Kevin Kelly has put together a great article on the ways of contributing to micro-loans organisations throughout the world. You may remember that the winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace this year was Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank for pioneering the concept of micro-loans. It reminds me of the old parable
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you fee him for life.
Go one better and allow a man or woman to invest in a business for life.