Mark Danger Powers

drummer • educator • author

Join me in teaching a man to fish

I am excited to announce that PowersPercussion has just begun a virtual team in support of my absolute favorite charity. And I’m inviting you to join that team!

Kiva is a non-profit organization that allows you to lend as little as $25 to specific low-income entrepreneurs around the globe.

It’s always kind and admirable to be caring and want to be of help to those less-fortunate. But why do I love this particular charity? Two reasons:

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#1: As I have personally focused on thinking less like a musician and more like an entrepreneur, I have developed an increased respect for anyone trying to work for themselves. Tenfold for someone in Ghana, Palestine or Bolivia. Can you imagine how difficult it could be to raise capital and succeed in business in a place like that?

#2: It’s a loan! You are not just giving a donation to some random soul. You are lending. Which means it will be repaid to your Kiva account. Which means that you can, in turn, lend it again (and again, and again . . . ) to yet others in need!

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Receiving one of these microloans helps a new entrepreneur to get started. Having to repay the loan amount holds him/her accountable and fosters positive business skills and practices.

You’ve no doubt heard: “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime.” Kiva epitomizes this proverb.

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You can choose what region or business sector you prefer lending to. I’ve been a Kiva lender since 2007 (my personal lender page here) and have watched many loans go through the complete process of application, approval, funding and repayment. Among the nine that I’ve supported so far are a construction rental store in Tanzania, a beauty salon in Togo and a produce seller in South Sudan.

If you join Kiva, and the PowersPercussion team, we can work together to alleviate poverty. Once you’re signed up, you can choose to have a future loan on Kiva “count” towards our team’s impact. The loan is still yours, and repayments still come to you – but you can also choose to have the loan show up in our team’s collective portfolio.

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How else can you help? Spread the word by telling your family, friends, co-workers, Tweeps and Facebook network. Forward them this link . . . http://www.kiva.org/team/powerspercussion . . . and they can join us in creating incredible opportunities for future entrepreneurs all over the globe!

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