Monday, October 13, 2008

one hand to help the other

I posted an entry on Friday (a stitch in time) where I specifically noted what one of our fellow bloggers does to make the world a better place. Here is what I wrote:

I would also be remiss in not pointing out that there are angels amongst us already. Hollito, a regular commenter on many of our blogs, donates small business loans to people in developing countries. He also donated a laptop computer to a child in Xico.

I did not have the micro-loan web site available when I wrote that paragraph. Hollito was good enough to forward it to me. It is:

Wayne has recently posted instructions that those of us living outside of Mexico should not try mailing items to Xico. He has an alternative plan of using PayPal for direct donations to John Calypso. Or, an alternative would be to donate through the micro loan link Hollito provided.

Either way will help people who really need the help.


Bob Mrotek said...

Kiva is a wonderful and trustworthy organization that does a lot of good all over the world helping folks and letting others participate. It is a small way to do big things. I highly recommend it.

Steve Cotton said...

Bob -- Good to hear. I see now that I link over, the projects are fully funded. But there will be more. Hollito is a great source -- and great guy.

Islagringo said...

I agree that Kiva is a great organization. Everybody I have emailed with that donates has reported to me that they have been paid back. Good feeling. However, I don't think it will work with our Xico project. One must have a specific project listed with Kiva, i.e. a small business loan, to get money from them.

What I am trying to accomplish is more of a shotgun approach to helping. Distribute as much as possible to as many as possible. With no expectation of being paid back. Except the reward of feeling you have done something to decrease suffering in the world.

Steve Cotton said...

Wayne -- You are correct. The goals are separate, but the end is the same.