Last night I watched Frontline. The first piece was on human rights abuse in Burma. Luckily, to counteract the depression they then showed a piece on a new microlending non-profit. Uganda – A Little Goes A Long Way .
The idea is to put up people’s microloan applications on the web and allow individuals to loan out small amounts to a specific person and business. It’s so simple and beautiful that I can’t believe it hasn’t been done before. It’s really exciting to see the positive ways that technology can make an impact. If I had any money I would be donating right now. The non-profit is called KIVA. Their server is overwhelmed at the moment, but you can donate money to buy a new one.