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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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26 Comments

Reply Alexa E.
5:07 PM on May 11, 2020 
Eloise, I strongly agree with what youâ??re saying. Thatâ??s is why I love this blog post. I think it is a great idea to encourage people to use reusable bags. And when you said, â??Some kids fake sick to skip school,â?? I realized that I take so many things for granted. Also, that quote is just so relatable I think that every single one of us can agree.
Reply Chase H.
4:28 PM on May 11, 2020 
Eloise makes a very good point in this blog post and I completely agree with her. One of the first things that really stood out to me in this post is that about 15 million children grow up in poverty. Another thing that stood out to me was that this means that these children don't have as good of nutrients and have a higher chance of getting sick. She made the point that we take school for granted and we need to be more grateful that we have the opportunity to go to school. The blog post really made me think about all of the children that wish they could go to school but can't and it made me feel really bad for them. I think we all need to be more grateful that we get to go to school and have the opportunity to learn.
Reply Rosie
3:52 PM on May 11, 2020 
Eloise mentioned how she followed Goal 11: Sustainable Cities. She talked about how at this yearâ??s Kiva Market, her group used recyclable paper bags to put the candy in and that there was a 50¢ discount for people who brought their own containers. I think this was a genius idea because it followed what Kiva stands for by saving plastic, and was also good for business because if you see a sale you are more likely to buy a product.
Reply Colby A.
7:47 PM on May 10, 2020 
This was a really thought out comment, explaining how much we should be grateful for but we take it for granted. People usually don't consider those who are suffering because they focus on their own life, or they're not familiar with having so little that they think the some things that they have are boring, while others would love to have those things available for them. I believe you're right when you say that if we raise more awareness for people who don't have a lot, the more we want to help them. This blog really focuses on empathy for others, and how much they need our help. We can help them with loans or donations, it's not entirely hopeless for them. After I read this, I felt more aware and bad for the people in need. People deserve healthcare, food, water, and shelter. Everyone is equal, so the people in need should have the same things and rights as we do, but they don't. We are can change that, and the best way to make people help these people without much is to raise awareness.
Reply Magnolia
4:52 PM on May 6, 2020 
When I read this blog post, I absolutely loved the comparison between how we think of the global goals, and how people in poverty might think of the goals - because it is so true! To us these goals are just about doing something small that will turn into something big. But to people in poverty, these goals could change the world for them! I agree that it was a good choice to use paper bags for the Kiva market, that definitely helps with Goal 11. We also do take school for granted, which we should not! I agree with Eloise, everyone deserves to be healthy!
Reply Ariya
4:45 PM on May 6, 2020 
I loved this blog post because I believe Eloise is making a very good point. Some of these U.N Goals may seem small and unimportant to people, but to others who are trying to start a business, they are life-changing. I also like how she said that some kids fake being sick so they donâ??t have to go to school, and that we shouldnâ??t do that because many children around the world donâ??t have the privilege to go to school at all. This made me think about going to school in the morning, and this blog post taught me that I shouldnâ??t say, â??I donâ??t want to go to school,â?? in the morning, because many kids canâ??t go to school at all. This blog post made me think about loaning to people who are trying to get medicine for their children or sell it to their community because if children arenâ??t active enough when they are young, then that can lead to them being very sick.
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.