A few weeks ago was the second anniversary of my mother in law, Kiteweather’s passing. In many ways, her generosity is at the roots of this project that Daegan and I are taking on. In addition to the great generosity she shared with us as I talked about here before, she used most of what she earned to support several children through Plan International. A few years before she died, she started to sell the crocheted rugs she would make at a store in town. The bulk of the money she made that way she used to make microloans at Kiva. Even though she’s been gone for over two years now, the money she made on her rugs keeps helping people around the world. Every time a loan gets paid back we redirect it back to someone else. Every time I think about it I smile knowing how happy she would be to know that.
So for this Coordinated Kindness, I’d like people to visit Kiva if you can and help one of your neighbours who may just happen to live on the other side of the world. And if money’s a bit tight, thanks to Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn, you don’t even need money to do it – just visit http://www.kiva.org/free. Once the loan has been made, make your pledge either by “attending” the Facebook event, or by making your pledge on this site.