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Kiva - giving the world's poor a leg-up

Postby Dave » Sat 10 Jan 2009 11:58 GMT

We've just heard about a great microcredit scheme, Kiva.org, that allows you to lend as little as US$ 25 to a specific low-income entrepreneur of your choice in the developing world.

We think it's such a great way of helping people out of poverty that we've set up a BritishExpat.com team on Kiva.

You can find out more about it on the BE Editor's Blog:

BE Editor's Blog: Kiva - give the world's poor a leg-up

And you can join the BritishExpat.com lending team here:

Kiva - BritishExpat.com team page
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Postby Kay » Sat 10 Jan 2009 13:31 GMT

We've raised $175 already! Please join in this worthy cause.
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Postby gozomark » Sat 10 Jan 2009 15:11 GMT

$ 200 now :D
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Postby Kay » Sat 10 Jan 2009 15:22 GMT

Yep. Great isn't it?
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Postby gozomark » Sat 10 Jan 2009 17:05 GMT

$ 225
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Postby gozomark » Sun 11 Jan 2009 10:21 GMT

just received this

Dear Mark

This is an update on your loan to Bahodur Mavlyanov in Tajikistan. Thank
you for your loan. It has been disbursed to Bahodur Mavlyanov by IMON
International in Tajikistan. We are excited to watch this business grow.
Over the 12 months of this loan, IMON International will be collecting
repayments from this entrepreneur and posting progress updates on the
Kiva website.
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Postby Kay » Sun 11 Jan 2009 11:22 GMT

I just got a similar one about the little fishing business in Samoa which I lent to. I see all except one of the BE team's entrepreneurs have raised the funding the required and have now moved into paying back mode.
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Postby gozomark » Sun 11 Jan 2009 21:50 GMT

$ 250 - good going folks :D
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Postby Mr Kriss » Mon 12 Jan 2009 22:53 GMT

If anyone here uses LinkedIn there is a Kiva group there, so you can add the group to your profile and give Kiva a little bit more free publiciity.
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Join the British Expat lending team at Kiva: http://www.kiva.org/team/britishexpatcom
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Postby Kay » Wed 14 Jan 2009 07:20 GMT

Good tip about LinkedIn, Chris.

$300 now! Thanks everyone.

For anyone else who wants to join in, here's the link again:

Kiva - BritishExpat.com team page
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Postby gozomark » Wed 28 Jan 2009 09:58 GMT

really interesting video about Kiva, and great choice of music :-)

http://vimeo.com/2769845
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Postby Kay » Wed 28 Jan 2009 12:48 GMT

Thanks, Dave and I thought the video was entertaining as well as informative.

It was a great idea to get a BE lending team started on Kiva. After all, it only takes $25 to make a loan which could quite easily change someone's life.

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Postby Kay » Thu 12 Feb 2009 06:58 GMT

We've raised $375 now and made three new loans to entrepreneurs in Peru, Cambodia and Tanzania.
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Postby Kay » Mon 16 Feb 2009 20:04 GMT

Amazing! Our team has now raised $750 worth of loans. That's wonderful. Well done folks. I also see that some of the loans are starting to be repaid now. One of them has even been repaid by 25%.

Thanks to all who are joining in!

Here's the link to our team page again:

http://www.kiva.org/team/britishexpatcom
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Postby Kay » Sat 27 Jun 2009 13:45 GMT

Our team's total is now $1,250! Well done!!! :D

It would be nice to see some new members, though.
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