A Family Collection

A few years ago, each member of our family – including two grown sons and one daughter in high school – contributed a certain dollar amount towards a Christmastime collection.  We then donated the money to five different businesses through KIVA (http://www.kiva.org/), a person-to-person micro-lending organization. We helped provide loans to a shoe store start-up in Mexico, an ice cream sales lady in Columbia, a convenience store in the Ukraine, and more.

We get regular emails as the loans are repaid, and we have been able to add to the account and reinvest in other businesses.

Doing this as a family is fun and puts us in the right spirit of the holiday.

Contributed by Steve Fine and family

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