>> Sunday, December 07, 2014
I get a little bit annoyed when someone buys me 'a goat' for Christmas. It's a juxtaposition, I know I should get a warm fuzzy feeling inside but I also wanted something for 'me'. You just put your goat to one side and poof the fun is gone.
But I do like giving (and receiving) Deki loans as gifts because the person you give it to has to do something with it. They decide who to loan the money to and they get the money back for themselves at the end of it. It's a hands on charitable gift.
Deki is a charity designed to help people work their way out of poverty, so the loans don’t generate profits for lenders.
This is a great way to give money as a gift to a tween or teen and let them make a difference to a life but with complete autonomy, they choose who, what for and they will see the money come back to them.
To give a loan as a gift you just pay for it and print out a gift voucher, they have something to unwrap and then they can do their favourite thing - log onto the internet!
And remember the money does come back to them and if they want to they can take it back for themselves and buy the iTunes voucher they always dreamed of, or they can re-lend it to another person of their choice.
I think it's a great way to introduce children to charitable giving, to give them a sense of being part of one large world and learn that as individuals they can make a difference to someone very far away.
The fact that they can have the money in the end if they want it makes it different to your standard 'goat' or 'mosquito net' gift. But maybe they will re-lend it so that it really can be the gift that keeps on giving.