Genealogists for Families Birthday
‘Genealogists for Families’ project has recently had it’s first birthday, and has had many achievements in that year. Much more than I ever expected. I’m very proud to say that I have had a small part in the success of the first year. I am very passionate about this project, and will continue to encourage friends and family to be involved. Our Genealogists for Families team make micro loans to small business owners in disadvantaged areas. The cost of a loan is $25. I originally put up $100 and made 4 loans, and was interested to see how long it would take for the loans to be repaid. Surprisingly to me, the original 4 loans have all been paid back. The subsequent 3 loans were paid, using the repaid funds. So turning over the money in this way is enabling my loans to continue, but it’s not costing me a cent.
Our team which includes genealogists, families and friends now has 215 members, from many countries around the world. By re-loaning, as I described above, we have now loaned $28,500. To simplify the process our loans are made through Kiva
Today I made my seventh loan to Hellen from Kitale, Kenya:
“Hellen is a resident of Kitale in western Kenya, where she lives with her husband and one child aged 16 years. She has been in farming for seven years and runs her farm with the help of one farmhand. She currently produces tomatoes, kale and poultry for the local market. Hellen has requested a loan of 41,600 Kenyan shillings (KES) from Juhudi Kilimo, which she will use to buy and insure a dairy cow. She believes the cow will improve her farming income and help her grow the business to adequately meet the family needs. She plans to acquire better grades of dairy cows in the future. She says the high cost of production, rampant diseases and fluctuation in farming products within the local market remain the leading challenges in farming”.
Most of my loans have been to the agriculture industry in honour of my ancestors who struggled with the drought and bad luck in the early days of settlement in Victoria.
We would love to have new members join our team. You don’t need to be a genealogist. As has been proved over the past year – together we can make a difference. You can join us here
Our Motto is: We care about families (past, present and future)