Kiva is a wonderful initiative that allows folk in rich, fortunate countries like Australia to invest in micro-credit schemes in developing countries. I first heard about it on a BBC Worldservice radio program and the first time I visited the web site I was hooked :)
Have a look at this wonderful video, made by a Kiva volunteer from the UK, and then visit www.kiva.org
(What's this got to do with running you ask ? Well, for me, running is about a community of people sharing a common passion and helping and encouraging each other to achieve their best. It's a short hop from that to Kiva)
A Fistful Of Dollars: The Story of a Kiva.org Loan from Kieran Ball on Vimeo.