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25 December 2009 @ 05:06 pm
Meaningful gifts  
(crossposted.... similar text)

My immediate family have finally (after nearly 50 years) determined that swapping gifts at this time of year is not necessary. I did, however, have others to shop for, and had a nice holiday (three days running, through yesterday, really) complete with wonderful Stuff going this way and that; my chosen family is turning out to be Splendid!
But someone (on facebook?) reminded me of other ways of giving (and someone else here just posted about Kiva), and here's what I chose to do: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/develop-women-jobs-in-afghanistan/

Develop women jobs in Afghanistan - GlobalGiving
Women learn to weave beautiful carpets, preserving their ancient Persian
traditions. Carpet sales earn women income to support themselves and their

I only forked over $50 this time, but hope to do more in the future. I've had an interest in learning more about Afghanistan for a while now; perhaps this will get me going.

GlobalGiving, in general, looks pretty good: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/24/opinion/24kristof.html?_r=1, and there's also Kiva for high-impact microloans (you get your money back, so you can do it again and again): http://www.kiva.org/

Maybe I should think about that for my birthday.
michaelsylvanmichaelsylvan on December 28th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
Wonderful causes and a more sane view on giving. Thought we could be friends "here" as a way to get to know each other a bit. Michael
betonicabetonica on December 30th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Hi Michael - glad to friend you here! I look forward to learning something of who you are through your posts.
prairierabbitprairierabbit on January 4th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
I've done Kiva for a while, and I really like it because it promotes autonomy. It does make the world smaller--my most recent loan was to a Samoan woman and I learned a lot about Samoa as a result. While I wish my family would move in that direction, I don't see it happening.