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We can kickstart their business! by Samantha C.

Posted on November 25, 2019 at 4:40 PM

This year in CEL class we learned about the United Nations Global Goals and how they relate to our Kiva microloans. The UN Global Goals are a group of 17 goals that our United Nations (where World leaders work together towards peace and security, sustainable development and human rights for everyone). The purpose of these global goals is to make the world a happier, healthier, and cleaner place for everyone.


The majority of the goals either help the environment (with goals like clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, climate action, life below water, or life on land). And, there are goals that help people and their communities (with goals like good health and well being, quality education, gender equality, decent work, economic growth, industry innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, no poverty, zero hunger, and peace justice). We watched several videos about these goals, discussed them and what we could do to make a difference We heard lots of examples of people who are working to complete these global goals. Most were trying to help the environment, by doing things like creating a new plastic using banana peels instead of fossil fuels to make plastic.


I do believe we need to complete the environment-based global goals, especially due to climate change and unsustainable practices. But I would like to work on the goals that help people and their communities because I don’t think that there are enough people doing that. I can do this by trying to treat everyone equally and getting involved in organizations that are trying to help people who are living in poverty by making sure they have good health, enough to eat, and a good education. By loaning through Kiva we are helping to achieve the global goals by, loaning to businesses who also work to complete the goals, and giving people the opportunity to not live in poverty because we can kickstart their business, helping them develop a sustainable job that earns them enough money to support themselves and their families.


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