Microfinance

 Aid, Development, Social Causes  Comments Off on Microfinance
Dec 082011
 

Microfinance is an innovative type of charity allowing effective improvement in the lives of many needy people in some of the most destitute areas of the world.

One way to get involved in the concept is through The International Alliance for Women (TIAW). TIAW is an umbrella network of women’s organizations designed to support the economic interests of women around the world. Microlending is used to provide small loans to poor entrepreneurs – if appropriate for TIAW since most microloans are for women. They are denied access to sources of credit that men have access to.
With the loans, women are not only able to add new items to sell but be able to collectively buy in bulk from wholesale distributors, saving time and money.

A typical microlending arrangement is a village bank. Through this, a small group of women are given individual loans. They are then jointly responsible for repayment. The repayment rate has been 95%, making microfinance a successful form of development aid. Microfinance allows the funds to go directly to the hands of needy entrepreneurs rather than bureaucrats, increasing its effectiveness and power.

Source: The Denver Post

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Aid Pakistan

 Pakistan, Social Causes  Comments Off on Aid Pakistan
Aug 272010
 

Pakistan is in need of our assistance – financial and non-financial. Having financially donated to the UN, I am now trying to help non-financially through projects to raise awareness and prompt more aid. These include:

1. A national level PR campaign involving celebrities to promote this cause
2. Fund Raising both at the corporate and individual level
3. Informational Portal (website and content)
4. One Day summit organization

If you are interested in donating your time towards these projects or in any capacity, contact me.

“Going by the numbers of people affected, the disaster is worse than the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake combined, the U.N. says. But international aid for those disasters came at a more rapid pace, aid experts say.”

Let’s do our part to make a difference.

Source: Associated Press

More information:

UN Chief’s heart wrenching appeal for Pakistan flood victims


Pakistan floods fail to spark strong global aid

Death toll rises from Pakistan flooding

Pictures : Severe Flooding in Pakistan

CNN : Pakistan Flooding

Rebuilding after Pakistan floods could reach $15 billion

Please contact the following relief organizations, for information on how you can help:

American Red Cross

800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767)

Care

800-422-7385

Department of State’s Pakistan Relief Fund

Text the word FLOOD to 27722 to donate $10

Doctors Without Borders
(Médecins Sans Frontiéres)
888-392-0392

Global Fund for Women

415.248.4800

Islamic Relief USA

888-479-4968

Mercy Corps
888-256-1900

Oxfam America
800-77-OXFAM (800-776-9326)
617-482-1211

Save the Children

800-728-3843

UNICEF
1.800.FOR.KIDS (1.800.367.5437)

UNHRC- The UN Refugee Agency
Text “SWAT” to 50555 to donate $10

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Apr 272010
 

I spent several hours last night reading my current novel, “Secret Daughter” by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, which I finished. It was compelling and easy to read, making the time fly by. I was intrigued and wanted to find out more. I kept wondering what was going to happen next. Some parts were difficult to read, particularly the specific references to incidents at the slum community called “Dharavi” in Mumbai.

It was also difficult to read the beginning reference to female infanticide and later blatant promotion in a village of gender selection ultrasounds. The references were made more difficult as a new mother to a daughter. I pushed through the challenging and moving descriptions to discover a story about family connections, love, overcoming obstacles, and hope.

Gowda’s debut novel is impressive in its descriptions, imagery, and character development. You begin to feel you personally know the characters, sympathize with them, and rejoice with them. The novel made difficult and endearing statements about South Asian culture.

Above all, “Secret Daughter” is about the love and connection between a mother and her daughter, making it a perfect novel to read in commemoration of Mother’s Day.

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Is India Helping Haiti?

 Social Causes  Comments Off on Is India Helping Haiti?
Jan 192010
 

It’s been heart-warming hearing of so many different countries reaching out to Haiti and arriving there, including China. I noticed there was no mention of India.

It would be sad if India has not sent help, particularly with its own history of earthquakes. I remember a tremor as a child there, while in school, sitting on the floor, and seeing the teacher’s desk go from one side of the room to another.

If India wants to be seen as a more developed country, it must be present at such situations, showing it can be a force to help.

Although we have contributed to The Red Cross, I feel helpless not being able to do more.


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