January 11, 2010

Kiva & Lending

Kiva: Loans that Change Lives
From Frank Hanna's What Your Money Means:
"Rabbis of the Talmud taught that the primary purpose of charity is to help others help themselves. Also, many Talmudic laws sought to protect the poor from the shame of dependency, emphasizing the dignity of the charity recipient....Consider as well what the rabbis of the Talmud deemed the most meritorious form of dispensing charity: loands, which recipients are expected to repay. 'He who lends is greater than he who performs charity, and he who puts in capital to form a partnership with the poor is greater than all.'"

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