September 3, 2010

What Does Coffee have to do with it?

Every morning in the last 5 years I had a cup of latte around 10:30. It costs $2.60 a cup if I take my own environmental friendly cup. Without my own cup it's $2.80. This year the price of coffee went up to $2.90 with the cup and $3.10 without a cup. That is a 30 cents increased so with my environmental friendly attitude I decided that I would stopped going for my coffee. No, no I didn't say I would stopped having coffee, but only stopped going out for coffee. I started making my own using a plunger. It wasn't the 30 cents that worry me. I became bored with the coffee shop lately and I thought I could make a better use of that money. I decided to invest my money with KIVA, Loans that changes lives. KIVA 's mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty. I don't have to invest much; $25 - $50 is enough for each account. I will get my money back once the entrepreneurs started to make profit and repay back the loans. I can either get my money returned or re-invested with someone else. Being a stitcher I have chosen to invest in women starting up their own business with textile and clothing related small businesses.

So what does coffee have to do with it? I hope in this case coffee is leading me to support those who really need my help. I feel that by not spending $14.50 per week for coffee I can change someone's life with some of that money. If you are interested please visit KIVA to learn for yourself and become a lender like me...!


15 comments:

ria vogelzang said...

I'll visit KIVA this afternoon! Good choice you made! ;))
Always a good thing to help others!
First my potteryclass-students this morning!
A good day for you and enjoy your coffee! ;0)
Hugs!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Nat..how very thoughtful, and what a great idea for a good cause!!! I love it...Happy Coffee drinking...we'll have another next time we meet up...Dzintra♥x

Sue-Anne said...

What a fantastic idea! You're a treasure Nat!

Jacky said...

Nat, what a great idea .... I have seen a couple of programmes on TV about loans to impoverished people, to help them have a better life.

I will definately check out this site and save my coffee $$'s to for a better cause.

You're a generous spirit.

Jacky xox

Janet said...

What a wonderfully giving gesture, it's a wonderful cause, thanks for putting it out there. I like the charities that help people make a living rather than the straight hand out.

Little Lady Patchwork said...

No wonder I love your generous heart! Thanks for making a difference in the lives of the women that you are helping. You will receive your reward in more ways than you will ever know!

So honored,
Stefanie

Teresa said...

This is such a fabulous idea...I have always loved the idea of micro loans, and they typically make a HUGE difference, especially for industrious, strong women! Thank you for your lead on this and I look forward to looking into it! Talk about paying it forward...

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Mrs Quilty said...

That is a wonderful idea! I don't want to add up what I spend for coffee at Starbucks!

Terry said...

A wonderful gift. Your heart is so generous.
Enjoy your weekend.

Ivory Spring said...

Great post, Natima. And a very happy belated birthday to you.

Astrid said...

A wonderful idea, Nat. You have a heart of gold!

Willow said...

What a wonderful thing for you to do, but it does not surprise me. You are one Wonderful Lady.

Willow

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Hi Nat,
I think we have lost touch with each other. Which I am very sorry about. We have been moving to a new(er) house and then I had a fall and am laid up with a compression fracture in my back. I hope you had a wonderful birthday.

Bev C said...

Hello Nat,

Good on you for being a great sport. I am so sure the lady you are helping will really appreciate you going without your coffee. Have a great week.
Happy Monday.
Bev.xoxo

Simone de Klerk said...

What a great cause, putting your money in this project! And I have never heard of getting your money back or 're-investing'. I think that is much better than 'just' giving.

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