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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 NatNat on April 28, 2010 at 10:41am
This is great! :)
I'm wondering if anybody has any suggestion on how to run this idea in the community who has culture of sharing almost everything with families or neighbors (that usually also part of extended family) and believe that "live only for today," so it's kind of difficult to implement the idea.
But, indeed, It is worth a try and i still believe there is a way to help the community :)

please, if you have any idea or suggestion just let me know, would highly appreciate it :D
Comment by Hanna Brady on April 28, 2010 at 3:30pm
I've known about Kiva for awhile but I only just joined. Thanks for the inspiration! *looks for first person to loan to*
Comment by Hanna Brady on April 28, 2010 at 4:54pm
Comment by Riko Kamachi on April 29, 2010 at 8:05am
@NatNat: Assuming the community you speak of is your own? You could try opening a group account and asking each member to donate a little each time :)

@Hanna: Awesome! Thank you :)
Comment by Christian Brumm on April 30, 2010 at 6:45am
@NatNat: Are you talking about receiving or giving out loans? :)
Comment by NatNat on April 30, 2010 at 10:54am
@ Riko: yes, assuming the community is my own (actually the situation is based on sharing from people who was working on the livelihood issue in an area, so it's kind of interesting to me as I'm now posted to that area) :D

@ Christian: How about both receiving and giving out? :)

I read that this KIVA idea is for enterpreneur community [just please correct me if i'm wrong, I still have to read more about this KIVA :) ], is there any possibility to make modification on this?

I'm thinking of first working on the education phase and behavior change before implementing this idea, but also still thinking of the possibility of using this idea to promote behavior change..

What do you think? Please advise :)


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