Kiva Pledge Update / Happy International Women’s Day

This last July, I (Gina Clyne Photography), made a pledge to make a Kiva loan to a woman in another country for every wedding that I book. You can read that initial blog post here.

I have made 30 loans since I made that pledge, and I hope to keep doing so for as long as I am out there shooting weddings. It is extremely important for me to contribute to someone’s chances of making a better life for themselves and their families. People are suffering and struggling everyday, so if you could, why not offer a bit of relief while on the hard path to realizing a goal?

Below are women who I made loans to in the last months. I think it’s important to give faces to the effort, as it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed by the volume of people who need a boost to create opportunity. kiva-1What is Kiva?

“We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend to help create opportunity around the world.” – kiva.org

kiva-2As of today, donations have been made to women in Bolivia, Cambodia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, India, Kenya, Philippines, Tajikistan, and Zimbabwe.kiva-3The beauty of all of this is that you can donate too, whenever you please! You can sign up for your own Kiva account and if you make a donation today for International Women’s Day, your loan will be matched, doubling the impact of your loan to another woman and her business.kiva-4kiva_121x64

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