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Welcome to the second newsletter for EVOKE agents acting through the microfinance web site Kiva. 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

Wow! In just one week, our team has come from nowhere to being 29 in number. I've been inspired and encouraged by everyone taking part in this project - thank you so much!

* Peggie * Floatstone * Sam * Bjarne * Douglas * Charles * João * Bryan * Riko * Mike * Elastika * Victor * Sarah * Patricio * Mark * Kath * Josh * Alberto * Cynawynn * ninmah * PJE * Michael * Richard * Ben * Alice * Joseph * Michelle * Carol * kevin *
(If I haven't linked your profile here please send me a message to tell me your name here on Kiva!
I have had computer issues and lost records of some links, apologies.)

If you haven't yet made a loan on Kiva and would like to know more about microfinance and our team, please visit the team page at When making a loan, please make sure to select 'Urgent EVOKE' as the team you wish your loan to count towards!

Loan News

So far we have made 19 loans and loaned $550 to small businesses and individuals from Cambodia to Afghanistan! Twelve of these have now been fully-funded. At this point I must mention our powerhouse agent Peggie Scott in Liberia who has so far made nine loans for our team and is unfortunately currently ill. Get well soon!

These are just some of the loans we have made as a team!

Peggie loaned to the Plumbkor Community Group in Monrovia, Liberia, who will use the loan to buy wooden planks for the team leader Momo's small timber business. Alberto chose to champion the arts with his loan to Mame Diarra Samb in Senegal, who requested this loan to buy art for her stall.

PJE decided to make a loan to the Restaurant 315 Group in Afghanistan to buy sewing materials for their tailoring business, and Nann Roeurng's Group from Cambodia will receive a loan from Richard towards buying a cow and piglets. ninmah chose to make a loan to Soukeye Ndiaye from Senegal, who will use the loan to buy fruit and equipment for her fruit juice stall (see blog round-up!).

Elastika made a loan to Jesús Julián García Gutiérrez in Guatemala to purchase a computer to use in his job as a teacher. Both Peggie and Cynawynn chose the Ebenezer #3 Group in Liberia to buy apples for team leader Standly Warjolo's fruit stall (see blog round-up!).

Sarah's loan went to Leng Ran in Cambodia to buy raw materials to make cement jars for sale, and Pamela Awino Ahambo from Kenya received a loan from Kath to increase stock for her clothing boutique.

Blog Round-up

Our agents have been busy doc**enting their work on Kiva!

Floatstone has been trying to make direct contact with the local teams in the countries our entrepreneurs are from, as part of the Dragon Search, and encouraging more agents to join.

Elastika had a tax return and decided to loan it to four entrepreneurs in Nicaragua, Kenya, Rwanda and Nigeria.

ninmah joined our team and made her first loan to Soukeye Ndiaye, a fruit juice seller in Senegal.

Cynawynn decided to donate for the first time on Kiva for the ACT5 mission.

Mike wrote about his recent donation to Prossy Namutebi Guzibwa in Uganda (see below!).

Please write about your experiences and loans on Kiva! Tag them with "EVOKE@Kiva" and I will feature your blog post in the next newsletter :)
Featured Loans

Our featured loans this week were chosen by our team members. These still need to be fully-funded so please loan to these if you are trying to choose among the thousands of entrepreneurs on Kiva :)

Prossy Namutebi Guzibwa from Uganda is requesting a loan to buy stock for her retail business. (requested by Mike)

The Black Survivals Group in Liberia requests a loan to buy goods to grow its leader Saidu Sesay's business into a general store. The Perry Unity Group, also in Liberia, is requesting a similar loan to buy stock for Boimah Perry's retail business. (both requested by Peggie)

Abraham Brown in Monrovia, Liberia has requested a loan to buy phone charge cards to sell in his growing business. (requested by Peggie)
Alassane Wane in Senegal is requesting a loan to repair one of his two taxis. (requested by Peggie)

Urgent EVOKE@Kiva: http://www.kiva.org/team/urgent_evoke
Read the last newsletter (#1) here.

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Comment by Ethan Walden on April 9, 2010 at 7:15pm
This seems to be working Riko, good job!
Comment by Riko Kamachi on April 9, 2010 at 7:40pm
Thanks, isn't it just! :) I post and then something else happens and I have to change it! LOL!
Comment by Peggie Scott on April 9, 2010 at 7:49pm
Well, it would seem that Peggie has been favoring male lenders! In light of this week's mission, I'll have to ponder that a little.

A note on contacting the lendee. I believe I could find one of the folks I loaned to. The picture is very clear and I know the street where he has his business. But what would I do or say if I did? "Hi, I loaned you money. How's business?" It just seems a little too surreal. How would I feel if it was reversed?

And truth be told. I had neglected to re-loan quite a few paid-up loans, so the money was sitting as Kiva credits. Rico's good work got the money back into small businesses where it will do some good.

I think doing a newsletter is a great way to practice communications - good job!
Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 9, 2010 at 8:00pm
I agree-- nice work, Riko!

Peggie, how would it be if you told him that your lending group was curious about the people they were lending to and had asked you to contact him? Maybe you could ask about how he feels the system works for him, the kinds of thing that he feels would help him and his community the most... I don't know-- maybe other people in the group would have some specific questions to ask?
Comment by PJE on April 9, 2010 at 8:10pm
Thank you so much Riko!
Comment by Floatstone on April 9, 2010 at 8:23pm
Excellent communication Riko!
Comment by Kath-Ning on April 9, 2010 at 11:42pm
Thanks for the update Riko and to everyone who's participating.
Comment by Ethan Walden on April 9, 2010 at 11:54pm
hey Riko, have you seen this KarmaKorn project?
the guy just joined Evoke.
Comment by ninmah on April 10, 2010 at 12:03am
Riko, this is an excellent newsletter and summary of activity. Way to go! +1 Collaboration :-)
Comment by Alberto Cottica on April 10, 2010 at 6:48pm
You (we) rule :-) +1 collaboration


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