Max's Bar Mitzvah

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Did you know that a loan of just $100 is enough to change a life in a developing country? Just a bit of capital to invest in a business or education can double or triple a disadvantaged entrepreneur's income - providing a sustainable livelihood for their family and securing better education for their children.

That's why I decided to dedicate my Bar Mitzvah to Zidisha. I'm accepting donations on behalf of Zidisha, a registered US nonprofit that facilitates microloans in the world's poorest places.

100% of your donation will go straight to the entrepreneurs, and you'll receive an update on how the funds were spent. Best of all, when the loans are repaid they will be loaned again and again to fund new loan projects - truly a gift that keeps on giving!


  • lynnsie kantor     Dec 24, 2015

    Max, I love so much that you thoughtfully chose a project that will significantly improve the lives of others. It was a wonderful morning, and I am honored to have been included in the celebrations! Love to your wonderful family.
    Lynnsie Balk Kantor

  • Amy     Dec 13, 2015

    Mazel Tov, Max! You did a wonderful job yesterday! We enjoyed your Bar Mitzvah, and your teaching!
    Amy and Belle Gage

  • Robin Kinman     Dec 12, 2015

    Congratulations Max.

  • John Brown     Dec 12, 2015

    Awesome job on bima, and such a great project to support. Mazal Tov. Love, John, Audrey, Syd, and Ben

  • Bill and Crystal     Dec 10, 2015

    Congratulations Max! this is a wonderful cause

    Love - Crystal and bill

  • el     Dec 9, 2015

    Dearest Max, This wonderful project is so fitting for your Bar Mitzvah and for the caring, kind guy that you are. You are doing a great job and we send every loving wish to you and your parents!
    Love, H and E

  • Hadas and Yoram Rudy     Dec 8, 2015

    Max, you are truly doing an amazing thing at such a young age, just wonderful! You will be helping many families who really need it.
    You should be very proud!
    Mazel-Tov on your Bar-Mitzvah!
    Yoram and Hadas Rudy

  • Courtney Downey     Nov 30, 2015

    Max, You are dedicating your Bar Mitzvah to a wonderful cause! Congratulations on this milestone in your life.
    With Love, The Downeys in Houston

  • Mark Blatter     Nov 24, 2015

    Dearest Max....It is so wonderful to see that you already have a world view and strong feeling for others even as you officially become an adult! Mabel tov on this special moment in the lives of you and your parents

    With all our love,
    Zayde, Jacque and B

  • Talia Goldfarb     Nov 24, 2015

    Kylie wishes you well on your Bar Mitzvah and mitzvah project!

  • Julianna Velthoen     Nov 19, 2015

    Congratulations, Max! It's a joy to watch you develop a passion for helping others. Sending love for your special day,
    Julianna and the family

  • Sharyn Ribich     Nov 17, 2015

    Dear Max
    We are so proud of you and your choices. Thank you for this opportunity to share with others.
    Lew and Nana

  • från and harvey     Nov 10, 2015


    Wishing you all the best.


    Aunt Fran & Uncle Harvey

  • Heather Sage     Nov 2, 2015

    Max: We've so enjoyed being a small part of your life, watching you grow and mature. All of our best wishes on this new step in your life! Much Love, Jason, Heather & Peri... aka the SagenVrabels

  • Dana Smith     Nov 2, 2015

    Congratuations Max!!
    The Smith Family
    Mike, Dana, Michael, Ryan and Lauren

  • James Greer     Nov 2, 2015

    Dear Max
    Please accept this donation as a reminder of the support you have from your family . As you take on your journey of religious responsibility this a great start . What a wonderful and giving idea .We will always be proud of you and your accomplishments . May the Torah bless you, guide you and inspire you every day of your adult life .
    Mazel Tov to you and your family
    Great Uncle
    Mr &Mrs James M. Greer


Projects Funded By Max's Bar Mitzvah

Donations raised:


Number of projects funded:


Total amount lent:


Business development
Deviyati Wulandari

Cybercafe expansion
James Ogero

Improved transportation
Edysuswanto85 Sopiah

Robi Setiawan

Buy microwave
Ann Wanjohi

Cheruiyot Ngeno

Purchase of stock
Igwe Simon Peter

Anita soft drinks
Anita Bobrkuu

Duncan Nduati

Farming inputs for my farm
Ebenezer Anyane

Colecraft's loan
Samuel Colecraft

Mary Kimani

Increase business capital
Riki Rismawan

Equipment for midwife practice
Nani Yuliawati

Buy c9 pack
Winfred Mwendwa

Help fund my business ventures
Kipngetich Cheruiyot

Bulk purchase
Bramwel Mutali

Joan Makare

Where your donation goes

100% goes to fund loan projects

We transfer 100% of your donation to low-income entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Learn more about birthday campaigns.

Recipients invest in their future

The entrepreneurs develop businesses or acquire education to improve their earnings

Check out the lifecycle of a Zidisha loan.

Funds recycled to new loans

Entrepreneurs repay the loans, and the repayments are used to fund new loan projects.

Learn more at our FAQ page.