Monday, March 2, 2009

Cycling for Microloans to Bolivia and Kenya

Today’s blog is for all you cyclists out there.
SWAN, a local humanitarian organization that does microcredits to poor women in Kenya and Bolivia, is sponsoring a non-competitive century (100-mile) ride through some of the most beautiful (mostly flat) country you’ll ever see.
There is also a metric century (about 60 miles) for those who are less masochistic, and a family fun ride that is about 12 miles.
The ride takes place the first weekend in June in Sedro Woolley, Washington. Rhododendrons and lots of other things will be in bloom, and the ride takes you alongside the Skagit River and out to Padilla Bay which is on Puget Sound.
The ride coincides with Sedro Woolley's Blast from the Past which features a street fair and vintage car show, and it’s small town America at its Norman-Rockwell best.
Check out the web site for the century ride at , and please send the link to anyone you know who is into cycling or who would like to get into it. This is truly a worthy cause, and you can be sure that all the proceeds from the ride will go to funding microcredits.
To see SWAN (Serving Women Across Nations) in action, go to You can also click here or here to read about some of the microloans that have been given out to women in Bolivia by SWAN.
If anyone would be willing to put the Century Ride logo and link on their blog to help publicize this worthy cause, email me at
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