Give A Man A Fish, He Eats For A Day…
Oct 15 2008

Teach her how to fish, she eats for a lifetime.  This year’s Blog Action Day theme is about poverty.  When I last checked the site over 10,000 bloggers had signed up to participate reaching over 11 million readers worldwide.  Last year’s theme was on the environment and I wrote Rock. Paper. Scissors. How Do We All Win? on the topic of the environment and cutting down on paper usage. 

How does one break the cycle of poverty? As an entrepreneur, I’m a strong supporter of those who try to make a difference by creating products and solutions that help their local, national, or global community.  All ideas are not created equal, but the people behind them are the ones who can cultivate them into something life changing or learn from their failures, pick themselves up and help others on their paths to create something great. 

Whether entrepreneurial drive is innate or learned one may never know, but we do know that it can be cultivated and nurtured by the right people, resources, and support.  It can also be squashed and abused by people who feel threatened by the passion behind the ideas. 

I have heard several of my favorite bloggers mentioned in the past and I thought it was a really neat concept. So for this year’s Blog Action Day, I’ve decided to donate $100 to a Kiva project.  However, it looks like I’ll have to wait because all of their projects are currently funded! 

Kiva is a site that enables people to give/lend money to entrepreneurs in third world countries who are trying to make a difference in their poverty stricken communities.  You can contribute money towards a small loan for an entrepreneur to help him/her get started or purchase some supplies.  It’s called micro-lending. 

Giving someone the means to try something entrepreneurial to build up their self esteem and add value to their community, is priceless.   Giving them the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship first hand from the school of hard knocks is contributing to their life education.  

So take a look around you and be grateful for what you have despite the challenging economic times ahead for all of us.  If you are reading this blog post, chances are that you are not sitting in a hut somewhere without electricity wondering where your next meal might come from. 

Encouraging ideas, creativity, and entrepreneurship is the way we will see ourselves through this downturn.  Investing in good people with the entrepreneurial spirit is a fabulous thing to do.  Check out and when an entrepreneur and her project surface that you find interesting, consider lending her a few bucks to help her make a difference!

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10 Comments on “Give A Man A Fish, He Eats For A Day…”

  1. 1 Blog Action Day? Oh Bake off! | Web AddiCT(s); said at 9:26 AM on October 15th, 2008:

    […] are a few ideas: Give A Man A Fish, He Eats For A Day…Teach a her how to fish, she eats for a lifetime How does one break the cycle of poverty? As an […]

  2. 2 The Q said at 10:43 AM on October 15th, 2008:

    Great post! I got your link from the Statesman blog about Central Texas bloggers participating in Blog Action Day. I’ll definitely be a regular reader from now on!


    The Qs last blog post..Global Poverty and the Fashion Industry

  3. 3 Blog Action Day: Lend to Alleviate Poverty | Suzie Cheel said at 4:42 PM on October 15th, 2008:

    […] saw on Twitter that Aruni from Entrepremusings was going to make a loan and found like I had initally that there were no current projects to […]

  4. 4 Aruni said at 6:08 PM on October 15th, 2008:

    @The Q – I didn’t realize Statesman blog picked it up…good to know! I liked your post on Global Poverty and the Fashion Industry as well!

  5. 5 isabella mori said at 9:28 PM on October 15th, 2008:

    hi there aruni – haven’t visited for a while. a great post. you know, i’ve never given money to kiva – i think i will do it NOW.

    isabella moris last blog post..october buddhist carnival – about poverty

  6. 6 Nicole said at 9:31 PM on October 15th, 2008:

    What a great idea in Kiva and that’s great you’re donating! Great post!

    Nicoles last blog post..11 Month Old Baby Schedule

  7. 7 Aruni said at 9:40 PM on October 15th, 2008:

    @isabella – so good to read your words! I’m glad my post inspired you to give to Kiva. 🙂

    @nicole – Kiva is a great idea and I can’t wait to find that project to donate to.

  8. 8 Dayngr said at 9:57 PM on October 15th, 2008:

    Love it! There are also sites like Kiva that do microlending right here in the U.S. as well for those interested in helping folks right here at home.

    Dayngrs last blog post..Blog Action Day 2008 – Stand Up, Speak Out, Be Heard

  9. 9 Aruni said at 3:28 PM on October 19th, 2008:

    @Dayngr – Thanks. I’ve heard about a few of those other sites. It’s a great concept!

  10. 10 Eugene said at 5:58 PM on October 21st, 2008:

    Now everyone is talking about the American economy and eclections, nice to read something different. Eugene