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EVOKE@Kiva Update: I'm turning into a Kiva addict!

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Since starting a lender team for EVOKE agents on microloan web site Kiva, I've been quite busy researching into the microloan project. If you are interested in microloans and/or already a member of Kiva, hopefully the following information will be of interest to you.

About Our Team

So far we have five members of our lender team at Kiva and I would like to thank everyone who has signed up as a team member. I really hope that together we can make some real change by investing into developing economies.

If you make a loan on Kiva, please make sure to select 'Urgent EVOKE' as the team you wish your loan to count towards! Please also blog your loan on Urgent EVOKE to spread the word. If you would like to, use the tag "EVOKE@Kiva".

Team News

The first loans from our team have already been made on Kiva!

I chose Edward B. Sesay's Group in Makeni, Sierra Leone.

Photo from Kiva.org

Mr. Sesay is the spokesperson of a group of teachers at a primary school in Mabonkani village. The school was founded in 1972 by the Wesleyan Church of Sierra Leone and currently has eight teachers and 318 pupils from Mabonkani and the surrounding villages. The loan will go to pay for school fees for children, furniture, plots of land, house-building materials and investments. As I write the loan has been fully-funded and I will post when I receive any news.

Featured Loan

I would like to put forward a recommendation for anyone on EVOKE who is interested in making a loan and hasn't done so yet.

Photo from Kiva.org

The Creciendo En Fe 1,2 Group is requesting a loan for the purchase of medicine supplies. Its leader Maria runs a pharmacy in the slums of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. In this area crime is a serious issue and supplies of running water and electricity are unreliable. Maria lives in a simple structure here with her partner and child. The loan will be invested in the purchase of medicines for colds, fever and diarrhoea, and Maria hopes to use the profits towards buying her own home.

Urgent EVOKE@Kiva: http://www.kiva.org/team/urgent_evoke

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Comment by Peggie Scott on April 3, 2010 at 8:24pm
Glad to credit my loans to Evoke. I hadn't re-loaned my pay-backs for a while and this was just the nudge I needed to do so. I think Kiva is a great way to help others and even just a small commitment each month adds up. In another life - one that high speed, reliable internet connections - I'd wait till I had $10 or $15 back in my account and then make another loan. That meant that I would only be putting in a few dollars each time but it would continue to add to the total that I was lending.
Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 3, 2010 at 9:15pm
Thanks, Reiko-- I've been meaning to do this for a long time-- just joined the team and funded an old woman in Cambodia to buy materials to make cement jars.
Comment by Riko Kamachi on April 3, 2010 at 10:28pm
@Elastika: Hehehe, great! I was going to do the same today but then my computer's graphics card had other ideas -.- Thank you!

@Peggie: I'm glad :) I agree, I don't have as much to give right now but I felt like I've made a huge difference. Knowing exactly where the money is going and what it will be used for is something really exciting, too.

@Sarah: Wonderful! Thank YOU!
Comment by Kath-Ning on April 4, 2010 at 12:47am
Great project. Thanks for setting this up!
Comment by Douglas DiCicco on April 4, 2010 at 2:37am
I've just signed up for the team. Great idea!
Comment by Lisa Shah on April 4, 2010 at 8:01am
Hi Riko!

Thank you for joining Kiva and for creating the "Urgent EVOKE" lending team.

I am a member of Kiva's Community Outreach Team and wanted to touch base about Kiva's Blogger List. We recently developed the list for those bloggers interested in getting news and updates from Kiva that they would like to post to their blog periodically. If you would like to join this list, please visit http://bit.ly/9X7LNA.

Thank you for your support of Kiva!

Best regards,
Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 4, 2010 at 9:20am
Thanks for that link, Lisa-- I may sign up for at least one of my blogs. I'd also like to point fellow-bloggers to this page. It has ads you can put on a web page or blog. I've just added one of them to both my main blogs. (My general interest blog, and the newest one on markets here, if anyone is interested in taking a look. Feedback very welcome.)
Comment by Riko Kamachi on April 4, 2010 at 9:34am
@Kath-Ning & Douglas: Kudos to both of you!!!!!

@Lisa: Thank you for the information, I've now signed up for that :)

@Sarah: I hadn't gotten far enough down that page to notice the ads! Also, I'm looking at your blogs now, these are really good! *bookmarks for later* :)
Comment by ninmah on April 4, 2010 at 3:26pm
What a great idea, Riko! I'm headed over to Kiva to join the group right now. Thanks for getting it started! +1 Collaboration.
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on April 5, 2010 at 6:03am
Also joined the team!!!


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