I'm interested in China, money, and helping people. But after checking out http://www.wokai.org, I think this website would appeal if you're just into finding a new way to do something good for the world, You can look at the business ideas of impoverished yet incredibly resourceful people in the rural provinces of China and lend small amounts of money ($20) to them directly through the website! After using this site (a friend got me a gift certificate for Christmas), I love keeping tabs on loan repayments and other updates in the borrower's lives. Wokai's "My Impact" section is also fantastic--it shows who else in my area is contributing to the same borrowers. Major props to Wokai--you've found a way to stretch helping hands from California all the way to Sichuan and Inner Mongolia.
This is a wonderful organization. I've been impressed with how this group is trying to make a difference in rural China. I'm so glad that they are giving women opportunities to be self sufficient and help their families. Wokai is run by an impressive group from the Millenium Generation (20-30 year olds). As a senior citizen (age 80+), it's inspirational to see how people with passion and vision can make a difference for the poverty-sticken in rural China. I recommend this to others!