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SDSS students invest in micro-loans through fundraising
by Sandy Lindsay

December 13, 2016
www.saugeentimes.com

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Students at Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) will be out in the community carrying out various fundraising ventures with a ‘twist’.

 They are raising money for a gift that will keep on giving. The money they raise will help provide a "hand up" as students invest in micro-loans which improve the lives of individuals, their families and the communities they live in.

The Grade 10 Career Studies and Civics classes get to choose who they will lend money to through Kiva, a non-profit organization that connect lenders to individuals and groups of borrowers in over 80 countries.

"By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school or realize their potential. Since it’s a loan, not a donation, you can recycle the same funds over and over to multiply your impact. Through Kiva, each of us has the power to create opportunity and help others work towards their dreams – whether it’s a loan to a farmer in rural Kenya or a rooftop farmer in Detroit." (www.kiva.org)

Fundraising ventures that you might see out in the community are: snow shoveling ; bottle drives; bake sale; trail rides; Indian taco sale; donation boxes and gift wrapping. At SDSS there will be a: popcorn sale; hot chocolate sale; bake sale and Christmas cookies and squares by the dozen sale.

Community support of SDSS as the students endeavor to enhance their global citizenship skills and knowledge is a gift that will keep on giving.

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