Today is Blog Action Day 2008, and the subject being discussed on blogs all over the world is poverty. From the Blog Action Day website, here is an explanation of what they hope to do:
Today thousands of bloggers will unite to discuss a single issue – poverty. We aim to raise awareness, initiate action and to shake the web!
I’m all for raising awareness, and especially initiating people to take action, so here goes.
Today I’d like to push for something that I believe can really help people who are living in poverty. Something to help lift them out of the poverty they are living in, and give them a leg up and a way out. What is that you ask? Microloans through Kiva (or other microlending institution).
What are microloans?
Microloans, as the name suggests, are loans made in small chunks. They are generally made to entrepreneurs in developing countries so that they can buy materials and other necessities for running a business. It works something like this:
An entrepreneur in poverty goes to an organization like Kiva or Grameen Bank. They list how much money is needed to get a proposed business off the ground. Those of us in developed countries also visit the organization (usually via Web), and help finance the loan. If someone requests $1,000, but you can only spare $50, that is okay. You loan your $50 and others loan other amounts. You earn a small amount of interest on the loan, receiving money in your account as the entrepreneur makes payments.
Making these microloans can be really satisfying because not only are you making a small amount of income, but you’re also helping others to improve their lives.
My Challenge To You
My challenge to all the readers of this website today is to take action, to help fight poverty. While we may never be able to eradicate poverty completely, we can still make a difference in the lives of someone who needs our help. Make a commitment today to make a microloan, to sponsor a needy child or to volunteer at a local food shelf. You can make a difference! Remember, the Bible, and Jesus, command us to help the poor:
I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me! Matthew 25:40
What Are Others Saying?
Here are some other posts from people participating in Blog Action Day 2008. Enjoy!
- Learning to give @ getrichslowly.org
- Poverty – It’s our responsibility to help @ gatherlittlebylittle.com
- Bloggers unite against poverty @ beingfrugal.net
- Fighting Poverty @ cashmoneylife.com
- Blog Action Day – Poverty @ plonkee.com
- Reflections on Poverty @ problogger.net
- Donate to food banks @ bargaineering.com
- Causes of poverty @ freefrombroke.com
- Poverty in the US @ ptmoney.com
- Blog Action Day @ remodelingthislife.com
- 30 ways to battle poverty with technology @ skelliewag.org