The Least, First

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We’ve got the power

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KivaMy friend Greg just reached across the Atlantic and helped a fellow named Samwel start a business. Amazing. Here’s part of Greg’s e-mail:

“I came across an example of bottom-up, emergent complexity and thought that I would share it with you. … Through this website, entrepreneurs in developing countries can receive loans from people in developed economies to start or expand small businesses.

“For me, the beauty of this is that people can lend directly to other people without having to deal with problems so common in government to government loans such as corruption, demands from the lender for certain economic or political policies, or any unnecessary “strings” of that sort. Also, this website loans at no interest, so creditors don’t get into trouble that way and they have a very good repayment rate (100% at this point!). Bottom-up policy at its best! …

“Even though I am not rich, my $25 has helped this guy raise money to expand his cyber-cafe in Kenya. Check it out, I think that this sort of thing can be a real driving force for good and the reduction of poverty.”

Perhaps, in the end, it isn’t mainly politicians who make the lasting changes. Perhaps it’s us.

Thanks for reminding me, Greg.

[P.S.: looks like they take PayPal.]

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Written by Monte

March 22, 2007 at 11:10 pm

Posted in Poverty, Social change

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  1. Thanks for the tip, Jason! I did it!


    April 7, 2007 at 9:01 pm

  2. Great post! Keep making a difference.

    Here is another very practical way to help Kiva spread the word.
    Use the WTF section on Technorati to raise the profile by voting for the WTF logged there.

    Then write a blurb also if you want to add more information.


    April 7, 2007 at 3:46 am

  3. Good site! kabababrubarta


    March 26, 2007 at 6:15 pm

  4. Just turned it on by accident, then found your email. Thanks!


    March 23, 2007 at 7:46 pm

  5. Maybe you are interested: PBS is broadcasting it as I write you. It’s the religious American peace ambassadors in Iran:


    March 23, 2007 at 7:11 pm

  6. […] Irrelevant links: One Million Blogs for Peace We’ve got the power […]

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