Help out [fruit] businesses in the developing world
I found Kiva a while back, and thought it seemed like a good idea, but never got around to loaning anything (I won't bother to explain how it works...check out their site if you're interested). Tonight I sort of rediscovered it, and also found that they now have a lending "teams" feature.
There are often business that involve growing or selling fruit, and although lots and lots of businesses on there are worthy causes, I have a special place in my heart for these. In addition, I truly think that fruit can be a means of improving not only one's prosperity (which I would hope in such cases it does) but also one's health and quality of life.
Lack of capital for startup or expansion can be a major hurdle to any business--and even a small loan is normally unattainable to much of the world's population.
So, anyway, I've started a "Fruit Blog Lenders" team on Kiva, and would invite anyone who's interested to join (you won't be tied into lending through the team, and I certainly will not hold any one who does join to lending only to fruit business, even myself--consider it a general theme, but I'm more concerned about helping out in general than promoting fruit in specific.) Even if you don't want to join our team (I know, I know, you're embarrassed to be seen with me) please considering lending a little something through Kiva. Think of it as charity for cheap people. Or you can think of it as an easy way to change lives. (Whichever works for you).
Unfortunately (well, fortunately in that it represents a success, unfortunate because it keeps me from doing anything) there are no unfunded loans at the minute. Pretty exciting, really, because in the past there have been dozens and dozens. But keep looking, because I'm sure there'll be more soon.