks. We have helped over 1,000 individuals to expand their small businesses so they can support their families, educate their children or install windows, running water etc in their homes.

(Postscript, 18 May 2013:  It is only one year since I wrote this, but the total amount loaned by our team has now reached a staggering $57,000+. That's because we have over 260 members who keep re-lending the same $25 each time it is repaid.)

The graph above shows the wide variety of small businesses that our loans are currently supporting. It does not include loans that have already been fully repaid. (Repeatedly lending the same $25 does so much more good than a one-time donation to charity!)

Please join the Genealogists for Families team - we are really making a difference! For a limited time, new members can make a free trial loan. It costs you nothing because it is sponsored by an anonymous donor.

You may be also interested in a series of articles in which team members write about their family history research interests and how these are linked to their experiences with Kiva.

9 comments:

  1. Proud to be involved in such a super project.

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  2. What a wonderful achievement.

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  3. Amazing achievement in just 8 months!

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  4. Wow! That's an amazing testament to the group and those who contribute to easing the poverty of the poor folk who require (relatively) so little to make their lives more productive and secure.

    Well done, folks!

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  5. Wow well done! Honoured to be a new part of the team.

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  6. Thank you all for your comments, and for being such active and supportive members of the team. Did you see Pauleen's great article today on her blog Family history across the Seas?

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  7. Excellent idea--but then to actually put it into successful action -- now there's the accomplishment. congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Linda. Getting the project up and running took more of my time than I expected, but it has been very satisfying on many levels.

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