Fundraiser for the kids!

The recent market that I attended to help raise much needed funds for the Royal Childrens Hospital was a huge success. With over 2,000 people turning up to the event with a whopping $20,000 + being raised. A huge thank you to all of the organisers who made the day run smoothly to make it what it was!

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RCH Auxiliaries’ Made By Us Market 2012. Malvern Town Hall. Photo by Aliki Dimitrakopoulos, Soul Impressions Photography

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KIVA, Sharifa and the Tinga Tinga paintings….

Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the Internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

This is one of the last loans that I made through KIVA, helping other artists make a better life for themselves. I felt a connection with this group as I have a Tinga Tinga painting on my wall which I purchased in Tanzania after my last photographic safari.

Msasani Group

Sharifa and her Tinga Tinga business

Sharifa and her Tinga Tinga business

Sharifa, who is in her late twenties, is married with two children both of whom go to school. She has been running a Tinga Tinga business for two years now. She works from 8am to 8pm daily and is able to make a good monthly profit.This will be her second motisha loan. She used the previous loan to increase her Tinga Tinga requirements. She has now paid back this loan successfully. She wants a loan to buy materials for the Tinga Tinga paints. Her dream is to one day be able to own a car and to build her own house.She will share this loan with her loan group “Msasani” which has a total fifteen members, who will hold each other accountable in paying back their loans.

To help someone through KIVA, follow this link:

Photographers Helping Photographers

Meet Moses (he’s on the left with his hand raised)

Moses, Uganda - Kiva Loans

Moses, Uganda - Kiva Loans

Moses wants a loan to set up a photo studio. Moses, age 23, has been a photographer for the last three years. He is a hardworking man renting a house in Kyenjojo, Uganda. Initially he was renting a camera but he now owns one and his desire is to set up a studio since not having a base has been his major challenge in the business. He is a member of Kasongodde Twegatte group where each member guarantees the other to assess a loan.

If you would like to help Moses, follow this link;

http://www.kiva.org/lend/327573

If you would like to make another Kiva Loan, follow this link;

http://www.kiva.org/lend

Lets help Kiva alleviate poverty through lending.

Photographers Helping Photographers

Meet Josephat…

Josephat Nthei Kyengo, Kenya - Kiva Loans

Josephat Nthei Kyengo, Kenya - Kiva Loans

Josephat is a competitive and focused 37 year-old businessman. He is married and blessed with three children. Since 1997, he has been doing photography to make life more comfortable for his family. He uses income from this trade to supplement the income he gets from supplying schools with materials. In the next 5 years, he wants to have expanded his business so that he edges closer to his dream of opening up a journalism school.

He is requesting a loan of 50,000 Kenya shillings to buy a printing machine and printing papers. He is grateful to Faulu Kenya for making him financially literate.

If you would like to help Josephat, follow this link;

http://www.kiva.org/lend/319296

If you would like to make another Kiva Loan, follow this link;

http://www.kiva.org/lend

Lets help Kiva alleviate poverty through lending.

KIVA – Loans That Change Lives

I recently came across this website through a friend of mine, Paula. I saw that she had made a loan to someone on Kiva and was curious to see what it was all about!

Well am I impressed!!

Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the Internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

HOW TO USE KIVA

1) Choose a borrower

All loans on Kiva are deserving of funding. Pick the one that speaks the most to you.

2) Make a loan

Loan amounts can be as little as $25, or as high as the full loan amount. Checkout is quick and easy, made possible by PayPal.

3) Get repaid

As the borrower repays the loan, the money becomes available in your account. This is called your Kiva Credit.

4) Repeat

You can now use it to fund another loan, donate it to Kiva, or withdraw it to spend on something else.

For the most of us, we wouldn’t even miss $25 from our paycheck, but for people loaning through Kiva, it is life changing.

If you would like to make a loan through Kiva, here is the link;

http://www.kiva.org/lend

I for one will be helping to change someone’s life through Kiva. Lets all show our Robin Hood side, the Kiva way!

Sam