And then I use a spreadsheet by the Kiva Atheist Group to check the Field Partner to see if they're not religious. I refuse to loan through religious (mostly christian) charities, because that gives the impression that religion has a monopoly on charity. As a secular humanist, I think that people are worthwhile because they're people -- not because my imaginary friend tells me to help them. One field partner even organises regular bible study sessions -- how is that going to help with fighting poverty!?
I'm sorry to say that many of the loans that I would consider, do not meet my requirement for being administered by a secular field partner.
Today, I got a message from XacBank, the field partner in Mongolia that we have loaned through a few times. They are secular and have a five-star rating. One of the loans we did was for Dolgorsuren, who invested the money into new computer equipment for her business. The loan was scheduled to be repaid in 26 months -- and she paid off her loan in four months! Clearly, the investment paid off, and I'm proud of having been able to help her. Now, this message was that she was taking out a new loan -- she wants to invest in her business to increase her earning capacity to send her two daughters through college.
Of course, I wasn't going to pass up on that one.
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