Suleman is a 31 year old, tie salesman from Nigeria.
9 months ago, Suleman asked for a $650 loan to grow his business and build a better life for himself and his family. 9 complete strangers decided to loan Suleman the full amount.
I put in $25.
That was 9 months ago.
Yesterday he paid the final installment on his loan!
I was pumped. I imagine Suleman was too.
One of my goals on The Impossible List is to help fund 100 entrepreneurs build better lives for themselves through Kiva, a micro-financing organization. Currently I’ve made six loans. Suleman was the first one I lent to and the first to pay his back.
I would say I was “proud” of accomplishing a small part of one of my goals, but that’s not what this is really about. It’s not about me. What I’m really proud of is Suleman, his drive, ability and integrity in taking the initiative for his business and following through in paying back what he borrowed. He’s the one out there doing something “impossible” and making a better life for himself and his family. I just put a paltry $25 towards it. He did the work. He made it happen.
Even though I’ll probably never get the chance to meet him, I wanted to congratulate Suleman on a job well done :). Thanks for inspiring me in what I’m doing from halfway across the world.
If you don’t know what Kiva is, check out this short video on how it works and look into it. You could change someone’s life…heck, they might just change yours…
Postscript #1 – Here’s my lender page, so you know I’m not just blowing smoke. I actually do this myself.
Postscript #2 – If you need help getting set up on Kiva, or want more info, send me an email or just hit me up on twitter, I’d love to talk to you about it. Also, be sure to check out these resources below: