Kiva.org is a wonderful non-profit organization which enables you to make micro loans for as little as $25 to struggling small businesses and entrepreneurs in some of the poorest regions of the world. I feel it is a wonderful organization which is very close to our principles of illiminating the extremes of wealth and poverty.
I encourage you to investigate Kiva for yourselves, and maybe keep them in mind as Ayyam-i-ha approaches! They also have gift certificates that you can buy in someones name, also for as little as $25. When the money is repaid you may either recapture your money, or loan it to someone else!