Kiva portfolio to see the status of the various loans I've made. If you are not familiar with Kiva you really should check it out.
Back in 2006 I chose to put $75 into micro-credit loans in various places around the word. Since that time whenever the loans are paid back to me I reloan it to someone new. From that SAME $75 dollars I have now put $600 in assistance out to people in the following places:
Dec 2006 - Perris W. from Ongata Rongai, Kenya Supplies for embroidery business
Dec 2006 – Mamadow D. group in Nder, Senegal – to buy an irrigation pump to improve farming
Dec 2006 – Oliver N. from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – to buy supplies for Batik business
July 2007 - Sambath H from Ta Khmao district, Cambodia – to repair motor bike & buy groceries for sale
Dec 2007 – Makhmadsaid H. from J.Rasulov, Tajikistan – to buy livestock
Dec 2007 - Fuzuli G. from Beylagan, Azerbaijan –to buy sheep
Jan 2008 – Fauu M from Manono, Samoa – for iron roofing for home repair & fertilizer for farm
Jun 2008 – Victoria A. from Pucarani, Bolivia for purchasing milk cows
Jun 2008 – Shamin Noor M. from Arifwala, Pakistan, to buy masonry tools & expand fruit stand
Mar 2009 – Wofunaria from Zana, Uganda to buy food for chickens to raise eggs for sale
Mar 2009 - Dounyu Grou from Wome, Togo to enlarge cabbage production
April 2009 – Rihana Grom from Kot Radha Kishan, Pakistan – Rickshaw / buffalo for milk/ other
May 2009 – Barrio Lido Group from Bolivia – carpentry & brick laying tools
Oct 2009 – Nurbubu S. Group from Balykchi, Kyrgyzstan to buy winter fodder for cattle
Sep 2009 – Hoang Tia Group from Dong Anh- Ha Noi, Viet Nam to expand recycling business / etc
Jan 2010 – Yeradon Group from Segou, Mali to busy food supplies for business
Mar 2010 – Thiem Thi from Dong Anh- Ha Noi, Viet Nam to buy piglets and improve piggery
Apr 2010 – Qoyllority group from Muñapata, Peru to buy sheep
Jun 2010 – Nueval Semilla group from La Paz / El Alto, Bolivia to buy supplies for sewing business
Aug 2010 – Turdubiubiu group from Karabalta, Kyrgyzstan to buy cattle and chickens
Nov 2010 – Musruf C. from Sabirabad, Azerbaijan to buy sheep
Nov 2010- Mnatsakan G. from Sevan, Armenia to buy calves and fodder
May 2022 – Pao K. from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to buy cows and oxen
June 2011 – Nakisunka group from Mukono, Uganda to buy piglets
I'd say that's one investment that I'm VERY satisfied with the return I've gotten.
The stock market may have taken a major hit on our 401K's, but I still feel good knowing that from a small sacrifice on my part I have had an opportunity to make a bit of a difference in the lives of people around the world.
On my lender page I have this quote from Edward Everett Hale: “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something I can do.”
I'm truly grateful that in this small way I can make a difference all across the world.