Thanks CS for tipping us off to a really cool organization that connects people like us to folks around the world who are needing a small loan. Matt and I are really excited to have been able to give to such a worthy need. We made a small loan to a lady who is starting her own business selling dried fruits in Tajikistan and we will be able to track with her business progress at this site. The goal is that she will repay us and then we can reinvest the money with another family/ individual. Check it out if you're at all interested... it's an excellent education just to get to learn about this kind of work, and it's an excellent, exciting opportunity to give. And you can give gift certificates to people so they can give to the person of their choice on the kiva site. super cool.