Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a great holiday season and are off to a great start to 2008.
We had a great holiday with Dana's mother joining us and my friend Trent out as well. It's great to have family around for the holidays.
One of our gifts to each other were Kiva gift certificates. Kiva is the micro-finance company that takes your loan and distributes it to people who are trying to build or start a business in a developing nation. When they repay the loan, you can get your money back or loan it to someone else. It's a great idea and an easy way to help people out.
I loaned my $25 to Hadjaga Fattahov (pictured above) in Azerbaijan. He wants to take the $1200 USD and expand his shop and buy more clothes to sell. I choose Hadjaga because he looked so humble yet proud of his store in his picture. It's also good to have his photo because if he doesn't repay me the $25 dollars, I'm flying to Azerbaijan and taking a bat to his knee...just joking.
We also gave gift certificates to our niece and nephews and Dana's mother and sister. It's too cool. If you're not sure of what to get someone, this is a great idea.
We're just chilling in Santiago right now. We'll be traveling to the south of Chile at the end of the month and hanging out in lake country. Should be nice and maybe we'll see an active volcano or some goofy penguins or something like that.
Anyway, peace out from the Kitch family!
Love Derwin, Dana, Kirsi and Simba