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Day 285: Give Your Money Away and Get it Back!

This is not a magic show, this is all about giving. I am going to show you a way to give your money away and get it back! All in the spirit of helping others and giving back.


When I first start 365give one of the first “gives” I completed on my 365 days of giving mission was to give a small loan through Kiva. Today I have enough money returned to me I can re-loan it and help another person. If you haven’t heard of Kiva read on – it changes people’s lives.

Day 285: Give 285

It’s Kiva day! If you haven’t heard of Kiva I hope this will inspire a great new way for you to give. They have a simple mission. Instead of making people reliant on hand outs they give them the support and money they need to get themselves out of poverty. By providing small loans that are funded by many people, Kiva borrowers have a chance to start or expand their business that will help keep a roof over their head, feed their family and get their children to school. The funds are paid back – reason I have been able to do 4 loans to date – and the giving just keep on going. Here is my Kiva loan story today.

I have a soft spot for women trying to make their life and their families lives better, so I went onto the Kiva site today and chose Alba Lorena Huete Castillo as my loan recipient . Here is her profile:

“Alba Lorena has four children in her care. With a lot of effort, this lady has managed to create her own way of earning a living. Her business is buying and selling cattle. She has had this business for more than 21 years. She is a very responsible person and is happy to talk to her customers as every day she feels blessed to have the customers that she currently has. She is requesting this loan to buy a lot of cows.”

I have a small business that I run part time and 1 child. I couldn’t imagine managing 4 children and a business that your family depends on for their lively hood. Alba’s loan is for $1125.00. I don’t have that kind of money to loan to anyone let alone a stranger but I had $25.00 on my Kiva credit that I did contribute. In no time at all with the help of many people that loan will be fully funded. Kiva has been remarkable successful over the years and it amazed me how many people they have already helped with our help – the lenders.

598,457 Kiva lenders
$227 million in loans
98.78% Repayment rate

Take look at Kiva today. It is a great way to keep giving all year round and you always get your money back to give again. Give today!

Time Commitment: 2 minutes to make my loan

Cost: $25.00 Kiva Credit no new money spent

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)