August 2009

The Goodness Feature: Kiva

by Leonie Dawson on August 28, 2009


Kiva - loans that change lives

A new feature today… I wanted to profile an organisation that does some amazing work in this world… and how we can become goddess angels for other people’s dreams… I’ve chosen Kiva as a do-gooder sponsor this month, because their work touches my heart and spirit.

A lot of people have heard about the amazing work that Kiva does. My lovely name-sister Leonie Wise introduced me to Kiva a couple of years ago, and I’ve been a proud Kiva-ette ever since.

For those who don’t know about Kiva yet – I’m really excited to be your first guide of it.
Kiva is one of those ways you can “donate” and help third world countries.

But – it’s not that boring, and it’s not that one-ended.

Instead of making one-off donations, you become an angel investor.

Say you’ve got $25.

You choose an entrepreneur from a third world country who wants to grow their business to make more money for their family. They could be a family wanting to buy another goat so they can sell more milk in Cambodia. Or a group of women in Peru who want to buy a shop so they can sell clothes.

They have an idea about how to become more profitable, and just need some investors with the capital.
You lend them your $25. And over a period of time, they pay it back to you (without interest).

Talk about self-empowerment.

To them – they aren’t just being given a gift. They aren’t being thrown a fish. They are buying some line so they can keep catching their own fish.

Individuals, families and communities get to take control of their destinies.

And here’s the amazing thing – there is less faulting on loans then there is for a first world bank.

It’s a win-win situation every step of the way.

And once all your money is paid back to you? You get to withdraw it and buy yourself some cupcakes, or invest in another entrepreneur.

I’ve studied economic history, and community development, and social policy and anthropology at university. And it taught me a whole lot of really big words and concepts that I can never remember enough to use. All I know is, when I hear about something as thrilling and empowering as the work Kiva is doing, I get excited deep in my belly.

Kiva’s Popularity

Obviously, Kiva is doing something very, very right. In the past couple of years, their use has exploded.

This week alone, nearly a million dollars has been lent to people in countries all around the world who just need a bit of investment to help them make their big dream come true.

When businesses become more profitable, their owners become more abundant, and that income keeps on flowing back, growing and developing their community and country. It’s healing and fixing a whole bundle of issues all at once – just by enabling development.

That’s so smigging exciting that my toes are bunching up with happiness.

And the best part?

With every non-profit, you wonder just how much of your money is going in to making the impact – not administering the non-profit. With Kiva, any amount you lend goes totally to that entrepreneur. And they actually explain that if you like, you can donate to helping keep Kiva doing what it does. And that whole part of total transparency makes me feel so empowered and in the loop, I always donate more for them. They are doing it so right.

My experience

I’m now onto my third loan at Kiva – still a baby entrepreneur by Kiva standards!

So far, I’ve helped a group of women in Pakistan buy more sewing machines for their business, a group of farmers in Peru buy more cattle to farm and helped a woman in Bolivia who sells from a food cart build a wall around her property. My loans have been 40% repaid so far, with money coming back in each month. I’m so heart-thrilled at how the experience has been.

Want to learn more?

Pop on over to www.kiva.org to find out how you can get involved, and check out the faces of all the beautiful people you can become angel investors in.

I really, really heart things that change this world.

Know any other awesome do-gooder organisations around? I’d love to hear about them! Or have Kiva experiences of your own to share? I’m all ears :)

Big love you,

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Mama Goddess Video Diaries: Week Eight

by Leonie Dawson on August 26, 2009

Hola beautiful women sisters,

In keeping with my brandish new tradition, I made you a video diary of Week Eight. Fluffy haired and mermaidish and grateful.

And, like last week, the:

Rules are as such:

1a.) I will make them as honest as possible

1b.) I will not make things sound deeper/better/lovelier than they are

2.) I will do them exactly as I am (hello bed-hair and inside-out-pyjamas)

3.) I will try really, really hard not to make any excuses about them (that I frequently forget things during them, that I may not sound grateful for being pregnacious, that my fringe is untamable)

Week Eight

In this video I share about connecting with the spirit of our child for the first time.

And you get introduced to the new mama bear Leonie. :)

Mama Goddess Week 8 from Goddess Leonie on Vimeo.

And if you’re wanting to catch up on all the pregnacious stories and videos, head on over to the Mama Goddess page.

So grateful to be here. So grateful you are here.

giant rhinoceros hugs,

The Creative Goddess Circle! Opens again!

by Leonie Dawson on August 25, 2009

Hola gorgeous starbuds,

I’m so excited to announce that I’m re-opening the Creative Goddess Circle again on September 28. It’s been… oh… nine months since it was last open…. and it’s one of my favourite, transformative courses… so I’m utterly over the moon to be doing it again.

The Creative Goddess Circle is a private online message board that we treat as a sacred women’s circle for the Creative Goddess e-Course. During the rest of the year, you can take the e-Course as a home study course… but the Circle means you get to share your journey with other Goddesses doing it too. It’s precious and sacred and blessed and wonderful.

The Creative Goddess e-Course is my most popular course – it’s six weeks to discover the Creative Goddess inside you. It’s not just about art and making pictures though – this is about sacred creativity, and connecting with the amazing goddess you are with art.

Each week, there’s:

  • a video from me and Charlie the happy healer dog
  • a 30 minute long goddess meditation
  • a sacred creative project to create
  • a hand-illustrated ebook.

There’s weeks of healing, and transformation, and overcoming creative stucknesses, and dreaming big, and finding courage, and being the Goddess you are. It’s beautiful, precious work, and I’m really blessed to share it with you.

The Creative Goddess Circle is opening for six weeks on September 28. To be a part of this circle, sign up for the e-course before then, and you’ll get an invitation in. You’ll get access to the course materials before then incase you want to start playing right now – or you can wait and use them with the Circle.

This circle there will also be three goddess helpers who will be helping me in holding the sacred circle space, and making it a magical, shining experience for everyone there. Hoooorah!

Questions? Just let me know dearheart. I’d love to help out.

And if you’re called – I would be utterly delighted to share the Creative Goddess Circle with you…. A magical journey awaits ~ I am jumping up & down with glee!!!

For more information & to enrol, just pop over to the Creative Goddess eCourse page.

big love,