The Spiritual Naturalist Society Compassion Fund is used by the Society to help those in need. As our organization is still new, this fund is very small but growing, thanks to our members and donations from people like you. It is currently being used in the form of micro-loans to the poor, through the Kiva organization (kiva.org), given the highest rating by charitynavigator.org for financial solvency, accountability and transparency. With your help, we can grow this fund over time to enable us to do more for more people.
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Here are the people this fund is currently helping…
Yuliyanti lives in Indonesia. Our loan will help her build a clean sanitation and water sources facility to improve access to sanitation and water sources for their family.
Pọm, Hiền, and Minh
Mrs. Pom, is a Thai ethnic woman. She lives with her husband and her son in Mai Son district, Son La province. She wants to repair her house, but she does not have enough money to buy building materials.
The following are those who have been helped by loans from our Society’s Compassion Fund in the past…
Perus is aged 32 and the mother of two children. She used our loan to support labor costs and buy fertilizers during rice production. The agriculture sector is important to Rwanda but farmers have a hard time getting loans.
Sharon lives in Kenya with her husband and two school-going children. She has always loved farming and hopes to get a dairy cow, as milk is in high demand in her area. She plans to use the cow to help fertilize her crops as well. She says this will change her life and help secure a future for her children.
Magola Del Carmen
Magola is a 43 year old single mother living with two children and a granddaughter in Equador, where the average income is $10,200 per year. Magola and her children live in a small home with no electricity. She works as a day laborer and raises animals to support her family. She hopes to purchase a cow to use as income in order to raise her family’s quality of life.
Nepal Earthquake Relief
On April 26, 2015, the Spiritual Naturalist Society made a donation to help those harmed in the Nepal earthquake. Unlike most of the other activities on this page, this was an outright donation (not a loan) and not handled through Kiva. The charity, Direct Relief, has very good ratings on Charity Navigator and 99% of the money goes toward the cause after operating costs, which is phenomenal: www.directrelief.org.
San Antonio De Padua-San Salvador Group
The average annual income in Peru is less than $7,000. The featured borrower is Lourdes, who is a 52-year-old widow. She works in her grocery shop, from 8am until 9pm, selling essentials such as rice, sugar, milk and oil. She is applying for the loan to buy supplies in the hopes of growing her shop. Other group members work selling meat, livestock, groceries, and making dresses.
La Réponse Group
The DR Congo is one of the world’s most impoverished countries. Brigitte, is advisor to the “La Réponse” business group. She is a young and dynamic entrepreneur, 30 years of age and mother of four children, all in school. Her husband is a trader of various merchandise. She sells shoes in the market. This new loan will be used to buy six bales of worn shoes. In the future, she wants to build a home and further her children’s education.
Les Cheribins Group
The Les Cheribins group is a group of unbanked poor women working to support their children and become more autonomous in the DR Congo, Africa. The DR Congo is one of the world’s most impoverished countries with some of the highest rates of starvation. The group is lead by a woman named Mwadjuma, who sells foodstuffs in her own business. Our organization is one of several loaners helping with the investment of flour, salt, and tomatoes. Mwadjuma would like to increase her sales and see her children grow up.
“Although our organization emphasizes personal development and materials that help our members work on the person in the mirror, this has always been with the understanding that spiritually fortified persons are more capable of doing good in the world. While this fund is small at the moment, all help for those in need is important. We have said that compassion is the foundation of our practice and I’m so excited that the Society is, in some humble way, now able to put its money where its mouth is! This is only possible because of our donors and those who choose to join our Society as Supporting Members.” –Daniel Strain, Executive Director