Here at Chaloner Associates, we believe in business.
While most of our client companies are medium-to large-size organizations in the United States, many sprang from the creativity of a single individual or group of individuals who borrowed some money from friends or family to bring their dreams to fruition.
Kiva, a nonprofit organization founded by a college student, supports individual entrepreneurs by providing mircoloans to help people change their lives through business, or agriculture, or green technology. Kiva pools small donations from thousands of donors, and makes loans through local community development funds.
Here’s how it works: Choose a loan you’d like to fund: you can select by country, by field of interest, and by gender. Lend $25 (or more, if you wish). When your loan is repaid, reinvest that money in another Kiva loan. It’s that simple.
Once a month, a Chaloner employee chooses a Kiva loan to make on behalf of the company. We’ve made loans to people from all over the world, from Irene in Peru, Mercy in Kenya, to Mardoqueo in Honduras.
Look for a post soon about Chaloner’s support for Half The Sky, a wonderful effort by Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn to end the oppression of women and girls worldwide.
Kiva. We do it. Won’t you join us?