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  • “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” Ernest Hemmingway
  • “Judge each day not by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” Gandhi
  • “Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.” Blaise Pascal
  • “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” Ayn Rand
  • “If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” John D. Rockefeller
  • “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility. An able yet humble man is a jewel worth a kingdom.” William Penn
  • “There is a great satisfaction in building good tools for other people to use.” Freeman Dyson
  • “You don't know what you can learn until you try to learn.” Ronald Coase
  • “Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.” Mark Twain
  • “Create more value than you capture.” Tim O'Reilly

Wokai: Micro-loans for China’s Poor

Two young American women who studied Chinese in Bejing have created a fund for helping China’s poor who struggle even while the economy is growing there. The wealth being generated by the growth in China is said to not be trickling down to many of the country’s poor.

Wokai lends small amounts of money to entrepreneurs (micro-loans of a few hundred U.S. dollars) so that they can make changes in their businesses necessary to achieve their goals. The money is then returned to Wokai for distribution to others. Read more at the Wokai website.

The BBC has a brief video about Wokai HERE. Kudos to Casey Wilson and Courtney McClogen for setting this up. I hope they get the additional funding they seek to expand their project.end of article icon

Posted on Monday, December 20, 2010 in Giving


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