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These goals can be life-changing! by Eloise L.

Posted on November 22, 2019 at 11:25 AM

In our Social Entrepreneurial class, we learned about the UN global goals - and how they relate to our KIVA microloans. There are 17 global goals - each goal has meaning and importance. To people like us, these goals might just seem to be small and unimportant words, but to people who are struggling and working very hard just to support their family, these goals can be life-changing. If we can teach more people around the world about these global goals and how we can help, we can achieve these goals by 2030. If you focus on one goal at a time it is easier to comprehend. For example, let’s focus on goal number 11, “Sustainable cities and communities”. This goal means that we need to build sustainable cities and reduce the waste to create a safe environment for living.


During our Kiva Market, my group sold candy and candy grams and we used sustainable paper bags - an intentional choice to reduce plastic waste and support the U. N. Sustainability Global Goals. We also made a deal that if our customers brought their own containers in they would receive a 50¢ discount - to encourage re-use and recycling. We also purchased huge bags of candy in bulk to reduce the waste from individual wrappers.


While thinking about all we learned about Kiva, microfinance and the U. N. Global Goals, I realize that we take a lot of things for granted. For example, we take going to school for granted. Some kids fake sick to skip school. Some kids in other countries wish they could be able to go to school. Kids in underserved countries live in poverty and often don’t have enough money to go to school. About 15 million children grow up in poverty. Children that grow up in poverty also lack the nutrients they need and have a higher risk of getting sick.


When I choose borrowers on Kiva.org, I look for loans that people need to help them with medical expenses - maybe they need money for surgery or special medicine or medical equipment. I do this because I believe that people’s health are very important and everyone deserves the opportunity to be healthy.



For more information, check out:

www.kiva.org

www.globalgoals.org


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20 Comments

Reply Claire L
1:46 PM on January 10, 2020 
I agree with Eloise's blog post, if we don't pursue these goals by 2030 we won't have enough for everyone, for example lots of kids live in poverty like Eloise said, and we have way more than we need. If we work to reach these global goals we could make the world better. Thank you Eloise for help me learn about the global goals of the United Nations and Kiva!
Reply Sami M.
1:24 PM on January 10, 2020 
I agree with Eloise that if we can teach more people around the world about these global goals we can reach these goals by 2030. I also think it is important to tell more people about Kiva. This will affect Kiva Borrowers by getting more loans for their businesses. I also like how they encouraged people to use containers for candy grams by having a discount if they brought in reusable containers, and used paper instead of plastic bags. I liked this because they were trying to reduce waste.
Reply Yaya M.
9:00 AM on January 8, 2020 
I like how Eloise said: "Some kids in other countries wish they could be able to go to school. Kids in underserved countries live in poverty and often don't have enough money to go to school" If kids skip school, they lose money and education. Some kids can't even go to school because they live in poverty and since they live in poverty they could get really sick because they don't have enough money to get better. Children who are able to go to school should be grateful.
Reply Jillian M.
9:00 AM on January 8, 2020 
Weezie, I totally agree with you, the Global Goals do seem just like words but if we spread awareness it could definitely make a huge difference in the world. We would make the water cleaner, help stop climate change. The sustainable paper bags were a great idea to use materials that can be disintegrated. Bringing your own container was also a great idea to reuse, and not to be thrown out in the trash.
Reply Imogen L.
8:37 AM on January 8, 2020 
I agree with you on the fact that we should focus on one goal at a time, it will make it feel easier to complete and less like this huge task. I also really agree with your quote. "I realize that we take a lot of things for granted" This really made me think about all the advantages that I was lucky enough to have. It made me think about how I often don't want to go to school, but I never think about how lucky I am to have the ability to go to school.
Reply Mira P
8:32 AM on January 8, 2020 
I really like the goals that Eloise chose to focus on: Sustainable Cities and Communities and Good Health and Well-being. I thought that she described very well how she took action by using paper bags instead of plastic. I agree with her blog post because I also think that it is very important to get good health and to learn how to recycle and use more sustainable energies. I made a connection to this post because I also think that it's important for all children to go to school, and I feel that every child deserves a strong education and an opportunity to learn.
Reply Jahi
1:04 PM on January 6, 2020 
Eloise, I completely agree. I see kids fake being sick and not listen to the teacher. It makes me sick to think that some kids don't get an education but then other kids do go to school but don't want to. What you wrote about poverty, and that is true. I've seen poverty and I've seen how many people are affected by it. You talked about how you used reusable bags for your Kiva Market candy sale. I think that is an amazing idea. In the ocean there is a trash island as big as Texas. That is crazy to think about. I agree with everything you talked about. I liked your post.
Reply Will P
11:25 AM on January 6, 2020 
In Eloise's blog post, she stated that people are struggling and working very hard just to support their family, those 17 goals can be life-changing. She Also talked about the Sustainable Cities and Communities goal. Her group sold candy and candy grams and she used sustainable paper bags. She also made a deal that if her customers brought their own containers in they would receive a 50¢ discount - to encourage re-use and recycling.
Reply Edon C.
11:20 AM on January 6, 2020 
This blog post made me think we waste plastic and we need to start using reusable things, including bags and water bottles. I agree with this because this is better for the environment. It made me think that if we all re-use it will help the environment a lot. Some people may not pay attention to the environment but if we work hard enough then we could help the environment a lot by 2030.
Reply Alex K
11:12 AM on January 6, 2020 
I like how you loan to people who need stuff like health care so that they can help support their family. I also noticed how you empowered the point of doing one goal at a time. I liked that you pointed out the fact that we take school for granted by faking being sick to skip it when others can't even afford to go or are just too far away to go to school. I also noticed that the things we take for granted are some things that other kids in poorer countries can't get. If we work on our world's economy we could have a better educated, healthy and peaceful world.
Reply Charlton M.
11:07 AM on January 6, 2020 
In Eloise's post, she talked about the UN global goals. But she talked about one in particular, number 11 out of 30, Sustainable Cities and Communities. She said that this goal is where we help reduce waste for our environment which I agree that it is important. Some things that she did were for their Kiva market, her group sold candy in paper bags to reduce plastic. I thought this was a great idea and it may help inspire people in further classes to help reduce plastic.
Reply Luki
11:06 AM on January 6, 2020 
Eloise, when I read your post, I thought it was very well written. If I were somebody who never heard of Kiva before, you gave me a good idea on what Kiva is and how it works. I do have a question on what country most of these loans are going to? It got me thinking how you mentioned kids in the US not wanting to go to school when many kids around the globe aren't able to attend school. Another thing that stuck out is when you mentioned that your Kiva Market group sold candy and candy grams which reminded me out what we sold last year. You did a good job!
Reply Tristan F.
10:51 AM on January 6, 2020 
Something that you said that really has great and important meaning is that the Global Goals just look like unimportant words to people like us, but to people who are really struggling, these words mean the WORLD. I also agree that we do need to find out a way to reduce levels of waste if we want no pollution and other bad things that could happen. Itâ??s also very smart how you used sustainable bags in your Kiva Market. I thought its was actually pretty funny that if your customers brought a plastic container, they would get a discount. Overall, your post was a very good blog post!
Reply Jake Keaser
10:51 AM on January 6, 2020 
Eloise, I agree with your blog post because any goal can be life-changing. For example, If we can teach more people around the world about these global goals and how we can help, we can achieve these goals by 2030. If you focus on one goal at a time, it is easier to comprehend. One thing that stuck out to me was I realize that we take a lot of things for granted. For example, we take going to school for granted. Some kids fake sick to skip school. Some kids in other countries wish they could be able to go to school. Kids in underserved countries live in poverty and often donâ??t have enough money to go to school.
Reply Reed K
10:50 AM on January 6, 2020 
Elouise , I do agree with what you wrote in your blog. I did realize that sometimes we do take school for granted because other countries don't have the ability to go to one. I also think we take other things for granted like littering just because we know someone will pick it up. We need to take responsibility. Itâ??s just not fair to countries with more trash or littering, like in India, or places in Africa with more poverty. I do agree with goal #11, Sustainable cities and communities because some communities or countries, maybe countries in South America might be having economical problems, or things that are even worse: Corrupt government, unhealthy/polluted water and not enough medicine for everyone to be healthy and safe.
Reply Robbie.M
12:04 PM on December 19, 2019 
I like how you said that it might seem like small goals but they can be life changing. I agree with you that we should focus on Sustainable cities and communities first to help our community become free of trash. I think it was a good idea that you gave a discount if they bring in their own containers for your Kiva Market candy sale. Like you said, some kids take school for granted but they shouldn't because kids in other countries wish they could go to school.
Reply Alec G.
11:58 AM on December 19, 2019 
This post is fantastic. You give examples of things we wouldn't think about normally and makes good connections to things. One thing you did that I really liked is that you used an example from the Kiva market explaining that you used paper bags instead of plastic ones, and if someone brought their own container they would get $0.50 off. You also told us what your main priority is when it comes to loaning, which really gave me a good perspective about loaning and the global goals. In one section, you mentioned that we take things for granted, like going to school. This is a really important thought that we should all think about next time we're complaining about things. You also gave your ideas on how we could help achieve the global goals, and is showing that you do actually want to help. All in all, you did an amazing job on this blog post.
Reply Stewart G.
11:57 AM on December 19, 2019 
From your blog post, I learned that 15 million kids grow up in poverty, and are prone to becoming sick. For your Kiva Market candy sale, it was a good idea to give a 50 cent discount to people who brought in their own containers, because it promoted recycling. Your post made me think about how people don't want to go to school, and many kids living in poverty would love to go to school. This shows that many people take advantage of things like school and food while many people would love to have the ability to go to school.
Reply Chase Z
11:43 AM on December 19, 2019 
Eloise I agree with your blog post because you are talking about how if we take each goal one by one starting with Sustainable cities and communities we will have a safe and healthy environment. This person really wants to reduce the waste to create a safe environment for living. I think one way we could achieve this goal is to gather people from our community together, and pick up trash and waste to make our environment safe. This made me want to take action and help keep our environment clean,healthy, and safe.
Reply Ella G.
8:49 AM on December 19, 2019 
I agree with Eloise because she talked about how some kids fake being sick so they don't have to go to school when others don't even have the opportunity to go to school. This made me think about how we can take the little things for granted. She told us about how some kids live in poverty and don't have enough money for school and how kids in poverty can't sometimes get the nutrients they need and have a bigger risk of getting sick. This made me think about how we have so much in the United States and other countries have way less than us. It is important that kids all around the world go to school so that they can get a good job and make enough money to sustain themselves.