No Clean Toilets?!

How would you feel if you didn’t have access to a clean bathroom? 

Well that is the case for many people.  In fact, 2.4 billion people all over the world are struggling to keep their family alive because there are no sanitary toilets.

Marla, a married women with four kids who runs a candy business in the Philippines, is an example.  She doesn’t have a clean toilet for her family.

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In this loan Marla wanted a sanitary toilet for her and her family. She is aware that the toilet will help the environment  and is saving money.

We made this loan because we think that everybody should have a clean toilet. Also, we don’t want people to use the bathroom in places that are unsanitary because it could possibly make a lot of other people sick.

By:Dominic Savino

Edited by: Chloee Simmons

Money vs. Education

You were so proud of yourself when you graduated from Pre-k! Elementary school with its first EOGs and tests was soon left behind.

You come home blabbering about your locker and billions and billions of teachers in middle school. That too was soon forgotten.  Until high school. Little by little, the honor rolls where announced and caps flew into the air! EVERYONE was as happy as high school graduates! The world was perfect!

For you.

Do you see this picture? That is an African School House. Most of those people are adults and it isn’t very big. Imagine going to school in that thing.

In Africa, school isn’t free for everyone. Instead, parents have to pay for their students to go to school.  Many parents can’t afford that, so many kids don’t get to go to school.

Could you imagine having to fight for an education?  That is why I decided to loan to Tasiu.  He is looking for money to send his children to school.  I thought that every kid deserves the chance to learn.

 

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Poverty is real, and I am helping!

By Eliza A.

The Flu’s Going Around….. Are You Safe?

As spring is coming, the flu is going around. Mostly, people get a flu shot and have recovery time. When we get the flu, you and most people are safe.

But for some people, that’s not the case.

So, what is the flu? It’s short for influenza. It’s an extremely contagious respiratory disease.

When the flu comes knocking on your door, you boost your immune system with the shots that we get.

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But, shots cost money. Most people can afford shots in America, but in other countries, I can’t say the same.

So when the flu comes knocking on the door of Africa and Mexico, the shots aren’t there to save them.

How much is a flu shot? It’s about an average of 40 dollars at a local pharmacy. At other places, it could be more or less.

So that’s why we need Kiva and other loaning sites.  If we help people to have a better life, we are also helping people get the money that they need to get flu shots and be safe.

By: Mathew L.

 

 

 

 

No Birds, No money, No money, No family.

I recently made a loan to help a widowed woman named Samia to buy birds and geese to meet her family’s needs:

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What Samia is trying to do is to make a little business where she raises birds and geese in which, she eventually sells. Samia has four children and has trouble providing them with food.

I made this loan was to help her with this trouble and maybe any others that come her way. After all, she does live in a small town in Egypt.

Edited by: Kayla P

By: Owen W

Cobalt Crisis!!!!!!!!!!!!

Everybody likes electronics, a phone, iPad, or a computer. In the last decade everyone has been drawn to the electronics of today.

But, what’s the science behind it…..

If you were to take the case and the cover off your phone, you would find the battery — the thing that powers your phone.

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If you didn’t know, that battery is made out of an element called Cobalt. Like almost every other element, Cobalt is found underground. The majority of the world’s Cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Congo isn’t exactly the Richest country. An average person will only make $489 per year. It’s a hard life there.

But it isn’t easy to get the Cobalt. The Africans mining the Cobalt in the Congo can spend as much as 24 hours at a time, in a dark, cold tunnel, working with poisonous cobalt.

So the people in the Congo struggle to make a good salary.  On a good day of mining, they will dig up about 200-250 pounds of Cobalt, but make only make 2-3 dollars.

So while you enjoy the low costs of a new phone battery, people in the Congo are dying of the low salary.

So use the battery that you have, and consider yourself lucky. And then, do everything you can to help places like the DRC.  People there deserve a better life.

By: Mathew L. and Carson S.