Daniel Tam-Claiborne via Crowdrise
August 20, 2013
BENEFITING: Kiva Microfunds
EVENT DATE: Aug 07, 2013
It’s true. The spry gentleman on the left of your screen is taking on the highest freestanding mountain in the world – Mt. Kilimanjaro. For six days and five nights beginning on August 7th, I will be trekking over 120km to the summit from the foot of the Tanzanian plains. By all accounts, this will be no cakewalk. Standing at a touch under 20,000 feet, it is the tallest mountain on the African continent, 4th largest in the world, and will likely be the greatest physical challenge I have faced in my life thus far.
So, why would I possibly do this to myself? Besides the obvious repenting for a diet consisting predominantly of chapatti and rice for the last two months in Kenya, climbing Kilimanjaro has been a goal of mine ever since I first discovered that I was able to hike for more than one consecutive hour without wanting to crawl into a ball and die.
But more than that, I want to use this as an opportunity to support a very worthwhile cause, and hope that I can count on you for your support as well. Kiva is a phenomenal non-profit that connects lenders around the world with small-business owners who want to grow their businesses and improve their lives. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to “live” their mission first-hand for the last two months and can testify to the enormous impact that small loans have made to people living at the very bottom of the pyramid.
Kiva, in its eight year history, has already funded nearly 590,000 loans to support over one million borrowers. That’s 100 loans for every meter that I will climb up Kilimanjaro (and that’s a lot of meters)! Each Kiva Zip loan starts at $125, and a fundraising goal of $1,000 will ensure that 8 individuals are on the path to greater financial solvency – individuals like these four nurses that I had the privilege of meeting on a borrower visit to Western Kenya last month (story also picked up by the Huffington Post).
I will be financing all of the costs of the climb myself so that you can be sure that every dollar you donate will be going directly to expanding Kiva’s operational capacities and serving the countless small-business entrepreneurs all over the world who depend on Kiva loans to grow their businesses. Any donation, big or small, is greatly appreciated. And if it’s any extra incentive to donate, while you’re basking in the dog days of summer, just think of me at the top of Kilimanjaro, where it can reach a downright frosty 0° F at night.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much for believing in me -- together we can crush this mountain and help 8 hard-working individuals and their families achieve their business dreams.