Wednesday, April 23, 2014
(Families Celebrating After Vote)
We're in The House chamber, forty of us with The Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana. They actually passed this thing, medical cannabis oil for children. In Kentucky! 98-0! I look around. Parents are elated, but somber too. A room full of people that finally get to exhale, but not completely. Never completely. Our kids' lives are about to get better, but they will never be great. One of them has a seizure on The House floor while a nearby legislator looks on, weeping. There will always be feeding tubes, wheelchairs. The infant sitting next to me will still have a life expectancy of two. My son will still have to make his way in a world that assaults his senses while his mother fights for her life. But we smile because we know it is a great day. Our children may one day have less seizures and some of them might even live longer now. For today that is enough.
*This is the project I have been working on all winter has kept me from Moonbeams and Eco-Dreams. The week this passed we were asked to write a vignette in my writing workshop. I was still processing my emotions from the day and this came out as part two of what will eventually be a three part vignette.
Path Cleared for Final Passage of Kentucky Cannabis Oil Bill - Wave 3 News
Monday, April 7, 2014
My last two Amazon.com affiliate checks together yielded enough earnings to fund not one but TWO new Kiva borrowers. Thank you, readers, for supporting this project.
This time our loan was issued to Flor Y Cielo, a small community bank in Bolivia. Flor has eight members who run a variety of businesses like cattle rearing, farming, delivery driving, and store ownership. Hard working entrepreneurs in the developing world like Flor Y Cielo are unable to access traditional bank loans to expand their businesses due to lack of collateral. Kiva and crowd source donors such as yourselves make it possible for these families to lift themselves out of poverty.
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Saturday, April 5, 2014
A few years ago I had the dream of turning this blog into a mini micro-lending foundation to benefit low income entrepreneurs in the developing world through the non-profit organization Kiva. Since this blog does not receive a lot of traffic I wasn't sure how the project would go. And for the first year it didn't. But once I posted about how I cured my intractable insomnia with a light box and by wearing blue blocker glasses at night, information I found in medical databases, the project really took off. People started buying light boxes and blue blockers from my Amazon.com affiliate links on the page and shared the link with other insomniacs.
Then I noticed something else: people weren't only buying light boxes and blue blockers, but unrelated items. It appears some people are now people going out of the way to access Amazon for their routine purchases through banners on this page to help with the project, which is wonderful. The blog has been lately earning enough now to issue about three loans monthly. There is a few months' delay to when I receive payments, so the full amount of loans we will issue remains to be seen, but I can tell by my sales statistics that the number keeps growing. And remember, once each loan is re-paid those funds are issued to other borrowers in a continuous cycle. Moonbeams and Eco-Dreams has indeed become the mini foundation of my dreams. Thank you, readers. You are making a difference.
Now, about Hamid. He is a farmer from Tajikistan. Many of the countries served by Kiva to not have state funded public education, so if parents cannot come up with the resources the children can't go to school. Hamid still has one child to get through school, so he wants to cultivate a new plot of land to help cover education costs. He will use the funds to buy seedlings and mineral fertilizers.
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