Encourage Girls


Welcome to EncourageGirls.org! I’m Katie, and you’re either a family member or friend (or a friend of a friend, of a friend…). I’m so excited for all of us to get together and do some good!

So What’s the Plan?

The plan is to get a group together to give Micro-Loans to women (usually in third world countries) who need a helping hand to start a business and make a better life for themselves and their families.

Watch how a $65 loan helped Saima transform her life and the lives of other women in her village:

OUR TEAM: How do you join in?

  1. Join our Loan team. By joining this team, we can get together to provide Micro-Loans to women who need support. It will be exciting to watch them progress in their businesses! These loans are tiny—usually a few hundred bucks—so if each of us gives $25, we can get some great loans going.
  2. Make your small loan. Once you’ve joined the team and registered on the site, click the Lend tab and search for someone you’d like to loan to. Just follow the directions on the site to complete the process.
  3. When the person that you’ve loaned to pays you back, you can loan the money to someone else! That means that your single investment of $25 can end up helping countless people over time!
  4. Encourage your friends and family to join in! You can send them to this page or to our Kiva team page: http://www.kiva.org/team/EncourageGirls

More about Kiva’s Micro-Loan Program

Kiva is the worlds first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend to unique entrepreneurs around the globe. Its mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.

Kiva does not take any cut of the loan we donate—their administrative costs are covered by optional donations directed specifically for operational needs, as well as through grants, foundations, etc.

I checked them out with the Better Business Bureau and they received a rating of A (and Oprah recommends them!). They were also listed as one of Time Magazine’s Top 50 Web Sites of 2009.


Check out this YouTube video about the “Girl Effect”:

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