More than seven billion people live on Earth. That’s seven billion hearts beating. Seven billion bodies breathing. Seven billion minds creating thoughts and ideas all over the world. Yet, so many face struggle everyday all around us. Even so, there is one thing that will never cease to be created regardless of the struggles: dreams. Dreams created from the slums of a bustling gray city, to the parched land of an isolated farm, to the refugee camps of a war-torn nation.
On Sunday (March 8th), crowdfunding platform Kiva will honor the dreams of a group of people who have been told not to dream. A group of people who have been told “they can’t” more times than they have been told “they can.” A group who has faced abuse for being born the way they are. A group of people commodified and enslaved. A group who brings life into this world, but who are often powerless over their own. We honor women.
To celebrate International Women’s Day – and the days that follow – Kiva has launched Back A Dream to spotlight the power of women because it’s their dreams that make our world better. By visiting the project, donors can back a dream by choosing a woman whom Kiva should lend $25 to. There is no cost to them. By choosing her, they help her to follow her dream of starting or growing her business, sending her children to school, and ultimately, gaining financial independence.
When women have the resources to make their dreams a reality, the world changes. More children go to school, more food is grown, and nations are more peaceful and prosperous. A case in point: if women farmers had equal access to farming assets and finance, they could increase their crop yields up to 30% and 150 million people who go hungry every day would be able to eat.
Kiva.org is one of the largest crowdfunding platform for social good with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Since 2005, Kiva and their growing global community of 1.3 million lenders have crowdfunded more than $675 millionin microloans, backing the dreams of 1.6 million people. Kiva is a nonprofit and makes no money from the loans they facilitate.
The platform stated, “By contributing to the success of an entrepreneurial woman who has overcome obstacles, we discover so much more about our own resiliency, possibility, and potential. Each of us has a part to play. Together we can make dreams a reality for thousands of women around the world. So in honor of International Women’s Day and the power of women, back a dream.”
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