Be the Change: Make a Loan on Kiva for FREE! @kiva #hwhtw #IWD12

March 8, 2012 at 9:42 am Leave a comment

In honor of International Women’s Day, you can make a micro-loan to a woman entrepreneur on Kiva for free.  What a great way to get started as a microfinancier!

From Kiva:

Consider the Facts

Women are a significant untapped resource for creating opportunity that can change lives. And yet millions struggle to access the resources they need and deserve to jumpstart change.

The results of that lost opportunity are profound:

  • Over 1 billion people live in extreme poverty – 75% are women and girls.
  • 76 million primary school-age children are not in school – 60% are girls.
  • There are 876 million illiterate adults in the developing world – over 65% are women.
  • Women produce half the world’s food, but own only 1% of the world’s farmland.

But when you invest in her future, the story changes dramatically:

  • Research shows that when a woman contributes to her family’s income, she reinvests the majority of of her earnings to build a better future for herself and her children.
  • Every additional year of education for a girl yields a 20% increase in her future earning potential.
  • A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.

Often only a relatively small amount of money stands in the way of Kiva borrowers and their dreams. Whether it’s a Kenyan farmer who needs $500 in order to double her grain production, or a young Bolivian woman who lacks the $1,500 tuition for nursing school, Kiva lenders provide a hand up to these and countless other borrowers.

Join us and make a loan today: http://www.kiva.org/women?utm_source=jg&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=jg_Empower+Women+with+a+%2425+Free+Trial+Loan+%28271568409%29&utm_content=allisonasplin%40hotmail.com

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