Today I lent a guy in Columbia $25, it's so easy :)
You might be wondering if it's safe, so I just looked at my 7 years of stats and I've been able to relend out a few hundred dollars multiple times for a total of $900 lent out and only $0.13 is past due (in arrears)! I have lost $10.96 (~1%) in currency conversions over the 7 years, that's basically nothing. I'm amazed by these stats
If you're looking for help with a goal, let me know in the comments
Yesterday I mentioned Kiva.org which is a microfinancing site. I'm going to see how long I can do a loan a day (weekdays only). Today was a loan to someone in Lebanon.
Let me know anyone is interested in making a Kiva team so we can track our impact together.
If you have Netflix check out 'Living on One Dollar' it gives some insight into how much $25 can mean to someone.
The goal of this site is to be a resource of 'things you can do'. Not just any 'things' but if you have a goal or a cause you're concerned about you can look here for a list of things you can do.
To be the most useful I need you to send in what it is you're interested in. Either put it in the comments or send it in via the home page. Until some suggestions come in I'll help people out with their goals on Kiva.org. Today I lent $25 to a group of seamstresses in Paraguay. Kiva is amazing, you're not donating money you're just lending it to someone that really needs a small loan and they'll pay you back, then you can lend it out again. If you ever need the money back you can withdraw the money from your account once it's paid back.
Some things will be easy, some things will be counter intuitive, some things will take some dedication. Lending money on Kiva is pretty easy, if you're looking for a way to help someone trying to better their lives through hard work. But I've got one that is even easier.
Try using only one paper towel to dry your hands, that is, next time you need to use a paper towel. The trick is shake off the excess water first and fold the paper towel in half. It's amazing, you think it's not going to work, but then it does, and it really gets your hands drier than you're probably used to. Here's a video demo.
So you don't have to read through the entire blog and all of the comments to find things I'll try to use tags for these posts and I'll make pages to summarize everything. You can think of the blog as a 'what's new' section.
Eventually I hope this turns into a wiki of what you can do but for now just send me ideas you have or guest posts and I'll put them up for you.