#12DaysOfGiving Day 11: Lisa Hammond @thebarefootceo & Grameen America

Lisa HammondFor Day 11 of the #12DaysOfGiving challenge, we are thrilled to feature Lisa Hammond, The Barefoot CEO (@TheBarefootCEO).

Lisa is a powerhouse of a woman making an impact on the planet, and we are fortunate enough to be connected to her through my good friend Michelle Sedas (@MichelleSedas).

Lisa’s twitter bio reads:

Best Selling Author of Dream Big, and 5 other books. Founder Femail Creations. Passionate about helping others find, follow & reinvent their dreams.

Lisa’s charity of choice, is an incredibly genius organization, Grameen America.

In her own words:

Gifts that Give Back

Last year for Christmas I got a goat, water, a small business in Haiti, and a brain.  Please allow me to explain…

My son donated a goat in my honor through Heifer International.

My daughter donated to Kiva in my honor.  Through Kiva I was able to fund a woman with a micro loan for her business in Haiti.

My husband donated drinking water in my honor to a village through Charity Water.

My sister donated her brain (postmortem of course) in my honor to the Brain Bank at The Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center.  Read the book My Stroke of Insight and you will understand why I am passionate about this research.

Throughout the year these gifts have brought me such joy.  I smile whenever I think about the incredible work these organizations are doing and what a difference they are making.

This year the charity gift that is top on my wish list is a donation to Grameen America.

YunusGrameen American was founded by one of my heroes, Muhammad Yunus.  Professor Yunus began the Grameen Bank, a system that has succeeded with remarkable results in the villages of Bangladesh.  Now Professor Yunus has brought his wisdom and vision to America. Grameen America provides affordable micro-loans to help financially empower low-income entrepreneurs.

There are two ways to contribute to Grameen America online; Micro-Donate by making a small recurring payment each month and become a Village Donor, or donate directly with a one-time contribution.   Either way, it is a gift that will change a life.   Visit Grameen America to learn more and contribute to this worthy cause.

With so many unable to even consider ‘Christmas Shopping’ this year, it seems ironic that many of us are stressed about what to buy and for whom.   This year instead of one more sweater or tie, may I suggest a gift in that person’s honor, a gift that will make a difference throughout the year.

Make the Holidays Bright.

Here’s your chance to give back… Will you help out?


Lisa Hammond
The Barefoot CEO

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  • Thank you, Lovely Lisa, for letting your light shine so that we may all be inspired to give back. You’re exactly right: Do we really need another tie or sweater? 

    Grameen America looks like an amazing charity. It warms my heart to read about this charity which is doing so much good in the world. 

    Thank you again for being a part of #12DaysOfGiving! 

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