As I was recently watching a TED video by Jessica Jackley , co-founder of Kiva, a microfinance organization, it suddenly dawned on me that we shouldn't look down on the poor because they aren't less human than us, we should find a way to empower them because in reality they are hard working entrepreneurs that need something to grow on. Of course there are some who are beyond this stage of poverty, but for those who have skills to make something of their lives, microlending seems like the perfect solution. I think the reason I am so drawn to the idea of microlending is because the fact that banks won't lend the poor because of lack of security, trust and societies rules seems petty. The reality is that these incredibly small loans to us could be the jump start to another's life.
Jackley also highlights a lesson she learned that I think is important to understand. She alludes to the fact that everyone has their own customs whether they are religious or social they mean something. These customs affect not only the way they think but also what they do. She points out its not about changing peoples' views or customs, but rather about helping them grow in their own way. Jackley believes in the potential of others and I don't think she is over idealistic. She knows that its not about all the fancy economic terms and the loads of money being pushed around, its about trusting and believing in each others potential to be great.
"This belief in each other, knowing that without a doubt and practicing that everyday in what ever you do, that, is what I believe will change the world and make tomorrow better than today."
- Jessica Jackley
Jessica Jackley's TED talk