walk (wôk) v. & n. walked, walk·ing, walks:
an unhurried rate of movement on foot in order to engage with communities
micro-credit (mik-ro cred-it) : a loan that empowers individuals in order to participate in their community (see About Kiva page)
walk of life: the position within society that someone holds or the part of society to which they belong as a result of their job or social status
I came across Kiva (About Kiva) in my social entrepreneurship class at Metropolitan State College of Denver in the fall of 2007. Kiva empowers individuals to lend ($25 or more) to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending. Micro-finance is fundamentally designed to empower people. There are two sides affected by this investment: One, borrowers in Central America (for example) will own the appropriate tools to start their farm, food market, and/or jewelry store in hopes of sustaining income for their families. Two, lenders (you and me) are involved in their investment/s through Kiva’s active online lending community, borrower updates, and ‘high percentage’ re-payments. The loan re-payment is a crucial step in communicating to borrowers that they have what it takes to be successful. Additionally, these funds can easily be used towards new entrepreneur/s and/or withdrawn back into the lender’s personal account. I have no doubt that micro-finance is a significant first-step in helping low-income communities build contributing members who are confident, strong and capable.
Since living in Ireland (2005-2006), visiting Honduras in 2007, and swapping life stories with many ‘travelers’, I have craved an adventure that would challenge my daily activities, expectations, and priorities. The speed and growth of our commodity driven and over-communicated culture feeds a personal call to engage in quieter, slower, and more intentional experiences with less.
When you go outside – away from the noise – you can hear it. That is this walk.
-It is the joy in meeting a new person
-It is the thrill of new communities.
-It is the anticipation for moments that will challenge my mind, body, and heart.
I am so excited to collect and document the many words, videos, and pictures on various “Walks of Life” that blossom in this bold and diverse country.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.’ II Corinthians 5:7” – Jesus Christ