May 30, 2012

Kiva

I came across 366 Random Acts which is a blog about a guy who is performing acts of kindness every day this year (366 days this year!) and recording the acts of kindness on his blog to share with others. Wow. This blog is super awesome to follow because EVERY SINGLE DAY he is doing something, small or big, to make a difference in someone's life.
Here's his post on the Kiva organization which brought me to make a donation myself. Also, if you follow THIS LINK, you can receive $25 free to donate to a person or group of your choice. But why stop there? If you're able to do more, donate more, and if not,  $25 will make a difference for someone. AND, you can also share this site with others and that will be helpful as well. :) Below is the woman I donated to and her story via Kiva.
Lourdes Andrea

Lourdes is 43 years old and is a hard-working and, above-all, enthusiastic woman. She lives with her 17-year-old son who she loves very much and who is her happiness and purpose in life. She also lives with her husband who is her right hand and above all supports her in all that she undertakes to do. He works on his farm where he harvests corn. Together with Lourdes they contribute to the household expenses. Their house is located in the city of Pisco, which is characterised by beautiful beaches, and is also near the Ballestas Islands, which receive an infinite number of tourists all-year-round to see their fauna and amazing landscapes.

With a lot of hard work, and saving a lot, she works in her business selling chicken soup and other dishes on her menu. She works around 8 hours a day and receives up to 20 customers a day. She has been working in her business for 2 years. It was a bit difficult for her at first, but as the days passed it improved.

She believes her business is going well because she is very friendly with the customers and above all because she is a good cook.

Lourdes is very grateful to the Kiva lenders since thanks to their help she will be able to buy tables, chairs and a freezer. In this way she will be able to provide a better service to her customers and maintain better food supplies for the preparation of her dishes. This will improve her income and allow her to continue fighting each day to make her biggest dream come true: to give her son a good education.