Today, I found a charity that seems to be quite effective. KickStart, a charity that helps with irrigation in Africa.

I have not done a full diligence but KickStart seems to be on the right track emphasizing measurement and working with other organizations to measure its impact.

Also, its business model of adapting the products to the farmers and providing financing seems very effective!

Although I like the charity and will look into supporting it, there were some questions that popped in my mind.

First, what are the unintended consequences. Farmers do very well after using KickStart product. Doesn’t excess production lead to decrease in price and excessive income lead to inflation in the local economy? I am reminded of Millenium Village’s failure because there was too much production, which lead to a price collapse. Always be wary of unintended consequences.

Second, why does Kickstart have less income and less assets in 2015 compared to 2014? If it is so effective why is it not growing more quickly?

I will do a due diligence once my schedule gets less hectic.

Until then remember that giving is better than receiving šŸ˜€

Proverbs 19:17

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done