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Loaning to refugees! by Marlee H.

Posted on November 25, 2019 at 5:50 PM

In CEL we learned about the U.N. Global Goals some of which are No Poverty, Zero Hunger, and Decent Work and Economic Growth. This showed me how much people around the world struggle to keep their business or family going and, soon enough, I wanted to help! I chose a woman named Lan from Vietnam to loan to on Kiva.org. Lan lives near the water, so fish is her main source of food. Lan opened a fish shop and needed more money to keep the business going and so that Lan could send her kids to school.


We take for granted that we can go to school and go to the grocery market any time when there are 1.7 billion people who can’t swipe a bank card and buy food and or even go to school! But our Kiva microloans help with this, giving people around the world opportunities to grow their businesses, pay for education and support their families!


When we Zoomed with Dominique, an intern at Kiva.org, she talked to us about a lot of things that the Kiva workers do and how they help with the borrowers. Sometimes Kiva workers will get to meet Kiva borrowers in America or other places, which shows how supportive Kiva is. Dominique also shared with us how Kiva is set up to encourage us to loan to Refugees, who have a 95% loan repayment rate. With our Kiva microloans, we can help make a difference in the world. - especially to refugees.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

www.kiva.org

www.globalgoals.org

www.refugees.kiva.org

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14 Comments

Reply Claire L
1:45 PM on January 10, 2020 
I agree with Marlee's blog post , I feel like we take lots of things for granted. As Marlee stated that we have the opportunity to go to school and go to the grocery store, so we should not take these things for granted. We should give back more so there will be more equality in the world, I think that is very important. Thank you Marlee for helping me learn about how we take things for granted that I never really realized.
Reply stella w
1:32 PM on January 10, 2020 
I like Marlee's blog post because she has made a good point by saying: We take for granted that we go to school and go to the grocery store any time we please when there are 1.7 billion people that can't swipe a bank card and buy food or even go to school??
I agree with this because she is right we do take for granted that we have to get up early in the morning and we get to say that we don't like school and wish we didn't even have to go to school when there are people who's biggest wish could be to even be in school. School is important to children that don't have any access to an education because it is important that you had an education while you are young because when you are older and are applying for jobs, the jobs look at the education you had such as if you did not go to a university because good education will get you a good job.
Reply Sami Moore
1:22 PM on January 10, 2020 
I agree with Marlee because we do take stuff for granted especially education, food, and a roof over our heads. I think it is important to understand how much we have and how little others have. I really like how Marlee explained how Kiva works and included the repayment rate for the Kiva borrowers which is 95%, I think this is important so people who make loans know where their money is going and know they will get their money back.
Reply Yaya M.
8:59 AM on January 8, 2020 
I agree with Marlee when she said: We take for granted that we can go to school and go to the grocery market any time when there are 1.7 billion people who can't swipe a bank card and buy food and or even go to school. I think that the Kiva microloans will help because it gives people all around the world a chance to improve their businesses and support their families. I think that loaning to refugees is important because they have been forced to leave their country and all of their stuff might still be there so they need a loan to help them start a new business or if they have kids, help them get an education. I like how she talked about some of the U.N Global Goals and how she wanted to help so soon.
Reply Jillian M.
8:58 AM on January 8, 2020 
Marlee, I thought it was important how you said that some people don't have a credit card, buy food or even go to school. This was important to me because I knew that there were less fortunate people in the world but I didn't know that 1.7 billion people didn't have what we have. I agree with how you said we can make a difference in the world. We can make a difference by lending to a Kiva borrower. But we can also help the world by keeping the water clean. We can keep the water clean by picking up the trash on the beach so it won't wash up into the ocean.
Reply Charlotte T
8:46 AM on January 8, 2020 
I really like Marlee's blog post because she really put into perspective how lucky we are. I think Marlee got lots of people to want to loan through Kiva. If so many people need to send their kids to school and can't, it is our responsibility to help them. We can do this by following the global goal steps. The global goals have this in mind and want to help. The global goals have set up many things to help and one is education. One way we can help with education is by loaning to borrowers who need money for education for themselves or their families on Kiva. We must do anything we can to support Kiva and global goals.
Reply Edon C.
11:19 AM on January 6, 2020 
This blog post made me think that we take things for granted like going to school or a supermarket when many kids can't even buy food or go to school. This also made me think that so many people are struggling with starting a business and even struggling to take care of their family. I like that Kiva gives opportunities to people in poverty to grow their business.
Reply Jake Keaser
10:50 AM on January 6, 2020 
Marlee I agree with this blog because you talk about how we take things for granted. For example, that we can go to school and go to the grocery market any time when there are 1.7 billion people who canâ??t swipe a bank card and buy food and or even go to school. One thing that stuck out to me was that this showed me how much people around the world struggle to keep their business or family going. Finally it made me think about how everyone in the world can contribute a very little thing - like a Kiva loan - to make a big difference to help someone in their community.
Reply Tristan F.
10:50 AM on January 6, 2020 
It really stuck with me how we take things for granted, like going to school and/or going to the grocery market, when there are BILLIONS of people who arenâ??t able to do these things. This post also got me thinking about what life would be like for these people. I also love how as soon as you heard about all of the people in the world who struggle to do certain things, you immediately wanted to help out. Overall, I think your post was fantastic!
Reply Alec G.
12:03 PM on December 19, 2019 
Marlee, I thought your blog post was really good. You talked about the Kiva loan that you did in the first paragraph and it was very good. You also gave an example of how that loan helped a global goal. You talk about more global goals that we don't realize are easy to fix. You explained how our Kiva loans can help and benefit more than just the global goals. One thing that you did that I liked is that you referenced your class call with Dominique, an intern at Kiva. I learned in this post that we should donate to refugees, and that they have a 95% repayment rate.
Reply Stewart G.
11:55 AM on December 19, 2019 
One thing that stuck out to me is the number of people that don't have access to banks. I knew not everyone has access to banks, but I didn't realize that the number was that large. Another thing that I learned was that refugees have a 95% repayment rate. I agree that loaning to refugees is good because it can help them when they are in a hard spot. I think it is cool that Kiva workers get to meet the borrowers, so they can see the spot that the borrowers are in.
Reply Chase Z
11:43 AM on December 19, 2019 
I agree with this blog because the person is talking about how some people take things for granted. I think this person really wants to help as much as possible. One thing that stuck out to me was the person she loaned to their main source of food was fish. This got me wondering how many people have a circumstance like this, and how do they handle these problems.
Reply Ella G.
8:48 AM on December 19, 2019 
I agree with Marlee because she told us that Kiva workers are very supportive and they go and visit borrowers around the world. I think this shows that Kiva really cares about their borrowers and want them to succeed. Marlee also told us how Kiva is set up to encourage us to loan to refugees, who have a 95% rate. That means that small loans from all of us could change someoneâ??s life so that one day their kids could go to school or have enough money to have clean water, healthy food, or to buy medicines that could save their lives.
Reply Tamara
9:40 AM on November 28, 2019 
What a wonderful opportunity to support Marlee. Keep it up!