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!
(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!
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.
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!).
'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.
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
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 :)
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 :)
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.
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!
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?
the guy just joined Evoke.