Blog Action Day: Poverty

Today is Blog Action Day, with an emphasis on Poverty.

My wife and I were talking last night about the incredible amount of people living in legitimate poverty.  It is hard to believe it still exists at the level it does in 2008.  It is equally hard to exist how far Americans are removed from the problem.  I recently had a local pastor tell me that in Cincinnati, if a homeless man times it right he can get 8 meals a day, 7 days a week.  

In spite of issues like recession and bailouts most Americans are still playing with a stacked deck.  We are dealing with cutbacks in our personal budgets rather than lacking the struggling to eat, find shelter, or clothing.  It really is a pitiful complaint when we gripe about high heating bills, and prices at the pump to put gas into our second car.

With so many needy recipients, and so many great organizations it is hard to know where to start if you have the notion to join in addressing the issue

One of my favorite organizations is San Francisco based Kiva.

The company is involved in micro-lending.  An idea mainstreamed by Muhammad Yunas, author of Banker to the Poor, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, and founder of Grameen Bank

Kiva combats poverty through personal entrepreneurship.

It is the proverbial teaching to fish instead of giving fish.  

To date, the comapny has loaned over 46 MILLION dollars!

Check out Kiva here

If you want to connect to a community working with Kiva go here

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