Microstock = Microloans

A year ago I decided to donate whatever funds I made from selling microstock images to women entrepreneurs in third world countries. I do this by lending money through microloans at Kiva.org. Each loan helps a woman who is working hard to fight poverty and support her family by having her own business. The loan is usually low or no interest and is paid back in small increments. After a loan is paid back, I reinvest the money in new loans - thereby, keeping an ongoing flow of loans going from my modest microstock profits. Today I made my 16th microloan!

My entrepreneurs come from all over the world - Peru, Kyrgyzstan, Columbia, Kenya, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Chile, Lebanon, Uganda, Cambodia and the Philippines. They have small retail shops, sell produce, raise cattle - one has even established a business renting washing machines! How incredible that sales from my microstock, such as the image shown here, can help others in such an amazing way. My mantra: "Microstock = Microloans".

Photo credits: Louise Roach.

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September 30, 2011


Congratulations for your idea! I really wish you many sales to help many people in the world!

September 29, 2011


That's is amazing, congratulations for your work helping many people around the world.

September 29, 2011


Thank you all for the encouraging comments. I hope this inspires other microstock photogs (like Brett from the UK) to share a little bit of their earnings through microloans. Let's start a movement!

September 29, 2011


Just great!

September 29, 2011


Thanks for bringing this up, it's something I was going to do then terribly forgot all about it. I cashed out yesterday and will put $200 into it just as soon as the funds are through :-) Good work :-)

Brett, UK.

September 29, 2011


What a wonderful gesture! My hats off to you.

September 29, 2011


Congratulations on what you do!This is something praiseworthy

September 29, 2011


Beautiful! ♥

September 29, 2011


You are doing a great work, well done.

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