Kiva.org helps new business owners and organizations get started. First, I applied for a loan. I spoke to two representatives about my working projects and the loan amount. Then, once approved, I enter a private funding phase. I have to get people in my own network to back me up. In my case, I needed 16 backers in 16 days. I don’t know the formula for how they determine how many backers you need.
I love the way it works. Kiva.org gives you templates for email and social media. I decided to personalize each email. Asking for money stirs up a bunch of emotions. It’s the holidays and Giving Tuesday is coming up. I thought this was the time, if any, to go for it. If it doesn’t work out, then everyone gets their money back. I appreciate that I have to be constantly and consistently asking people to loan to me. It takes me out of my comfort zone, which is a good thing.
There are three working projects. All the projects support special needs families:
- a sensory garden and a community garden. Youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities learn about horticulture skills and can apply them to other areas in their life.
- an art room to come and make art. It’s therapeutic. We recently partnered with the Y and hosted an art social. It was fun to play and create pages with colors. It’s taken for granted the power of play, and families need stress-free activities to reconnect, regroup, and relax.
- meditation space. This will hold parent/child sessions and parent only sessions with possible childcare depending on needs.
The goal is to increase visibility and awareness for people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. And by partnering with business owners and organizations, we’re also getting their support for our mission. We want a truly diverse and inclusive community, and it’s important to keep working together towards this mission.
If you’d like to help, here’s the link to our Kiva loan: https://www.kiva.org/lend/1641611