Found this really cute site:
Read an interesting article about te Arctic today. I have thought that it’s just a giant piece of ice up north (that is melting because of global warming) but this article sure teaches me some intriguing facts.
On one hand, routing transportation of goods from Asia to Eastern America and Europe via the Arctic can save lots of mileage and hence fuel; on the other hand, I can’t imagine what all the traffic will do to damage the polar bear and other animals’ habitat.
It’s a non profit group that offers microloan to people in developing countries. Each request has a picture and a story about why they need the loan. You may have a farmer in Peru wanting money to get more seeds, a woman in Pakistan wanting to start a grocery store, or a driver in Azerbaijan needing a new car. Each loan unit is $25. They usually will pay back the money in 6 months to a year, after which you can used that same $25 to loan to another person.
I’ve never been to a donation site that can be so much fun and so addictive. I mean, if I stay on there I could donate my life saving away! I like the intimacy that you see the faces of people that need help, read about their lives and how they changed with the loan in the journals. It’s kind of fun to scroll through the pages and find the one whom you feel kinship with. (Imagine lending money to someone in the same business as you are halfway around the world!)