A while back I found an organization that engaged in micro-loans to people trying to achieve their dreams. Kiva makes loans to people all over the world to help them build their businesses, plant crops and fulfill their potential. I love the idea of helping budding entrepreneurs no matter where they are, and it only took $25 to start. To date I have lent money to almost a dozen people and groups, all of which have repaid the loans and hopefully are on their way to achieving success.
I am not bragging, just telling a story about an organization that has affected me deeply. When I looked at the pictures of the people my loans helped, I was touched. It is rare that you can actually see what your money is doing. Try it, it doesn't cost you much and the small amounts of money add up to a big difference in so many people's lives.
Check it out here at Kiva.org. Your loans along with those of many other lenders add up to a major force toward self-sufficiency and and end of poverty. Let me know any stories you have after you try it. I would love to hear them.