Thursday, January 12, 2012

Giving liberates the soul of the giver

I have found that among its other benefits,
giving liberates the soul of the giver.
-Maya Angelou

I saw this quote today on a blog post, The Most Important “Law” of Social Media from Eric Harr on Social Media Today
Finding this was serendipitous as today my profile was published on the Genealogists for Families Blog.
Members of Genealogists for Families through Kiva, a non-profit organisation working with microfinance institutions, make $25 loans that enable borrowers without access to traditional banks to expand their businesses, support their families, save for the future and raise themselves out of poverty. When the loan is repaid we can withdraw the money or lend it again. If we repeatedly lend the same $25, that small sum makes a big difference to many lives.
Reaching out and helping families in other lands helps others but also gives me a warm inner glow.  I have the power to make a difference to a strangers life, exercising that power is a rewarding experience.

1 comment:

Judy Webster said...

I agree! Lending (and repeatedly lending that same money as it is paid back) gives me a great deal of pleasure. Being able to choose who to lend it to, and for what purpose, makes it even better. It is so interesting to see photographs of the borrowers and read about their lives and their families. Thanks, Jill, for supporting Kiva and the Genealogists for Families project.


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