Have $25 in your wallet? Here are a few things that you can get for your money–all under $25:
- A $25 Kiva Loan to help entrepreneurs in developing countries
- A $25 investment microloan at Microplace.com, which earns interest
- 132 packets of Ramen noodles (maybe more)
- 2 malaria bednets
- Teach 15 Afghan women to read
- One session of chemotherapy for a poor patient with eye cancer in India
- A Starbucks Project(Red) Water Bottle ($1 goes to Africa)
- 2 movie tickets to go see Zombieland
- Irrigate a farmer’s land for 2 months
- Buy “My Learning Cloth Clown Doll” on WorldofGood.com (check out the link — lots of social and economic impact from one simple purchase)
- Provide a year of primary school education for a girl who has been rescued from virtual slavery
- Pay for half of a cataract surgery to cure blindness in Africa at Unite for Sight
- Pay for about half of a Yale hoodie
- A 4-pack of Tom’s of Maine Cleansing Mouthwash, Spearmint (reviewed at GoodGuide.com)
- A cooking stove for displaced women
- 2 of 3 life-changing books: Half the Sky, The Blue Sweater, Mountains Beyond Mountains
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince DVD (2-disc Limited Edition)
- A school meal program for one child.
- A disease prevention kit for families after a natural disaster.
- The entire Taylor Swift discography (almost).
- 0.54 shares of the stock KLD (KLD’s select social index ETF – basically, a group of socially-responsible companies)
- About 10 gallons of gasoline.
- Two large pizzas.
- Provide a classroom blackboard in Zambia.
- Provide one day of food for 50 survivors at a disaster relief facility.
There are lots of good ways to spend $25. To be quite honest, putting this list together will likely make me a little more thoughtful next time I drop $20.
What’s your favorite way to spend $25?