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Postby Kay » Fri 5 Mar 2010 12:20 GMT

Well done to the generous people who are members of the BE Kiva team. We've now lent $2,500 to needy people around the world. That's a bit of a milestone!

We've still only got 12 members, which is a little bit surprising as it only costs $25 to lend via Kiva and change someone's life.
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Postby Graeme » Tue 7 Sep 2010 04:21 GMT

I have made my fourth BE. loan to Kiva now and each time it's been repaid in full, usually before the time allocated for repayment. It's such a worthwhile thing to do and for so little time and effort.
Wish more people would do it and give the third world a hand up, it can only help our own economies in the end.
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Postby Kay » Tue 7 Sep 2010 05:55 GMT

Thanks, Graeme. Yep, I've got three fully repaid loans and another couple which are currently being paid back. It doesn't cost much to help these needy people.

How is everyone else getting on with their Kiva loans?

Our team now has 14 members and has lent a total of $3,500. Well done!

If you'd like to join our BE team here's the link again.

http://www.kiva.org/team/britishexpatcom
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Postby Dave » Tue 7 Sep 2010 12:10 GMT

Graeme's point about help to developing countries helping the developed world's economies in the long run is spot on, of course. :-D

I've had three loans fully repaid, another almost fully repaid, and two more on the go.
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Postby Kay » Thu 15 Sep 2011 11:08 GMT

I've had all my loans fully paid back and made another new one today.

Our team has lent a total of $4,375 to date. Well done team!

(Still only 14 members even though it only costs $25 to join in!)
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Postby Kay » Thu 18 Oct 2012 13:10 GMT

Our wonderful team has lent a total of $5,450 so far. Well done, folks!

It only takes $25 to help change someone's life and when they repay you, you can lend the same $25 to the next person.

Please join our team.
http://www.kiva.org/team/britishexpatcom

How's everyone else getting on with their Kiva loans?
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Postby SteveGill » Thu 25 Oct 2012 13:33 GMT

I've joined the team! A friend of mine has been using Kiva for years after various trips (one example being his trip to Cambodia with Unicef here) and I keep forgetting - thankfully Kay's reminder post prompted me into action!

Now how do I choose? There's so many good causes :(
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Postby Dave » Thu 25 Oct 2012 15:34 GMT

Welcome aboard, Steve :-D

Thanks for the link, too - your pal's blog certainly captured a lot of the Cambodia that Kay and I have experienced (which you can read more about on the main site here), plus some bits that we haven't (the stuff on the rivers in particular!). Well worth a look.
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Postby Kay » Thu 25 Oct 2012 15:38 GMT

Thanks for joining our team, Steve! :D
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Postby SteveGill » Wed 7 Nov 2012 11:46 GMT

Still trying to decide what to support, I hate too much choice!!! :)
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Postby Kay » Fri 11 Jul 2014 09:08 GMT

Apparently Google is matching any Kiva loans you make today.

I have $25+ in my account ready and waiting to lend. Today's the day!

I usually prefer to lend to people who actually do something rather than buy to resell. Also, I prefer agriculture and food to stuff like selling cosmetics.

Do you have any preferences about who to lend to?

Anyway, all you good peeps who are in our team, head over to your Kiva account and see if you have money to lend and maybe even get it matched by Google.
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Postby Dave » Fri 11 Jul 2014 09:41 GMT

I've just lent to this guy:

A loan of $550 helps Eufemio Jose to purchase pigs to work with his wife in their family business.


I've always thought pigs were highly intelligent animals. :-)
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Re: Kiva - giving the world's poor a leg-up

Postby Kay » Sun 24 May 2015 08:25 GMT

I've not looked at the BE team's Kiva page for a while. I spent my money on two long-term projects, including one to help a guy go through university and he'll not be in a position to start paying back for two or three years yet. I kinda miss the excitement of getting a quick pay-back and relending to someone else. However, as the recipient of government funding for my own free university education, I'm a great believer in the idea that education should be available to all - especially the poor. Thus, I had to put my money where my mouth is and help that guy.

Meanwhile, you could have knocked me down with a feather when I saw our team's latest figures.

We now have 19 team members and have lent $9,575! Fantastic! Well done, folks. :D
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Postby Dave » Sat 26 Sep 2015 10:01 GMT

Time for another update...

We've now broken the $10,000 barrier! Between the 19 of us we've lent $10,425 - that's 237 loans in 42 countries.

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BE Kiva Lending Team - Impact

Well done us! :-D
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Postby Graeme » Sun 8 Nov 2015 04:19 GMT

Yes, it's a great thing to do I just did another $50. It means little to us but the world to the borrowers.
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