Friday, 6 April 2012

Friday is Share Day!

At F's kindergarten they have a really lovely tradition. Every Friday is Share Day and in the afternoon all the children bring in something to share with their classmates. Often the children bring food (and a bit too much tooth-rot for my liking!) but they can also choose to bring a favourite book or toy to share with their classmates.

I really like this, so I'm going to start doing it too. Every Friday (or thereabouts, starting late as usual!) I'm going to share something that I've found, something I like or something that's inspired me.

Sadly I can't reach through the internet and offer round biscuits but this is my online equivalent.

I'd really love it if you'd join me and share something to.

To start off I'd like to tell you about It's a really brilliant Microfinance initiative from CARE International UK, a wonderful poverty focused global charity. Basically it enables members to make small personal loans so people in developing countries. Last week we lent money to Ginaflor Vidal in the Philippines to enable her to extend the product range of her market stall. She's a young mother like me and it's a privilege to be able to help her improve her life. When her loan is repaid we will lend the money again. It's a fantastic model and I'm really delighted to be getting involved. 

We don't have a lot of money but I think that most of us can probably find a bit of cash to free up and this way, your money can be 'recycled' and over time help a lot of different people.  We are so fortunate in the West, so why not share some of what you have?

An American charity with the same aims is Kiva

Have you discovered anything brilliant recently that you'd like to share?


  1. Really inspiring, Ailsa. Sharing is so important for slowing down and not letting the rapacious West determine our spending habits and way of life. This Friday, I have shared my love with close friends with a meal together in the spring sunshine. Keep up the wonderful writing-so looking forward to the next one. Thank you, Ailsa.

  2. Thanks very much James for your lovely comment and kind words. There is simply nothing better than sharing food outside with friends or family is there? Breakfast outdoors will be the start of my weekend tomorrow, it's such a simple pleasure but it makes me very happy.