This week I am working furiously on the Earn Grow Give Movement promoting my personal finance book for women, Earn Grow Give; Simple Steps to Grow Your Money While Creating a Rich Life. I was thinking it would be nice to do an Amazon book launch. Then I suddenly awoke one morning with the thought that it would be nice to include a charitable component in the month that Americans celebrate abundance with gratitude, November.
The next thing I knew, I just had to do this book launch benefiting a charity. I had heard of kiva.org, but had not participated in their lending program, so I took a look at their website. Tears filled my eyes as I saw a woman in South America applying for a loan to buy used clothes to help her sell her homemade perfumes. I then saw that the loans were made for as little as $25…. Yes, $25!
Micro loans…sounds risky, huh? Then I saw that the repayment rate is almost 99%. If only loan repayment was that high in the U.S. I also wanted a charity that does at least some work in the U.S. Bingo again!
Then I saw a yellow lab in with the kiva staff, and that was it.
Seriously, please plan to buy my book on November 16. Along with others, I will be applying $1 out of the proceeds for each book sold toward a kiva.org loan. And maybe the lady in South America will sell more perfume, and feed her family.
Being a financial woman is not just about earning money and then growing that money. It’s about creating a rich life; and I have found that usually includes helping others in some way.