I mentioned back in December that every time I do a post about Lend With Care I seem to inspire someone else to join this microlending project giving third world entrepreneurs a business boost. So it was on the last occasion. Mama Lovelygrey contacted me. She's not an IT whizz by any means but she reads my blog every day. She sent me some money. Could I invest it on her behalf in a project?
I popped off to the Lend with Care website to see who was asking for funding. I wanted to find someone who my mum would be delighted to help. . Mariela in Ecuador needed to buy a new sewing machine and another piece of equipment to wrap the clothes that she makes. She was hoping to expand her business and employ another person as a consequence of the loan. As mum has been a keen seamstress herself I thought Mariela was just the person that Mum would like to help in the first instance. Of course it's likely that they'll be others. The money is repaid and used over and over again. In just under five years I've made a total of thirty seven loans.
What a delicious, albeit tenuous excuse to use a picture of an old Singer sewing machine today. Such beautiful engineered and aesthetically pleasing objects.