I read an article on Global Citizen website listing the 10 hungriest nations and I picked from that list since they seem the most in need. Many of the countries didn't have anyone asking for a loan and Zambia only had one, so I lent him $25 for a rent-to-own generator to power his store.
$25 to help a family get access to a washroom. Currently bathing in the river.
Just read this article by A.J. Jacobs on giving effectively, it actually wasn't too helpful. I love his books, but his article, like most articles, didn't provide an answer. He did highlight some good resources though. There are groups that look into how to get the most out of your donation dollar, and this pursuit is called Effective Altruism (EA). Apparently some people really don't like these groups for various reasons. I can sympathize with both sides of the argument but I think the ones against Effective Altruism are the ones that are losing out. The Effective Altruism groups are a great resource trying to do good, the most good possible with the resources provided. The debate it really over the scoring criteria. I think the people against these groups need to embrace these groups and work with them on the scoring criteria. Possibly leave the weighting of the criteria to the person searching for a charity and simply provide a database of criteria and their ratings.
Here are some of the groups he mentions:
Herer's the article:
This holiday season when you receive electronic gifts, take a look at them closely to see if they have this symbol on it. These are the items you aren't supposed to put in yout normal land fill, but most people I ask have never noticed it on items, and many don't see too conerne. If you see it on anything start up a collection bin for these items, then every spring and fall (or whenever) take it to a collection centre.
Other things to put in the bin
- compact flourescent bulbs
- batteries (put tape across the top of 9v batteries so they don't start a fire)
- anything metal (metal drop off can sometimes be profitable, but it's not usually worth the effort unless you're selling copper these days).
I was talkig to my friend about Nestle and how they have admitted to slavery in their supply chain and he was amazed that slavery was still a thing. Apparently it is still a thing, and there are more slaves than ever and they are valued less than ever.
Above is a link to 10 Shocking Fact About Slavery and below is a link to powerful photos of slavery with relevant TED talks on the subject.
In the conversation I was asking my friend, 'what would a company have to do for you to boycott them?', and he said, well he could get behind a boycott on slavery.
If you're like him start by looking for and buying Fair Trade chocolates and coffee. Then look into this topic a bit more, ask companys you like if their products are fair trade, and tell them you won't be buying it until they are, and ... tell your friends, slavery is still a thing! And it's going to continue to be a thing as long as we keep buying the products they make.
Sticking with solar lights I thought I'd lend some money to a person trying to start up a pay-as-you go service for solar power systems in rural Panama.
Helping out a farmer in Kenya to get some materials and a solar light.
It still blows me away that so many people don't have access to light at night. I just can't believe how much I take for granted. Canada just declared high speed internet a basic service and committed $750 million to ensure everyone in the country can get 50 mbps download speeds, and this person I just lent $25 is super excited to get a solar powred light. Something is not right.
I had a previous site similar to this but it was all based on a google doc. One big google doc of things to do.
or go right to the doc
Check it out while I'm busy working on some videos for this new site.
(note: there are two sheets)
Amal in Egypt is looking for some money to help stock her store.
This recent TED talk 'What I Learned From 100 Days of Rejection' seemed like one of the most impactful and useful. I feel like his fear of rejection is quite common and what he's learned and shared could really turn people's lives around.
Check it out!!
Zafar in Tajikistan needs some money to pay for an operation his son needs.
I found a 9 month loan to help a school buy a filtration device to clean their water so they don't have to spend money on wood to boil it. This seems like a win-win-win!
Tonight I clicked on disaster recovery and helped Shereen with a loan to pay rent while she and family try to rebuild their home.
As I was parking my car at work this morning I was about to turn off the radio then on came people in Aleppo describing what was happening there today. You could hear the bombs in the background as they were talking about the cease fire that never happened. And you could only imagine how terrifying it would be to be there. Thinking today is the day you can get out, only to realize it's one of the most dangerous days yet seems extra cruel. The news anchor didn't know what to say, the person in Aleppo almost seemed like they were trying to console the news anchor. It was crazy.
I didn't spend much time working on this site today. I spent a lot of time thinking about and reading about Aleppo.
In keeping with the theme of this site here is an article a friend of mine shared on facebook.
7 real things you can do right now about the catastrophe in Aleppo
Another loan in Palestine tonight. Lina is looking to fix up her house and I don't know if she's going to get fully funded but I thought I'd see if I could help.
I looked at a few more of the people from the US looking for loans and none of them are paying interest, but every other loan in every other country seems subject to interest. What am I missing here?
Tonight I focused on adding a few things to a new page called 'Stuff to Buy'. My goal with this page is to show you companies that you can buy things you'd be buying anyways and be making a difference.
I'm still trying to figure out the best format for this site. I want it to be a resource people can simply type in an issue and get a list of things to do returned to them. Similar to how kijiji works, you type in what you're looking for and you get a list of options. Right now I have some pages for the categories, I was thinking I'd have one per global issue, but there will be so much overlap that doing it this way seems too labout intense. And from a users perspective there's no easy way to see one big list. You'll be subject to reading randomly sorted lists.
One idea is to link to a shared Google spreadsheet, and have one tab per issue, but that would still have the problem of not having a master list. If you have any suggestions let me know.
Tonight I lent $25 to Jane in Kenya for her farm. I was reading about a guy in the US looking for money for his farm too, but I don't know about lending to the US. This guy is trying to start farms for veterans which seems like a great cause, but I feel like he could get a loan from a normal bank. And I noticed he's not going to be charged interest. I can't decide.
I was reading in Happy Money that charities which provide the option for people to buy gifts rather than simply donate tend to bring in less when they do this because the profit margin is pretty low and people don't tend to donate in addition to buying. However, some companies are set up so selling products is their main business model. Check out the two below that I like, and let me know if you have any you like.
Combat Flip Flops - https://www.combatflipflops.com/
Empowering the mindful consumer to manufacture peace through trade
Dude. be nice - https://www.dudebenice.com/
This seems like a nice company, putting the spotlight on nice. Check them out :)
$25 to Anecita in the Phillipines. She only had $50 to go, I think she'll get it all.
If a loan doesn't get filled the lenders get their money back, I can't decide if it's better to go with people close to their goal or help out those with a long way to go.