THANK YOU for voting everybody! Voting has now closed!
My other website, Lend4Health.org, has been selected by a panel of five judges to be one of 10 finalists in the "Designing for Better Health" competition sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and hosted by Ashoka's Changemakers website.
Online, public voting is currently open through May 28, 2009. The top three entries with the most votes will each win $5,000. Winners will be announced on June 1.
There were 281 entries to this competition, from 29 countries. The fact that Lend4Health was one of the 10 finalists chosen is quite exciting!
To vote, you must first register on the Changemakers website. The link to register and vote is: http://www.changemakers.net/en-us/designingforbetterhealth. You will be required to vote for a total of three entries. Make sure Lend4Health is one of them!
Lend4Health facilitates community-funded, interest-free micro-loans as a creative funding option for individuals and groups seeking optimal health. Currently, Lend4Health is facilitating loans for the "biomedical" treatment of children and adults with autism spectrum and related disorders. Other health issues may be included on Lend4Health in the future.
To date, approximately $24,000 in micro-loans has been facilitated by Lend4Health for 40 families pursuing biomedical treatments for their children. Fifteen of those loans have been fully repaid, with money going back to the original lenders and made available for re-lending to subsequent families.