The move to living more of our lives on our screens presents us with charitable opportunities online. Helping others through microfinance may be an effective way to bring about positive transformation in the lives of others, but sometimes aspects of online lending programs that are invisible to us, such as high interest rates, negatively affect borrowers. In this essay I provide a brief overview of microfinance and discuss why responsible lending is essential, using two online microfinance institutions as examples. I conclude by proposing a guide for lending intelligently and responsibly online. (http://digitalud.dbq.edu/ojs/index.php/character/article/view/18)
Students in the Spring 2016 Intercultural Communication class at the University of Dubuque raised $706.50 for Empower Nepali Girls (http://www.empowernepaligirls.org). They exceeded their goal of $340 to help two Nepali girls attend school for a year. Many thanks to the University of Dubuque Community and the patrons of The Smokestack on 62 E 7th St, Dubuque, Iowa 52001. A special thank you to Keri Schwanekamp for her remarkable leadership, and a big thank you to the owners of The Smokestack (Scott Cornwell & Susan Price) & Susan's Father for their generous donation and hospitality during the fundraiser. Great atmosphere at The Smokestack! Excellent service(www.smokestackdbq.com/). Proud of my students.
Many thanks to Prof. Sara Safari (http://www.sarasafari.com/) for sharing her amazing story with my class and providing this opportunity for students.
*Photo (Screen Shot) from: www.facebook.com/events/1743257739325421/