Microfinancing, KIVA, and One Acre Fund

By Kristen Johnson

Serving the world’s poor is a big part of our commission as Christians. Supporting organizations who serve the world’s poor is one of the best ways to be a part of that commission. I am always pleased to be able to highlight a new charitable organization doing great work to serve people.

One Acre Fund hit my radar when I received a notice that they are partnering with one of my absolute favorite organizations (KIVA) in Kenya. KIVA provides micro-financing throughout the world to alleviate poverty. I have been a longtime supporter of KIVA, as has my United Methodist Women’s group. (https://www.kiva.org/about). Putting these two organizations together is a recipe for success.

One Acre Fund works with smallholder farmers to provide business solutions. Specifically, they provide:

  1. Financing for farm inputs
  2. Distribution of seed and fertilizer
  3. Training on agricultural techniques
  4. Market facilitation to maximize profits from harvest sales (One Acre Fund)

This wonderful organization receives 4 stars on Charity Navigator. In 2015 alone, they served 305,000 families, increased farmer’s income by 55%, and received 99% of their loans in repayment. (One Acre Fund)

To contribute to this very worthy organization, please click here: https://www.oneacrefund.org/give.

Thank you One Acre Fund for serving the poor and for providing a wonderful example for all of us for what it means to serve the world.

Deuteronomy 15:7-8 (NRSV): If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor. You should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be.

Serve all with love.

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