Robert at Pureland Mountain brought this group to my attention. If you know me personally, you know that I've been going through a "crisis of career" and have been struggling to find a fulfulling occupation that pays enough to keep ME off of welfare, all the while working a drone job, making money for "the man." So, to sublimate, I've been donating what I can to girls and women around the world, trying to give them a tiny boost. What's special about Kiva is that your money is a loan, not a donation, so when it is paid back you can reinvest it. Just a small contribution can make a difference in many lives over time.
Melvis' story appeals to me on many levels, the most in that she's 44 and single. We spinsters need to stick together! She got the store from her parents (like I was given a great education by mine) and now she's trying to expand on what gifts she's received from life. I think about these things a lot. Especially on my birthday.
Which is tomorrow. Tomorrow I am 38. I've moved from "mid-thirties" to "late-thirties" and I'm sure I could handle it more gracefully than I am, but so be it. As long as I can do some good, a birthday is worth having. I'm making a contribution, and I ask that if you can, you send a little something her way.
UPDATE: As of October 1st (just 2 days!) Melvis' loan has been fully funded! Thanks to everyone for helping this woman achieve her goals! What a fantastic birthday this has been. Below is another Kiva loan requester who could use your help. This link will always display a person who has an open loan request. If you've donated, check your portfolio at Kiva or this link for the status of Melvis.
A comment letting me know that you'll consider helping her or someone else at Kiva would be the best birthday greeting I could receive.