Microfinance loans help small businessmen create jobs, which is good for
The US Marshall Plan, after World War II, helped rebuild Europe, creating
jobs and preventing extremism.
I've been encouraged to help out via microfinance loans in the West Bank
of Palestine, by people from the governments of the US, Israel, and
Palestine. This is "public diplomacy", a kind of service to the community.
Looks like the best way to do this is with Kiva.org, a great umbrella
microfinance group. On the ground, we work with CHF International, which
has an outstanding record helping people across the world.
We've already had some results, helping some small businessmen in the West
Bank, with more to come.
For more, check out the official announcement on chfinternational.org. (Will try to get exact link later.)
Did I say this has the support of all three governments involved?