To take action on the theme of World Environment Day in 2012 "Green Economy: Does it Include You?", we launched a Kiva lending team to support micro-enterprises that promote a more sustainable way of living and doing business.
How Kiva works: you simply loan a minimum of US$25 to a micro-enterprise in a developing country and it gets paid back over time. Lending teams are self-organised groups where members connect and rally around shared lending goals.
Purpose of our team: to support a Green Economy, a more sustainable way of doing business - one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.
How to join our team: when registering your account, nominate your preferred team. That means that your loan appears on our community page to spread the word about loans that consider resource efficiency, lowering carbon emissions, organic farming, or other environmentally responsible projects.
We would love you to join our Kiva lending team by » visiting Kiva.org and making a loan. Our team is called Green Economy Biome.
Some of the groups we have supported through in store gift wrapping, prize support & events:
Ipswich Koala Protection Society :: runs an Ambulance and volunteer carer service for injured koalas, possums, wallabies and fruit bats.
Uplift Project :: For women in disadvantaged communities a bra is often unobtainable or unaffordable. Uplift Project collects new and second hand bras and distributes them where required.
The Wilderness Society :: is a national, community-based, environmental advocacy organisation whose purpose is to protect, promote and restore wilderness and natural processes across Australia for the survival and ongoing evolution of life on Earth.
Australian Koala Foundation's Save the Koala Month in September :: in honour of Save the Koala Month, Biome sponsors a wild koala through the Australian Koala Foundation's foster program.
WWF's National Threatened Species Day :: focuses attention on a small number of charismatic and endangered species that can act as ambassadors for Australia's threatened wildlife through their WWF National Threatened Species Day held on 7 September which commemorates the death of the last Tasmanian tiger at Hobart Zoo in 1936.
Rainforest Rescue :: re-establish rainforests through planting, maintenance and restoration programs, as well as purchasing and protecting high conservation value rainforest. Projects in Tasmania, Equador, Daintree, the Cassowary in Mission Beach.
Friends of the Earth :: grassroots community-based activist organization which works towards an ecologically sustainable and socially equitable society. Campaigns include indigenous land rights, nano technology, safe food, saving forests.
Still Wild Still Threatened :: advocates for the immediate formal protection of Tasmania’s precious Southern Forests using lobbying, community education, research, exploration and frontline direct action. Including the longest running blockade in Tasmania protecting the Florintine Forrest.
Conservation Volunteers Wild Futures program :: gets volunteers to roll up their sleeves through expert-approved conservation actions to save threatened species.
Borneo Orangutan Survival Australia :: primates helping primates. Working to rescue and rehabilitate orangutans and return them to areas of forest large enough to support a viable population.
The Australian Marine Conservation Society :: the voice for Australia's oceans protect our ocean wildlife, make our fisheries sustainable and create places in the sea where our precious ocean animals are safe from harm.
Sea Shepherd :: supports ocean conservation by using direct-action tactics to investigate, document and protect the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife.
The Nature Conservation Council :: aims to maximize the preservation and protection of nature through advocacy, education and community empowerment.
Australian Association of Environmental Educators :: supports the skills development of environmental educators and helps them to stay at the forefront of sustainability education and behaviour change.
Beagle Club of Queensland Welfare Committee :: raises funds to actively educate the public about animal testing as Beagles being one of the most tested on animals.
West Brisbane Greens :: which encompasses electorates of Indooroopilly and Moggill has a long history of being one of the most active branches of the Greens in Queensland and one to achieve the highest electoral results at local state and federal levels.
Fossil Free Monash :: An environmental campaign at Monash University committed to ending the University's economic involvement with the fossil fuel industry.
Volunteer Eco Students Abroad Program (VESA) :: works collectively with indigenous village communities to create positive and lasting change through self-funded volunteer projects.