I must be getting older.
It used to be that I could count on one hand the times in few years that I had trouble sleeping. Now, it only takes me six months to busy my fingers.
Doing some early morning email catch-up then, I opened a message from Kiva. They were telling me that some of my loans had been repaid to me–did I want to lend it out again.
So in the time that I usually am still sleeping, I’ve now started my day with making some small loans to two entrepreneurs: Bakhadur Agayev in Azerbaijan and Gloria Okeke in Nigeria. A look at my “portfolio” says that some of my dollars are currently loaned out to people in Cameroon, Cambodia and Nicaragua as well.
It’s actually kind of crazy when I think about it.
If you haven’t yet explored the world of micro-loans or microcredit, you may be overdue. Kiva is just one of the better known options. Explore a bit, and you might be shocked what a little bit of your hard-earned money could do for someone else’s hard-earned money.
PS: As I was finishing up my micro-loans, Emmanuelle woke up. So here’s a shot of her making her first micro-loan with Dad.
She’s like that investment-making, talking baby on TV…