[tabi] Re: I have an idea for TCB, NFB, and the Lighthouse

  • From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2009 23:32:00 -0500

Thanks Victoria.

Well, I hope nfb and TCB will talk about it; I'm sorry to see the Lighthouse
isn't really interested in participating, and I disagree about the
complexity of record keeping; that is, since we would not be accountible to
some funding source for every dollar, we would not have to do a lot of
accounting tasks that the charities to hand out money would normally have to

we'd really only have to track who made what payments, and deposit the

the other admin tasks would be a committee who would have to evaluate

I think the no interest, and no financial qualifications part of this idea
are important ones.



-----Original Message-----
From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Yvonne Britton
Sent: Saturday, November 21, 2009 6:41 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: I have an idea for TCB, NFB, and the Lighthouse

I think this would be a good idea Chip. I am saying this from my own
experience with FAAST. I went to them and ask for a loan so I could purchase
a new computer and they said that I should not want to get myself in debt. I
feel like if I want to borrow money for something I need to better myself I
should be the one who can decide if I can afford it or not. . Things that we
how are  in the blind  community need things that are too expensive and if
we can not get a loan to buy something I think is very wrong. You should
have the mind to decide if you can afford what ever you might need. We have
this organization and we deserve a chance.There some of us who don't have
jobs but we do have a income so therefore we should have a chance to get
what we need. I myself am tried of putting my money in a refurbish computer
and there are other things I need. So people give us a chance.

        ----- Original Message ----- 
        From: Chip Orange <mailto:Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>  
        To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
        Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2009 2:57 PM
        Subject: [tabi] I have an idea for TCB, NFB, and the Lighthouse

        hi all,
        I had an idea I hoped the leaders of our 3 big non-profits here in
town would take up; I think it's worth doing, and it would give us something
else to focus on besides the bus system, which is more than a little
        What I've noticed is that when I'm speaking with many blind people,
and I mention a possible technical solution to a problem they're having,
their response is often something like "that would be great, but I can't
afford it."
        understandable of course; we all know assistive technology is
expensive, and we need a lot of it.
        so, what if for this area of Florida served by the Lighthouse, we
began a fund to which we all contributed, which was then used to provide no
interest loans for the purchase of assistive technology?
        I was hoping one group would take on the administration of the fund,
and all 3 groups would contribute to it, or fund raise for it, as a joint
project.  I'll offer to start it off with $100 if someone will take it on.
        I also hoped the fund could be run in such a way that a person's
need for the technology, or their ability to pay, would not be a factor in
receiving the loan.    I'd like this to be as free from value judgments as
possible.  Perhaps just as the person what payment schedule they thought
that they could afford.
        a lot of microbanks in very poor areas of the world are quite
successful, with nearly 100% payback rates, when being run like this, by
simply requiring a family member or friend to cosign the loan application,
guaranteeing payback if the primary applicant fails to do so.  this seems to
serve as a screening tool (if you can't produce one person who will vouch
that you will pay back a loan, then it's likely that you won't), and also as
a real incentive for the applicant to pay-back the loan (not wanting their
friend or family to have to do so).
        I'd also suggest, to help those taking on the administration of the
fund, that they do nothing if payments are missed.  we'll make up losses
through fund raising.  when you're freed of the effort of collections, then
the administration should be a very minor task.
        so, what do people think?  will the leaders of these groups be
willing to discuss it amongst themselves?

        Chip Orange
        Database Administrator
        Florida Public Service Commission
        (850) 413-6314
         (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not
necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service Commission.)


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