A few months ago, I had a little “promotion” where I promised to give $25 to Kiva if I could get 100 fans on my Facebook page. I had just started using Twitter and the idea of social media marketing was new to me, so I thought it would be a fun exercise. It was fun, but with internet access at $5/HR on the ship I probably spent $50 to reach my goal. So that was kinda stupid – I could have given that money to Kiva rather than embark on a quest for virtual adulation.
So this time round, I’ve decided to take a more passive approach. I am pledging $25 for every new 100 fans. The page just reached 200 (woohoo!) so I’ve now made another donation.
On a side note, if you are a couchsurfer and on Kiva, you may want to consider joining the Couchsurfing lending team.
Back in the early days of Couchsurfing, many of us envisioned that Couchsurfing would evolve into a social networking site for all the awesome people in the world – ie. people who engage in random acts of kindness and are actively socially and environmentally conscious. I thought CouchSurfing would evolve into something like Causes.com.
Turns out many people who join CouchSurfing are awesome, but lots are just cheap bastards who like to travel.
So, good thing we have niche “do-good” sites like Kiva.
Wait, I had a point. If you aren’t already a member of Kiva, you should consider joining. It’s only a minimum $25 contribution, of which Kiva doesn’t even take a cut. And if you really want, you can withdraw the money when the loan is repaid. The best part is it’s not a hand out, you are simply giving someone the opportunity to be entrepreneurial. It’s kinda like Farmville only more awesome.
I’ve made today’s loan to Fatima Beisheeva from Kyrgyzstan so that she can buy a cow. Sure why not? I would have probably blown that $25 on vodka Red Bulls anyway. My preferance is to loan to women just because I’m sure it’s harder for women in less developed countries. Also if women are successful at business, I bet the men will step up, and their children will grow up to see men and women as equals. So, there’s potentially a larger positive spillover effect.
More importantly, chicks will think I’m cool.
my Kiva profile