Technology can turn $25 into a family giving tradition
Technology has been connecting families for generations. The invention of the phone let us hear voices of loved ones far away, and the creation of the Internet helped us to see them. Today, those same technologies that we’ve used to bring our families closer together are helping us to connect with and support families who are worlds apart. In doing so, the very concept and experience of “gifting” and philanthropy is being transformed.
For example, lending may not have fit into the philanthropy category in the past. Now, however, lending lets people go beyond traditional giving by using new technologies. The concept has grown dramatically through organizations like Kiva, which enables anyone with an Internet connection and $25 to make a micro-loan to one of thousands of low-income entrepreneurs in more than 65 countries, including the United States. Just go to www.kiva.org to find a borrower to whom you can lend $25 – it might be a mother in Uganda selling solar lights to pay for her children’s school supplies, a woman in Mongolia providing yogurt to local schools to help support her family, or a mom in Kenya using her dairy cow profits to help further her schooling.
You have an opportunity to make a big difference for women, families and communities – beyond traditional giving.
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