Thursday, October 16, 2008

Always a Day Late and a Dollar Short

Unbeknownst to me yesterday was Blog Action Day.

I didn't get the memo, or if I did the Chihuahua's ate it! No matter, it's never to late to get involved.

I subscribe to the "teach them to fish" method of battling poverty. My favorite charity is something called Trickle Up. A New York schoolteacher developed this idea at her kitchen table. It's simple, the organization provides training and seed capital to women in third world and other impoverished areas. They are tutored on how to write and develop a business plan and sign a contract agreeing to pay back the $50 from their profits. That, in turn, funds another small business.

Loans are given to women exclusively. Women are fully invested in caring for and creating a better life for their children. A $50 loan doesn't sound like much to us, but it can buy a scale and other supplies to open a fresh fruit and vegetable stand in a local market or it can purchase materials for weaving fabrics.

Here are two Guatemalan women we met on the beach in Belize. They were walking up and down the beach selling their colorful wall hangings and blankets. Some of the women had babies cradled on their backs.

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Here's your chance to help and it won't cost you a dime. For everyone of my readers who leaves a comment I will donate $1 to Trickle Up. That means if I get 50 comments we will finance one woman in her goal to make her family self-sufficient.

And as Martha always says, that's a good thing!!

OK Lurkers - - This is your chance. You can quickly jump in from the shadows. I know you're there. Help me and a less fortunate woman!!

81 comments:

Donna said...

Here's $1 for ya...

curiouskoshka said...

If it's for charity, I'll come out of lurking... Argh, the sun hurts my eyes!

Best wishes to you and the women involved in this project!

Heidi said...

I LOVE there beautiful tan skin - comeing from a lilly livered Englishwoman.... Here's your buck!!! LOL

willzmom said...

Okay, so I admit it-I am a lurker! I think that this is a great idea and a great way to serve others. Thanks for the information and thank you for your kind heart. Now I'm going over to read about this great organization.

Mary said...

what a wonderful idea! I'm with you, Suzanne. :)
xoxo,
Mary

J'Ollie Primitives said...

another day, another dollar!

Molly said...

count me in.

Gizmo said...

I'll step into the light for a buck. LOL

Significant Snail said...

Two things: here's a comment to help bring you up to 50
and
I didn't know it was blog action day either! Thanks for sharing all the info today about Trickle Up and blog action!

Anonymous said...

Ok....I am a lurker I admit....but I do feel much better now saying it out loud.
This sounds like a wonderful way to help these women help themselves and their families. Hope you can get at least 50 today.
Kathy

Kim said...

What a great plan. I just got some tea from a friend in Kenya who got it from a woman there who started her own business. As a new Mom, I now understand the power women/mothers have!

Jen said...

An excellent cause--count me in!

Laura said...

This reminds me of something in Orlando called The Ripple Effect. What a great idea! It only takes a little bit.

Thirkellgirl said...

(I see you were up in the middle of the night, too). I think this form of charity is SO much better than most. I'm all for encouraging enterprise.

Lena . . . said...

What a wonderful idea. Me too!

Sarah said...

What a wonderful idea! I really enjoy reading your blog.

EMBELLISHER said...

You are most generous in these uncertain times.May your tribe increase.

Lisa said...

I have never heard of this charity...what a great idea! $1 more dollar in the hat.....

Princess S said...

Dang Skippy i'll leave a comment!!!! Service to others is contagious and what a great thing to be infected with!!!

Pieceful Afternoon said...

Here's another dollar - and I'm going to go and contribute more myself. Great idea.

Heather said...

Their smiles are beautiful!

leah said...

this is my first time leaving a comment on a blog...ever.

this is a good reason to start.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea!

Melissa

martina said...

Great idea.

Bridge said...

Great cause! And lots of comments...

lisa said...

What a great idea!

Pat said...

What a lovely idea! Keep up the good work.

Ritch in Love said...

I recently watched a program on a t.v. channel called BYU TV about a program extremely similar to this one. These programs WORK! I was so impressed with these ideas!

bv said...

love this program and will send my own $$$$$ too!
bv

Jill said...

What a fantastic idea Suzanne! I love it!

Anonymous said...

I didn't know about Trickle Up. Thanks for telling us about it, I'm going to get involved.

Willow Witch said...

Gosh, you make me feel so dirty, I haven't been lurking, I like to think of it as full face peeking in a window blog viewing. So now for your slur on my person and for charity that will cost you a buck!

becky68 said...

I'm a lurker although i usually lurk at your other blog- with all the pictures which I love! I can get behind a good cause though.

Mamahut said...

What a nice gal you are! Count me in. With all of your lurkers this might cost you a little Suzanne:) I'm glad they peeked out for this one.

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

Gee, you're almost there! You are a rockin' amazing woman! xo

Far Side of Fifty said...

Count me in, got here from Heidi's, sounds like a good cause for women! Glad to help you out:)

lifeinredshoes said...

count me.

lifeinredshoes said...

twice.

jazzi said...

I'll bite. A wonderful thing to do, ma'am!

Deirdre said...

Karma being what it is your goodness will be repaid - increase the peace!

stefanie said...

41st dollar.

It's not to late for her. May you both be blessed.

FarmHouse Style said...

Count me in as well.

Rhonda

beatrice said...

thanks for donating! check http://www.freewebs.com/clickforcharity/index.htm

rebecca said...

I'm actually commenting on your chick flick post, but thought I would kill 2 bees with one whack, or something like that...Anyway, I am nervous about seeing that movie b/c that is one of my favorite books of all time and I am afraid they will ruin it (like White Oleander). I'll probably watch it anyway...Also, I love netflix.

Kathy said...

What a great way to help others. I enjoy reading your blog - you have a great sense of humor. Thanks for all that you do.

Amber said...

this is great! what a wonderful idea!

Tanya said...

hey we are almost there!! so this lurker is coming out of her shy hiding place. Great idea..thank you!

Anonymous said...

Another buck! Looks like you're almost to 50 now.

Mamasphere said...

What a wonderful thing you're doing! Here's my 100 cents.

Judy said...

My philosophy exactly...help them to help themselves! Great idea.

hayseed said...

this is also exactly the kind of charity i believe in too. Great idea.

Anonymous said...

this is from a farmer's wife-we all
have to use our heads and hearts-thanks for featuring these dear ladies-and count me in!!

Janet said...

Great idea Suzanne. Looks like you have already funded one woman and are on the way for a second woman.

Janet

KatKit13 said...

I LOVE the smiles on their faces, as if they're the only ones who know the punchline to the joke.

Awesome.

And what a great cause. :-)

Cheryl said...

Thank you very much for doing this - a blessing for your readers as well as the recipients.

Tami said...

Love this idea, isn't amazing what a dollar can do?

Mary said...

love the idea of making someone self sufficient. Count me in

Mumsie said...

Hi Suzanne, I love your blog this is a wonderful thing you are doing, thanks for sharing this wonderful organization with us, I'm going to donate to them too

LDF said...

Damn, busted for lurking! You might be on your way to your second $50! Hello, I've been enjoying your blog (via The Milkman's Wife via The Pioneer Woman) for the last couple of months, and I think this Trickle Up idea is fabulous!

Paige said...

Hey when were you in Belize and where? We go ALL the time!

Good project

Lori said...

What a great idea - I'm in!

Suzanne said...

Thanks everyone for participating. You've made my day and made a difference in someone else's life.

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

Paige - The Farmer and I were in Belize and Guatemala for our 25th wedding anniversary five years ago. We stayed on Ambergris Caye at Captain Morgan's and had a great time.

Mogsie said...

is it to late?

**Poik poik**

is this thing on???

:)

Jan said...

What a great idea, no wonder you are a supporter. Count me as one more lurker speaking up.

jan said...

I enjoy your blog and appreciate your support of a great cause!

Leena said...

thanks for letting us have a part in helping out!

MMK said...

I'm 2 days late but hopefully not too late! I hurt my knee a couple of months ago, then lost my job the next week. I couldn't job hunt or interview. We were wondering how we were going to pay the mortgage and the bills when we received a inheritance from a deceased loved one (totally unexpected). I will be paying it forward in lots of "thank yous" for a long time!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Oh and I missed it! What a great thing to do, Suzanne, and wow the number of commenters! :D

Carole said...

That's a great idea and I hope I'm not too late. It's nice that I can participate though I'm overseas.
I was very moved by the story of Found Money - and I've always loved the concept of Paying It Forward. Reading all this on your blog has made my day brighter, thank you :-))

Rue said...

Hi Suzanne :)

I'm a day late, but hopefully not a $1 short ;)

Oh and thank you for the gravy recipe!!

(((hugs)))
your biggest fan

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

I had not heard about Blog Action Day either, so my post that day was completely inappropriate. Don't consider myself a lurker.... blogs to me are like a trip to the library... a free read. :-)

Leah said...

I love the idea of paying it forward. Found money doesn't happen to often to me, but what I like to do is at the grocery store when I see people with the hungry signs, I get them a lunchable, an apple, and a big water and tell them God bless you. I think it's a great example of paying it forward for a just a little money.

Mom Taxi Julie said...

What a great idea! Kudos to you!

Stubblejumpers Cafe said...

Am I too late, hm? Hope not. Been a busy couple of weeks, as readers of S's Cafe will have figured out by now, but I always get back here sooner or later to see what the busy little farmer's wife has been up to!

Kate

Linda said...

If it's not too late, please count me in!

flying fish said...

what a beautiful concept, thanks for making my morning brighter!

gschloff said...

I just love your blog and your ways of helping others.

Your reader are wonderful! I loved the story about the lady that bought the $117 calculator and the stoy of the two Belize women.

God Bless You!

Design Gal said...

LOVE this idea! Mind if I copy it? I'd love to help out too!

bj said...

oh, dear...am I too late? I have been gone for a week (my first cruise and it was wonderful) and am just now catching up on your blog. What a fabulous thing for you to do, my dear. Good, good luck...
love, bj

Anonymous said...

Love your blog! Just a lurker from Louisiana.

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

I've been MIA for a bit...so I am just now seeing this post...hope this comment can still help :)