Give a helping hand

There have been many stories about the high percentage of donations that are siphoned off to pay the expenses of well known charities.

There have been many stories about the significant percentage of donations that are siphoned off to pay the often exorbitant salaries and expenses of well known charities.

My wife and I have been donating through Kiva (kiva.org) for a number of years. Aside from the fact that there is little, if any, siphoning involved, this is not a charity. It’s micro financing, helping small entrepreneurs in many different countries. We can read about all potential borrowers and choose who we feel is the most deserving, then loan as little as $25 to them, along with other lenders, through Kiva.

The borrower repays the loan back into our account and we can re-loan it to someone else. Not only is our money going directly to the recipient, it instills pride and independence in them by giving them a helping hand rather than a handout. The process is simple and the rewards substantial.

John SeelandNanoose Bay

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