Some people don’t like airports/train stations/bus stations but I do. I like those
few moments in between where you’ve been, and where you are going. The fact you actually
get a chance to reflect. I’m in a queue at the airport. Here are my thoughts.
Sometimes life rushes. Sometimes it goes so fast you don’t have time to check if
you’re going in the right direction. Sometimes you see a slower, less comfortable
mode of transport and assume it’s going in the wrong direction. Sometimes it’s not.
I guess this blog isn’t specifically Kiva related, but more of an ultimatum, to each
and every one of you, to the world as a whole. Let’s stop every once in a while.
Let’s reflect. Let’s allow time to consider what is important. Which way we want
our world to go.
The thing I like the most about Kiva is that the essence of it has nothing to do
with money. To me it is more about connecting people in different parts of the world.
It’s the realisation that the fundamental values of human beings are all the same.
It’s the fact that someone from New Zealand can care about someone in the Philippines;
that someone from New York wants to help people in Mongolia; and that someone from
Canada can care about someone living in Rwanda. It shows that a small operation based
in San Francisco cares about the world. Let’s keep caring. And let’s keep making
sure that we’re moving in the right direction.
Liam in Southfields, London United Kingdom loaned to Shamsiyya Qasimova in Saatli,
Azerbaijan. Shamsiyya is a 38-year-old woman who works as a cosmetologist and hairdresser
in a small saloon she started working in 2006 when her husband lost his job. She
is married and has three children. Her business was the only financial source for
the last four years, only in the last few months has husband found a job.
Shamsiyya is using her loan to buy cosmetic tools and supplies to expand her business
into doing make-up for brides.