Giving Back

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Hey there!

Chris here… I just came across something that immediately resonated with me and felt it was important that I share it with you.

Honestly, I’d be doing you a dis-service if I didn’t share this with you.


Well, in its simplest form The Power of Giving is one thing that I’ve always resonated with. It’s always been a good choice when I choose to give, whether its cash, time or ideas to others.

Even back when I didn’t have any money to give, I realized the importance of giving and would often give a % of my paycheck when I was a bartender & valet parker in Orlando, Florida.

If you’ve ever read the book any of the “mindset” and “abundance” books you have probably noticed a common theme where people share the importance of giving and how it has impacted their lives.

Here’s a short little Tony Robbins video about the power of giving, that I suggest you watch.

What has this led to?

Well, I came across a way of helping to give back to others even when you might not have “the big bucks” to donate yet.

Something that allows you to really make a difference in peoples lives.

This is something that I believe will make a major difference in the World, and why I decided to align myself with them.

Watch this video:

Kiva gives all of us the chance to help people help themselves by supporting their businesses $25 at a time. What is pretty amazing about this is that you aren’t just blindly donating money.

You are giving a loan. As you’re paid back, you can choose to withdraw your money or you can loan it out to more people to help other businesses.

This basically means you could take an initial $25 loan, and fund endless businesses with the same initial deposit.

The Stories & Faces Behind Our Latest Micro-Loans

Soi’s Group’s story

Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 11.51.39 AMMrs. Soi is a Thai woman who has been in the M7-MFI program for over 5 years. She is always in compliance with the regulations and policies of M7-MFI.
She is living with her husband, her son, and her daughter in the Mai Son district of the Son La Province.Her family’s main source of income is farming, and they have one hectare of land for the cultivation of coffee.
The annual income from harvesting coffee is just enough to cover the living expenses of the family and for them to save a small amount.She wants to raise ducks, but she does not have enough money to buy breeding ducks and food for them. She hopes that the loan amount will help her family invest effectively in the breeding ducks, which will help improve the family’s standard of living.Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 11.54.01 AM

In this group: Cung, Hươi, Liêm, Soi, Chiếm, Xuân, Lanh, Yến, Xiềng
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Winda’s story

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Good day lenders! Meet one of KSPPS BMI’s clients, Winda, who is 26 years old and married. She has one daughter. Winda has been selling clothes, such as pants, skirts, shirts, etc. for two years.
Her husband works very hard and has been an employee in the Tangerang District for three years. They would like to improve their living conditions and create a happy and healthy life for their kid.
Winda has asked for a loan of IDR 3,200,000 from KSPPS BMI.
This loan will be used to build a clean water sources facility at their home to improve access to water sources for their family.
Today her family has no access to a water sources in their home and must rely on the river for bathing. Her family income is insufficient to build water sources, but Winda will be able to repay the loan received.
She and her family want to live a healthy life with clean water. She is very grateful for the opportunity and wants to thank to all lenders.

Tangerang, Indonesia / Personal Housing Expenses

Cuatro Estrellitas Group

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For the members of the group “Cuatro estrellitas”, the most important thing above everything is family and for them they work hard each day to achieve their goals.Yolanda is a happy and hardworking woman who is 35 years old and married to Juan.
Together they have formed a family of three children who are in school.She decided to start raising sheep since her community is one filled with vegetation in which animals can also get food and can traverse freely over the area.
On the other hand, she is very grateful to VFMexico because she has been able to increase her production and remodel her corrals. “I thank the people who help others to be able to make their dreams a reality”, she says happily.With the new loan opportunity she will be able to buy more small sheep so that she has a greater number to breed. Her greatest desire is that her children can complete university studies so that they can provide a better life for themselves and their families.Cuatro Estrellitas Group

In this group: Yolanda, Felicitas , Zenaida, Amalia, Ma Isabel
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Jehova Jireh 2 Group’s storyScreen Shot 2016-09-03 at 11.55.36 AM

Silvana and her group, Jehova Jireh (God Provides), live in a semi-urban neighborhood in the eastern region of the Dominican Republic.
They have each decided to take out small loans in the hopes of augmenting their income and providing a better life for themselves and their families.
Silvana operates a ‘colmado’ or corner store which provides her neighbors with daily food staples including rice, beans, and oil. She is a leader in her group and is proud of the way she has seen her business grow in recent years. She dreams of being able to own her own house.Thank you for your consideration of Silvana and her group, Jehova Jireh.Jehova Jireh 2 Group

In this group: Silvana, Leticia, Sthefani, Maritza, Luxane
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Costa Rica
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Bolívar is 50 years old. He is married and currently lives with his wife and one son. He needs a loan to buy seedlings and manure, and to help with a coffee plantation he wants to start. He wants to provide the proper care to his plants in order to have a better production and better economic earnings.

He hopes that in the future he can provide a better quality of life and better economic stability to his family. He also wants to keep growing as a person and as a coffee producer.

This is the first loan he has received from Fudecosur. He had never had loans with state banks, but Fudecosur offered him a loan with better terms and a much lower interest rate.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laurie Hiller View original language description



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Quotes About The Power of Giving Back

“If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing nothing for nobody.” ~ Malcom Bane


“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” ~ Zig Ziglar


“Giving is the highest expression of potency. In the very act of giving, I experience my strength, my wealth, my power. This experience of heightened vitality and potency fills me with joy. I experience myself as overflowing, spending, alive, hence as joyous. Giving is more joyous than receiving, not because it is a deprivation, but because in the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness.” ~ Erich Fromm