Another increment of progress via West Bank microfinance via Kiva

Another increment of progress via West Bank microfinance via Kiva

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372812 Hey, I'm no big deal, but I figure I can help do something real for peace and jobs for Palestine and Israel.

You can help out also.

Kiva.org is the big microfinance org, working with people with boots on the ground, like CHF International.

Check out my current portfolio of loans here

It's only a little bit, but that's how we build up a grassroots Marshall plan. That also fights extremism and promotes market growth; everyone wins.

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twodogkd

tonight I ran across this webpage http://othabitat.org/ while trying to find the spelling for Thank You in Sioux. It is the website for for Habitat for Humanity in Eagle Butte, which is is a community on a Sioux reservation, known as Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Years ago I visit that rez for a funeral of a yound man, a fried of mine who died in the SF Bay Area.
It is very isolated, lots of folks with little or no money, and a desperate need for housing.
This is an area that gets extremely cold. I was shocked to see icecycles that formed HORIZONTALLY on barbed wire. It was so cold that the funeral was delayed a day or so because the ground was frozen.
Excerpt from the site Habitat for Humanity does not give away houses. We work in partnership with low-income families and volunteers who provide hundreds of hours of labor. As well as sweat equity, families make a down payment and a monthly mortgage payment. Prospective homeowners attend a series of classes to prepare them for the responsibility of home ownership. The homes are modestly sized and built to keep construction and maintenance costs at a minimum. Habitat sells the homes at no profit, and no-interest loans are arranged.
They need both volunteers and contributions.
The above webpage is simple and direct, like the Sioux people. It shows some modest homes on a bare plain, and people working to build a home.
I personally know that some Sioux on the Cheyenne River, Pine Ridge, and Rosebud Indian Reservations in South Dakota live in very tough circumstances.
Check it out and see what you think.
twodogkd

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