The other week it came time to loan out $25 on Kiva that had recently been repaid. I had a quick search through the listings for a suitable borrower.
My grand-daughter decided to help.
We looked through a few. Then we came across a fine band of Peruvian farmers. They wanted the money to buy chickens and Guinea Pigs.
|Stew? My names is not Stew. My name is Brian|
My grand-daughter thought about this particular group long and hard. Her wistful expression said it all.
Guinea pigs. Fluffy little Guinea pigs. Nice guinea pigs. Then, by association, nice Peruvians, kind Peruvians, looking after the nice little Guinea Pigs.
I was a coward. I said nothing.
Because of my silence there was no option. The Peruvians got their loan.
Here they are:
|The Yayanmarca farmers Group Peru|
One day I'll have to summon thhe courage and tell my grand-daughter what the Peruvians farmers plan for their fluffy little Guinea pigs
But not for another ten years, or maybe twenty.
Don't forget, Kiva is great.
Make loans directly to decent people in the third world, not their greedy ruling class. These are loans that get repaid, not lost in a Swiss bank account or a Mercedes Benz dealership.
Everyone gets their own link from Kiva. Here's mine, go on have a look. (you know you want to)
Do I get any money from this link? - don't be bloody daft. But if you would rather their main site....
But I do get a bit of Kiva "street cred" from how many people eventually become loaners from my introduction.
I might need that if the local animal rights looneys come calling. Especially if they start asking pointed questions about what exactly happens to Peruvian Guinea pigs - and who is financing them.