What am I doing to celebrate? Well …
I’m having a little party today over on the Libro Facebook page … including a draw to win a free Kiva loan
I’m making some loans to Kiva (see below) and donating one to someone else
I’m celebrating the relaunch of my two main business books, with their new titles and covers …
… And I’m launching my new website devoted entirely to the books I write, where people can find info, links, reviews and news in one place
Happy Birthday to me!
Quick update: the Kiva competition in now CLOSED. Alison Mead won the free loan and was sent a voucher. I started new loans to a man selling spare parts in Benin, a travelling salesman in Paraguay and a food stall in Bolivia. These were all people who friends of mine had already lent to.
Kiva is an organisation that facilitates loans to small businesses around the world, who traditionally find it hard to raise capital. You commit from $25 upwards, and you can choose by gender, country, industry sector and individuals within those areas. They then pay the loan back to you in small increments – you get an update email on repayments once a month and sometimes updates on the individual or group you’ve loaned to, if the organisation handling the loan provides them. Once the money’s paid back, you can reinvest it or withdraw it if you want to. I love helping people to help themselves in this way; it feels like I’m helping to make a difference to another small business somewhere far away from me.