11.02.2008

getting a little action

It was blog action day 10-15-08 and I forgot to post this. This years topic was poverty.
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Last week Dave and i got an update newsletter from Mercy Corp, a charity we love, and in the envelope was a small wool felt big horned sheep and a story on the woman who made it.

She was given a microfinance loan from Mercy Corp and started her own business making and selling traditional hand crafts. She was in total poverty and the loan she was given made it possible that her son was able to go to school growing up rather than having to help support the family, and he is now getting ready to start attending a medical school. She employs a few other women, doesn't not need financial assistance any longer, is not in poverty, is helping others make their way out of poverty, and this was all because of a small loan.

I feel the whole micro loan movement is an amazing way to fight poverty. Showing people they have the the tools and the strength to make their life different and are not some lower form of human that can't do anything for them selves. Just giving that little bit of belief in someone and the small amount of help in starting them on their way. Helping, not condescending or playing the savior/hero. It's something that really appeals to me. Mercy corp does so many other great things too. check them out. :)

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