A Little Goes a Long Way

One of the roadblocks we sometimes face when thinking about giving money to charitable causes is the sense that our money can’t make much of a difference. Warren Buffet’s billions could certainly make a dent in solving some of the world’s problems, we figure, but what can my measly $50 do? Quite a bit, it turns out. In recognition of that fact, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize went to Muhammad Yunus and the bank he founded for their pioneering work in microcredit.
According to a _Wall Street Journal_ story on 10/14, 30 years ago Yunus loaned $27 to some female bamboo stool weavers in Bangladesh. He believed the poor could prove just as creditworthy as those with means, and that micro lending could help the poor rise above poverty. Three decades and 6.6 million small loans later, he’s been proven right on both counts.
h3(matt). Matt’s View
p(matt). Thanks to Yunus’ work, there are now many organizations involved in microcredit. If you’re interested in supporting such work, you might consider giving to “Opportunity International”:http://www.opportunity.org. There are many other groups that are making a big difference with relatively small donations as well. For example, for the 38 million Americans who do not have enough food, just $1 enables 20 pounds of food to be delivered to hungry people via “America’s Second Harvest”:http://www.secondharvest.org, a national food bank network.
p(matt). Think you can’t afford to donate the sums needed to make a difference? Think again.

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