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

EVOKE@Kiva
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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 Riko Kamachi on April 5, 2010 at 10:14am
@ninmah and Patricio: Thank you! Glad to have you both :)
Comment by Floatstone on April 5, 2010 at 10:39am
@Victor Joining the team is always a good idea because it will attract more attention to KIVA and what it does within the community of Evoke players.

Also it might seem that the team is not lending a lot, but do consider that some of the members, like me for instance, were and are already lending money to people through KIVA. These loans just don't show up yet as being team members' loans because they were made by me before the team even existed. Currently I am loaning to Balawè Baka in Togo. My next loans will certainly count as Urgent EVOKE team loans.

@ Elastika. Excellent initiative.
Comment by Riko Kamachi on April 5, 2010 at 7:17pm
We are raising quite a bit :P For all of three days it's amazing!
Comment by Floatstone on April 5, 2010 at 7:34pm
Just to let u know I got an answer to my email to KIVA on the DRAGON idea.

Read it @ http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/kiva-answers-to-the-dragon

Peace
Comment by Radhika Darbari on April 6, 2010 at 4:59am
Hey Riko, working on the EvokeForever platform evokeforever.groupsite.com for week or so now and microfinancing/kiva been a inspiration since forever for me so was going to add it and create team for platform. As was about to though this blog got noticed by one of the team, you've already created a great team with the EVOKE name in it. So thinking/suggesting maybe we can join forces? Collaborate and add it to EvokeForever Platform members asking them to join, you get current members to join EvokeForever, which again like to mention be our voluntary platform run by us all, but organised and think have great impact in future see: http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/evoke-forever-projects-in and links on platform incase saying EvokeForever (E4E) you have no idea what I am talking about.lol. Hope you can see the benefits long term. I will mark you as creator of that project. Please add me as a friend and get back to me.Hope you see the vision. Look forward to your response.Radz
Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 6, 2010 at 9:55am
Radhika, I can't speak for Riko, but I'd rather not see the project go away from this site. I haven't decided if I want to join evokeforever yet. As it is, Evoke is taking up an awful lot of my time and energy. I'm not sure how long I'll want to/feel able to continue.

As for the Evoke Kiva group-- that can continue indefinitely on its own-- and I hope it will. As long as it exists I'm happy to continue to assign my contributions to it.
Comment by Peggie Scott on April 6, 2010 at 1:18pm
I have to second Sarah's opinion. I prefer the simple. UE is a game, an experimental platform, a think tank that draws from a new pool of minds. I hope it's just the first of many. I've been motivated by the missions, humbled by some of works of others and had some fun. But to go on forever? I'm not sure. Innovation is a growth process. I think I'd rather see UE replayed again by new people and the people playing it now go on to a new challenge.

This isn't meant to discourage you from pursuing E4E. It's just the path I choose. I've been donating to Kiva for three years (35 loans) and am pleased to add my current loans to Team Evoke, but it stands apart from my involvement here.
Comment by David Anderson on April 6, 2010 at 1:37pm
Kiva is a great way to give women financial empowerment.
Comment by Peggie Scott on April 6, 2010 at 5:21pm
Lynn, read the Kiva stats on employee wages. I think you'll be surprised.
Comment by Riko Kamachi on April 6, 2010 at 5:45pm
Besides, people have to earn their way too. I guess discovering that people actually get paid to work for a charity is a bit of a shock at first (I certainly felt that way); but it makes sense. If people didn't get a decent wage to do this kind of thing, no one with the necessary skills would dedicate that much time to the job. They'd be spending their time earning their living like anyone else. Then, charity ventures would halt. I'd say it's fair to have someone working for a charity earning the same amount as they would in a similar non-charitable job.

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