Less Stuff Next Christmas

I have decided to make an earnest attempt to buy less mass produced, battery operated stuff next year for Christmas presents.  One thing I might give is chickens, cows, goats or buffaloes–through charitable organizations to poor families around the world, in the name of one of my loved ones.

I am also going to try to buy hand-made local craft items.  And I may try to make some gifts of my own.

I’ll tell you in twelve months how successful the plan turns out to be.

Kiva Loan Repaid

From the reader who earlier recommended Kiva:

“exciting stuff! My christmas loan is being paid back already.”

Here is the letter from Kiva:

Dear [Kiva Sponser],

The business you have loaned to, trade of vegetables run by Hayom
Ayomov, has made a repayment of $91.00. The total amount repaid is now
$364.00. This repayment will be divided amongst all the lenders who
helped to fund this business, depending upon the percentage each lender

Best wishes,

Kiva Staff

Kiva gives microloans to small entrepeneurs. For more information, click here. To see the Faith Matters prior post on Kiva, click here.