Microstock = Microloans

posted on 28th of september, 2011

A year ago I decided to donate whatever funds I made from selling microstock images to women entrepreneurs in third world countries. I do this by lending money through microloans at Kiva.org. Each loan helps a woman who is working hard to fight poverty and support her family by having her own business. The loan is usually low or no interest and is paid back in small increments. After a loan is paid back, I reinvest the money in new loans - thereby, keeping an ongoing flow of loans going from my modest microstock profits. Today I made my 16th microloan!

My entrepreneurs come from all over the world - Peru, Kyrgyzstan, Columbia, Kenya, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Chile, Lebanon, Uganda, Cambodia and the Philippines. They have small retail shops, sell produce, raise cattle - one has even established a business renting washing machines! How incredible that sales from my microstock, such as the image shown here, can help others in such an amazing way. My mantra: "Microstock = Microloans".

Comments (9)

Posted by Trottola on September 30, 2011
Congratulations for your idea! I really wish you many sales to help many people in the world!
Posted by Egomezta on September 29, 2011
That's is amazing, congratulations for your work helping many people around the world.
Posted by Laroach on September 29, 2011
Thank you all for the encouraging comments. I hope this inspires other microstock photogs (like Brett from the UK) to share a little bit of their earnings through microloans. Let's start a movement!
Posted by Laurasinelle on September 29, 2011
Just great!
Posted by BCritchley on September 29, 2011
Thanks for bringing this up, it's something I was going to do then terribly forgot all about it. I cashed out yesterday and will put $200 into it just as soon as the funds are through :-) Good work :-)

Brett, UK.
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on September 29, 2011
What a wonderful gesture! My hats off to you.
Posted by FabioConcetta on September 29, 2011
Congratulations on what you do!This is something praiseworthy
Posted by Dark3y3s on September 29, 2011
Beautiful! ♥
Posted by Picstudio on September 29, 2011
You are doing a great work, well done.

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Photo credits: Louise Roach.

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I've been a photographer for over 35 years. My background ranges from portraits and weddings to fine art and industrial photography. Now I just photograph for fun and enjoy whatever passes in front of my camera.

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