Worthless Junk turned into Microlending Funds

by This is Carrie on September 24, 2009

A little over a year ago, I organized a Garage Sale with the women at church. We invested the $300 in proceeds with women business owners through Kiva.org.
A year later, here is a breakdown of the amazing journey of our money:
Loans made: 25
Total amount lent: $625
Total amount repaid: $401
Total amount lost: $0
15 Countries: Cambodia, Mali, Uganda, Paraguay, Tajikistan, Bolivia, Pakistan, Tanzania, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Togo, Ghana, Mongolia

Truly loans that change lives–all for the cost of one day’s work selling a yard-full of discarded stuff.

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mandiegirl September 24, 2009 at 6:50 pm

That is TOO cool! Love that!

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Amy's Stocking Stuffers September 24, 2009 at 7:21 pm

I think microlending is a brilliant concept. Thanks for taking part in it!

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Chloe September 24, 2009 at 8:55 pm

This is so incredibly inspiring. Seriously. Thank you for posting this and inspiring so many people :) You are amazing.

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Lorena September 24, 2009 at 9:43 pm

That is just really cool. What a great way to use the money.

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Sarah September 24, 2009 at 10:35 pm

I think is great that you are able to inspire others to do this kind of work. Mircolending is truly the best way to help women in developing countries. You are awesome.

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Kathi D September 24, 2009 at 11:40 pm

I have great hope for the future because of parents like you and Todd, who are teaching your children by example and everyday experience to be loving and giving.

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Chloe September 25, 2009 at 9:29 pm

I think this would make a great post for Design Mom…

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MelanyTN September 26, 2009 at 5:56 pm

That's awesome! And it is so fun for me to see that you did this through Kiva.org… my husband's cousin and her husband are the founders of Kiva.org – LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing and inspiring more people to get involved.

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