It is not uncommon for me to ask someone what motivates them to want to achieve a high level of success. More times than not the response is something like this, “The more successful I am the more I can give back.”
As I think of those in my circle of influence, I would say this holds true for all of them. Yes, I have some amazing people in my life.
One of my dear friends and colleagues, Denise Wakeman of the The Blog Squad, definitely walks the talk when it comes to a successful entrepreneur who is giving back.
Actually, Denise is combining giving back with the celebration of her 50th birthday in the month of June. There are several organizations Denise supports, but one that is very near and dear to her heart is the Kiva Project. This is one of the most incredible organizations in that thousands of individuals are being given the opportunity to fulfill their dream of owning a business.
However, the types of businesses may be very different than what those of us who run a business perceive as a successful business.  Here’s just a bit about Kiva.
Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.
Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.
The people you see on Kiva’s site are real individuals in need of funding – not marketing material. When you browse entrepreneurs’ profiles on the site, choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan, you are helping a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can relend to someone else in need.
In celebration of her birthday Denise has a goal of encouraging folks around the world to contribute to the Kiva Foundation and raise at least $5,000.
I was so impressed with what Kiva is doing I immediately made a loan (yes, you give a loan that is to be paid back by the borrower).
Something I know to be a universal law is, “The more we give with an open heart and an open hand, the more abundance we create for others and the more we attract abundance to ourselves.
Won’t you set the wheels in motion and see what Denise is up to? Won’t you share your abundance with those who so desperately need the sharing of others?

Click here to learn more about what Denise is doing and to make a small loan.