Wet Tropics Management Authority staff raised $175 to help people in poverty stricken countries as part of International Women’s Day.
Calling themselves the ‘Women of the Wet Tropics’, a talented selection of the Authority’s female staff members cooked, baked and presented a culinary buffet for their International Women’s Day morning tea.
Staff members were invited to dine for a small fee that went towards the fundraising event.
Tracy Laird who organised this year’s morning tea and fundraising said “Being a family orientated workplace it was only fitting that we help other people in need to support their families.”
The funds were donated through Kiva, a non-profit organisation that connects people through lending to alleviate poverty. Kiva uses the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions to enable people to lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.
Women of the Wet Tropics chose 7 loan recipients:
• Violet from Kenya to buy a cow
• Maingi from Kenya to assist him with his farm business
• Florenico from Bolivia to buy a new shoe making machine
• Roy Louis from Peru to help with his garage business
• Esther from Kenya to purchase goods for her food stall
• Maria from Colombia to purchase materials for her sewing business and
• Handmaa from Mongolia to purchase clothing items for her clothing business (who has already repaid her loan).
Once the loan is repaid the funds are then redistributed to other people in need. For more information visit http://www.kiva.org/