Lend to – a baker in Afghanistan, a goat herder in Uganda . . .

In support of the UN Day of Peace on 21 September the largest virtual peace summit ever created hosted a week-long teleconference of insights to create peace in your life, family, community and world. Visit the Peace Week website for more information.

Two of the 50 groundbreaking and inspiring speakers on the teleconference were Sam Daley-Harris and Alex Counts. Sam and Alex talked about the role of microfinance as a path to dignity and peace as well as their involvement in the work of RESULTS.

Alex Counts

Sam Daley-Harris the founder of RESULTS is also founder of the Microcredit Summit Campaign that surpassed its initial goal of reaching 100 million of the world’s poorest families with microloans in 2007. Alex Counts is President and CEO of Grameen Foundation, a nonprofit organisation focused on enabling the poor to escape poverty, using microfinance. Sam and Alex both spoke about the journey that led them to get involved in poverty alleviation and microfinance. Listen to them both share their stories by downloading this audio recording.

One of the most exciting parts of the discussion was about how ordinary individuals can support micro-entrepreneurs through an organisation called KIVA who have facilitated over $100 million in loans. With KIVA individuals can lend as little as $25 to a specific low-income entrepreneur across the globe. You choose who to lend to – a farmer in Peru, a restaurateur in Cambodia, a tailor in Iraq! It’s a powerful and sustainable way to empower someone to lift themselves out of poverty.

This blog post was contributed by Yoga Bowers, a member of the RESULTS London group. If you would like to submit something for the RESULTS blog, please sent it to info@results.org.uk

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