The "Relentless Grace" blog has a great story about making microloans personal. This is exactly what I saw when we visited Uganda, where the Katosi Women Fishing and Development Association helped dozens of families start income producing activities through microloans to buy cattle and pigs to raise, bicycles to transport people and goods, and more. We make this personal through gifts to ELCA World Hunger which funnels international development funds through partners like Lutheran World Relief who work directly with the Katosi women.
I do have to say that it is cool, though, that he is a "partner" in such a business through funds transferred by PayPal! Talk about making it a smaller world.