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A Hand Up (January 16)

Your family can help combat global poverty -- and begin great discussions about world issues – by donating $25 to Kiva. The money goes toward a “microfinance” loan to small entrepreneurs in developing countries. First your family can read the stories of those seeking assistance and pick whom you will lend to. Maybe it will be a farmer in Senegal, a clothier in the Philippines or a retailer in Peru. This is an ideal opportunity to begin a discussion with your children about how to be thoughtful and informed givers -- and about our responsibility to those living in extreme poverty. Later, when your recipient repays the loan, you can choose whether to re-lend to support another worthy person. Also consider starting a Kiva family team and invite friends and family to join you.

Talk to your child:

  • What did you like about the particular person we chose to lend money to? Was it the type of business they wanted to develop? The country they lived in? Something about their family?
  • What is the difference between giving another person money to help them make a living and loaning them the money to do it?

Book to share: Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier. Ages 4 and up. An impoverished family flourishes after receiving a special four-legged gift in this uplifting picture book set in western Uganda.