The Six Swans, my book with Coming Together: Neat, pays royalties into the micro-lending service Kiva. I promised to post updates about where the royalties were going.
I've just made a loan to Kristine, a woman in the Philippines looking to stock her store with electric fans, rice cookers, and the like.
Kristine caught my eye because she's used Kiva to steadily improve her business. This looks like her third loan with Kiva, and if you click to go back to previous efforts, you can see that she started with a direct sales service, no store. I think it's cool to see her using the system so well.
If you'd like to see more about the Kiva loans I've made, you can check out my lender page here.
If you'd like to read more about why I decided to publish with Coming Together: Neat, you can do so here.
The line has also been pretty active this year. You can see all the books in the Coming Together: Neat line here.