So we want to know: why do you invest? What inspired you to invest your hard-earned funds in income-generating projects for the working poor around the globe? Tell us here by commenting below.
“In 1996 when my husband died, I found that there were monies available that I didn’t know were there. I had made a commitment to simple living and couldn’t decide how so much money fit in with my life style. … That’s when I found Oikocredit… Since then, I have realized that investing rather than giving away these larger sums made sense because the money could go on working.
I chose Oikocredit because the idea of micro-financing makes a lot of sense to me. It allows individuals to use their own skills and knowledge to start a business and support their families. I am also happy that so many micro-loans go to women, who make such good use of the loans and are very conscientious in paying them back. It is wonderful to see women empowered in this way.” – Betty Scholten, Clatskanie, OR
“We are a non-profit corporation and a community of women who hold our goods in common. We believe that we need to use some of our money to be of help to others. We need to invest in the corporate sector in order to pay our expenses, which include much expense for retired women, but we want to invest in ways that more directly serve those in need. Oikocredit does that.” – Mary Swain, Loretto Literary and Benevolent Institution, Nerinx, KY
“The reason I invested is that it is an investment in the lives of people who want to provide for themselves. It is not just a money thing, but it is my way of linking myself with others who are sharing the vision of helping people develop a better life for themselves. This includes emotional security, a sense of spirituality in showing compassion, and sense of self worth.” – Tom Woodward
You may have heard that this summer, we’re celebrating the Power of Microfinance as part of our second Summer of Microfinance. Much of that power comes from you – the investor!
So we want to know: why do you invest? What inspired you to invest your hard-earned funds in income-generating projects for the working poor around the globe? Tell us by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.