OK, at this time of year it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the cynical, materialistic nonsense that is Christmas in the developed world. That time of year when all you want to do is stab the annoying person in the queue behind you. You know, the one bashing you with all her bags whilst loudly talking into her cellphone. The one ignoring her horrible offspring as they wreak havoc in the shop. It’s at this time of year you realise that those useless stirry stick things in Starbucks really do have a purpose. Although I’m not convinced Starbucks would condone poking queue pests in the eye with said stick thingys.

Anyhoo, just a reminder that whilst we bitch and moan about having to do Christmas shopping, and bake yet another tray of mince pies, or having to drag our sorry selves off to our other half’s Christmas party……..not everyone is that fortunate.
So in the spirit of Christmas, my humble suggestion is that your visit www.kiva.org and lend to someone in the developing world who needs a loan for their business – like raising goats, selling vegetables at market or making bricks. Each loan has a picture of the entrepreneur, a description of their business and how they plan to use the loan so you know exactly how your money is being spent – and you get updates letting you know how the entrepreneur is going. As a sewer, I always support someone who is making a living this way, who perhaps needs money for the things we take for granted, such as fabric or a machine.

The best part is, when the entrepreneur pays back their loan you get your money back. Or you can just relend it. And you can lend as little as $25. Which, lets face it, most of us spend on patterns, books, magazines or other frivolities in a month. But it can make a difference to someone trying to make their way in the world.  

It’s just a thought.