Sylvia Chappell Memorial Fund at

Sylvia ChappellSeveral people have asked if there is some memorial that they could donate to in memory of Sylvia, so I have set up an account at the micro-lender in her name.

Anyone who is interested can just send a gift certificate to

I will lend the money out to third-world entrepreneurs in her name, and as the loans are repaid, will initiate new loans to new entrepreneurs.

You can track the progress of the loans initiated by the fund here.

…and isn’t this a lovely photo of Sylvia, by the way? Look at that smile!


  1. Tom Chappell wrote:

    I had already received $150 of undirected gifts in memory of Sylvia; those are already at work around the world, which you can see here.

  2. Tom Chappell wrote:

    At $600, Sylvia’s memorial fund now has 24 active loans to third-world entrepreneurs.

    Thanks to everyone who has donated!

  3. Tom Chappell wrote:

    At $625, Sylvia’s memorial fund now has enough money for 25 active loans at any time.

    That’s pretty good, and I’ll kick in a 5% donation to Kiva whenever a new loan is originated, so that will help them, and then when I check out, all of the repaid loans will eventually revert to Kiva donations. Should be a long time from now, of course.

    Let’s see: to help 1,000 people around the world, I’ll have to live another 40 years or so. Wow, that sounds like a long time. Maybe I’ll just keep adding to Sylvia’s fund little by little until I only have to live another 20 years.

    Or (or!) rope in Sean to manage the thing after me. Oh, we’d help 1,000 people, easy, then. Gotta write a will.

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