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!


* Project developer / coordinator: Judy Webster, Australia

How the project started:

Judy says, "My father set aside money (we called it his 'Do Good money') and periodically lent it to a hard-working person in need of help. When Dad passed away, I wanted to continue that tradition in his memory.

Kiva, a non-profit organisation, allows me to lend just $5 (or $25) to a specific person. I choose the person, and I know how he/she will use the money and when it will be repaid. For me, $25 is the cost of a few takeaway lunches or coffees, which I can easily do without. For the borrower, it may be equivalent to many weeks income. As the loan is repaid I can withdraw the money or lend it again. This is a simple and sustainable way to empower someone to support their family and lift themselves out of poverty."

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