Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Day 199: Willing & Able To Give 10%

Kindness can lead to inspiration.  Maybe you see someone hold the door for a stranger and you are inspired to do the same.  Maybe you see someone drop a few coins into the cup of a homeless person and decide to volunteer at a soup kitchen.  Maybe you follow in the path of a loved one who gave to the less fortunate throughout their whole life.  The latter statement is exactly what my friend Rupal Amin did.  Starting as a young boy and continuing on throughout his life, Dr. Chhotubhai Patel, Rupal's grandfather, gave 10% of all of his income to charity.  This selflessness inspired Rupal to launch Andable; the world's first ethical shopping marketplace where a percentage of all sales go towards funding micro loans for people in the developing world.  Rupal wanted to create a new way to help those in poverty and that is exactly what Andable does. Giving those in impoverished areas the access to basic financial services empowers them to make change both for themselves and their community.  Beyond simply funding the micro loans, Andable also gives opportunity to small businesses (all of which fall into at least one of their FRESH catagories) to reach a broader scope, thus giving them the chance to grow.  So today, for my random act of kindness, I purchased a pair of tights for my daughter, so that 10% of the purchase can go towards a loan.  If you are doing online shopping, I ask that you take a look at Andable.  There are tons of awesome items on there, and at the end of the day, your purchase goes towards an incredible cause.

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