We are proud to be a part of Kiva, a microlending organization that connects regular people like us who want to help entrepreneurs in poverty-stricken areas to be successful in their small businesses. With Kiva, lenders can choose where their money goes by selecting an entrepreneur based on preferences like geographic region, business sector, the terms of the loan, and even gender. As of November of 2009, Kiva had facilitated over $100 million in loans. (They also now allow funding of loans to U.S. entrepreneurs).
As we watch the snow melt, we’ve been going through our photos, comparing last year’s weather to this year… big difference! While waxing nostalgic about how last February, our crocuses had begun to bloom by the middle of the month compared to this February, when our White Garden is literally white — covered in a blanket of pristine white snow — we realized that it’s very easy to take pretty pictures here in the mountains of Western North Carolina; no matter what time of year it is, the scenery just makes you smile.
Yes, that’s right. We said Groundpug Day. Since we haven’t seen any groundhogs lately in our neck of the woods near Asheville, North Carolina, we at the Inn on Mill Creek decided to check in with our own hibernation expert and one-half of our innpug duo, Csaba (pronounced “Chubba”), to see if he would act as our weather predictor this morning. It could be that the Inn on Mill Creek is a very relaxing place to be, or it could be that Csaba is lazy, (we like to think it’s a combination of the two), but he is very much an expert at napping.