Yesterday was International Women's Day, and I'll admit I started the day with a little skepticism. It seems like lots of days are named different things without much traction, but as yesterday wore on it started to feel different. The stories and images I was seeing were inspiring, and thought provoking, and most of all made me feel proud to be a woman, and proud to support other women.
In a small but concrete gesture of support for women worldwide, I made a Kiva loan last night, to a woman farmer in Africa.
I'm happy to say that as of this morning Esther's loan is fully funded, and another woman has received more tools to succeed. If you'd like to do the same and haven't been on Kiva yet, head on over. The loan amounts are small, but the impact is real. I originally loaned $25 several years ago, and have recycled that money back to other borrowers many times - as it's paid back I just loan it once again. Supporting others, even in small ways, makes us all stronger and more connected, and that's probably the best celebration of International Women's Day.