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About a year ago, I became a microlender to people in developing countries through an organization called Kiva. I was a little bit hesitant that it would turn out to be a scam or that the organization would fall apart, but I've been very, very happy with it so far. Since I joined up and started lending money, Bill Clinton included information about the organization in his book, Giving and various newspapers, magazines and T.V. shows have carried stories about it.

To date, I've started 17 loans:
9 have been paid back in full
5 are being actively paid back - money is just re-invested into new loans
2 have the money raised but it hasn't been distributed to the entrepreneur
1 is still fundraising
0 loans have defaulted

I'm absolutely loving it. Over the year, I've received about three updates from various people to whom I've lent money; this is always such a gift. I really enjoy the process of picking a new person or a new group of people when I've got got money to re-invest (I often choose Cambodia as the poverty there struck a chord in me when I visited the country in 2003). It boggles me a little that it can be this easy to make such a huge impact for someone else.

Would I recommend it to others? In a heartbeat.

on 2008-08-24 04:52 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] minnaleigh.livejournal.com
I heard a little bit about this organization a while ago and was curious about it. I was fascinated by the difference that small loans can make in people's lives. It's great to hear from someone who is involved and happy with it! I'll definitely keep it in mind when my finances are more settled.

on 2008-08-24 07:55 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] purpletigron.livejournal.com
That is very useful to know - reputable microcredit is a thing of wonder.

on 2008-08-24 07:55 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mort-q.livejournal.com
Since you started me out with $25 in seed money, I have added a bit here and there, and have at the moment four loans out, all over the world.

I can only assume that I'm actually helping someone.
Posted by [identity profile] mort-q.livejournal.com
The map view is cool... being as geographically challenged as I am.
Posted by [identity profile] suzulan.livejournal.com
Thank you for the reminder. I meant to, but... (That's my personal motto). Anyway, here I am now.
Posted by [identity profile] thegreymouser.livejournal.com
Mine. I'm coming a bit late to the party; I remember Gen telling me about this last year and I wanted to check it out but forgot. At least I'm onboard now.

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