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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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Reply stella w
1:53 PM on January 10, 2020 
I like Samantha's blog post because I also think that we need to complete the environment based on global goals. Samantha mentioned that especially due to climate change and unsustainable practices but Samantha would also like to work on the goals that help people and their communities because she thinks that there are not enough people in the world doing that right now. I thought that was a powerful thing to say because most people want to help one specific person and their needs, but Samantha would like to help more than one person and help a whole community and their needs. What Samantha said makes me want to help more people around the world.
Reply Zauri .J
8:30 AM on January 8, 2020 
I agree with Samantha, that not as many people look at the human Global Goals and more at the environmental Global Goals. This really made me think about how many places are always talking about recycling and environmental health and that's good, but we should also think about the human rights and poverty aspect of it. I like how Kiva is an organization that zooms in on the human health part of the Global Goals, helping people start businesses and pay for shelter.
Reply Alex K
11:15 AM on January 6, 2020 
You pointed out that the UN (United Nations) is a group of leaders who try to make the world more secure, more peaceful and better human rights/equality, and I think it was wise to point that out so others know a little more about what they are and what they try to accomplish. You pointed out that we need to work on the environmental goals first and I agree! You pointed out that if we give some money, we can kick start their business and help out the family pay for school and other things for their kids and family. You pointed out that we should also do the health and well being goals as well as the environmental goals first and it makes sense. If we do those goals than there will be fewer goals to complete and the world of Earth and humanity will be a better place!!