In 2007 fourteen St. Jamesians gathered for wine and cheese — contributed $379.37, and went online to kiva.org to make our first microloans. In years since, more parish events have added to the pot, growing our fund to more than $3,500.
St. James children and youth became central to this work when, in 2008 they took over management of the fund. Making loans for as little as $25 a shot, our fund has helped more than 300 entrepreneurs in 76 countries grow their businesses: a beauty salon, farming, crafts, a bakery, clothing sales, dentistry and much more.
In 2019, we drew our money out of Kiva, and donated it to our partners in Bigonet Haiti who are building a new church to replace their’s destroyed by earthquake in 2010. But still, we’re proud of all we did with Kiva over 12 years, and encourage others to be part of this incredible ministry.