She has successfully protected Pandora’s Unobtanium resources, now “Avatar” actress Zoe Saldana is lending a hand to Haiti. The Hollywood “it” girl has been working with the Foundation for International Community Assistance, or FINCA, to promote “village banking” in Haiti.
“Village banking” is what FINCA calls their program to get small loans to those in need to help them rebuild. In essence, it’s a form of micro-lending in which FINCA pulls money from various sources in order to be able to loan the money to Haitians at the lowest interest rate possible. FINCA has been operating village banking campaigns all over the world for the past two decades.
Saldana has joined FINCA’s “Hands Up For Haiti” campaign, appearing in a PSA video to get others involved as well. In the video, Saldana explains the importance of the campaign in helping Haitian women rebuild the lives of their families after the disastrous earthquake. “When the quake hit, FINCA first made sure their clients and staff were safe,” said Saldana, “then they talked with each and every client to assess how they had been impacted. The first thing they did was forgive the loans of 4,500 clients to help protect the remaining assets and enable them to restart their businesses without a debt burden.”
You can visit the site at FINCA.org and donate to help the organization’s 8,000 clients rebuild their lives with small loans. And make sure to watch the video below: