A couple years ago, a good friend of mine was visiting me in DC. He was telling me a story about his father driving a rickshaw around, giving free rides in exchange for dedicated speaking time with voters. However, during this story, neither of us could remember the word for rickshaw. About thirty minutes later we both remembered and said "Rickshaw!" at the same time. A year later my wife and I fell in love with the motorized rickshaws in India.
This week's blog combines my love of rickshaws with my new-found obsession with kiva.org. My first two loans are now in the re-payment phases and I'm happy to announce they are both on time with their payments - hopefully that's an indication of success of the original loan goal. My new loan goes towards a new motorized rickshaw for Seema and her family to replace their aging rickshaw. Seema and her six kids live in Pakistan, just across the border from India. I wish them the best of luck.
As I was selecting this loan, I browsed around the web site for a good thirty minutes. I'm still struggling with determining and evaluating criteria for the loans I select - or hell, with the overall selection for random acts of kindness for the blog itself. For now, it's a bit random. And maybe it will be random for a long time. It does seem a bit more authentic that way. :)
Paul in Amsterdam.