Micro Finance Institutions: Loans that change lives indeed

When $25 can change a life

In third world countries it is difficult to raise funds when you don't have all the appropriate documentation. Yet there is no less enterprising spirit there than in other more developed countries.There are epople who do not wish to live on charity, but to earn their money. They just need some capital to start off their own business ventures.

Kiva is a micro finance institution which allows individuals to actually give out small loans via the site to deserving third world business men and women. Anything from chicken rearing to tailoring can be supported by as little as the $25 that you give them. You can check out the site over here www.kiva.org

There are many of us here looking to make money for ourselves, and are from third world countries. We may not be as badly off as some of our fellow citizens, but may not have $25 to spare for such purposes. If you don't have some spare money, you can support them by merely clicking on the links here http://www.smallthingschallenge.com/


My C4 for Africa

While Kiva is global, and now even allows US Citizens to take loans, My C4 is restricted to Africa. Here is how the website describes itself:

What is MYC4?
MYC4 is an online marketplace that connects investors with African Entrepreneurs, who lack capital to grow their Businesses. In Africa, the access to capital and knowledge is scarce, but with the Internet as infrastructure, we bridge the gap between people with means and people with needs.
Through a fair and transparent bidding process, you can help one or several African Entrepreneurs carry out their dreams and lift themselves out of poverty. You determine the amount and the interest rate. Sign up now and make a difference!

Some Stories

It is difficult to imagine that a mere $25 can make so much of a difference till you realize that it actually translates into a few hundred in the local currencies of most third world countries. Here are a few stories that inspired me. May be they will inspire you to lend to them as well.

I need a loan

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jayb23 7 years ago from India

Very Informative Hub Kashmere. Infact I had written a similar hub on MFI and Grameen Bank. http://hubpages.com/hub/MicroFinance-Lessons-for-U... Keep up the good work.


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Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

Very informative. Thanks and God bless.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Helping people to help themselves is indeed the best gift! It helps them keep their honor and self esteem and does wonders for the givers. Thank you Cashmere!


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cashmere 7 years ago from India Author

Jay the link says the hub no longer exists. What happened?

Philipo, glad you found it useful.

Candie, it takes so little to make a big difference in such people's lives.


ESAHS 7 years ago

"Nice hub!"

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Dame Scribe 7 years ago from Canada

I support entrepreneurship and love them that provide the abilities to help those who want to help themselves. Great info! :)


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cashmere 7 years ago from India Author

I agree Dame Scribe. It makes one feel good to be able to help others who are less fortunate than you.


ajbarnett 6 years ago

Interesting Hub. Well informed. Good stuff. Thank you.


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shervy 6 years ago from Kigali,Rwanda

As I had posted on your fan mail, I like this article , not the information that it contains but the Idea that people are paying enough attention to micro-finance. Kiva or C4 actually work with other institutions on the ground, being a Mifo specialist in Rwanda gives us the opportunity to work with these people who are directly involved with the micro entrepreneurs and also we have had the chance to see many of these micro entrepreneurs and their success stories.


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cashmere 6 years ago from India Author

Thanks Shervy. I feel not many people are aware that they can do this. Many of us can afford to spend $25 on a charitable project, but don't know where to help.

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