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Pledge “kivaorg”

"I will give a kiva.org loan of atleast $100 to help alleviate poverty in the developing world but only if 35 other people will give a loan on kiva.org (of any denomination)."

— Sheel, Resident of the World!

Deadline to sign up by: 1st August 2006
25 people signed up, 10 more were needed

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www.kiva.org is an amazing website that allows people to give micro-loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world for the sake of alleviating global poverty.

There are many businesses available to fund, and the beauty is you are helping people help themselves! You aren't giving out $100, you're just donating whatever interest you would've earned on that $100 in a year.

I'm excited, and think this is a great idea. Hopefully you will too!

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Background on Kiva:

Kiva.org is the creation of a software developer who wanted to change the world, one loan at a time.

In spring of 2004, Matt Flannery visited his wife Jessica who was conducting impact surveys for a non-profit in East Africa. During his time there, Matt recognized how small amounts of money could inspire economic vitality and opportunity to transform the lives of the poor in the developing world.

Upon returning to the U.S. Matt and Jessica started Kiva.org, an online-lending platform that allows individuals to loan entrepreneurs in developing countries as little as $25. Matt architected Kiva’s website as an eBay style marketplace, allowing lenders to compare borrowers, make a selection, and then easily send money to the selected entrepreneur via PayPal. As the concept took off, they partnered with microfinance institutions from around the world, which allowed Kiva to leverage the expertise of local institutions with experience in managing microloans. The result today is an efficient way in which lenders are connected to entrepreneurs in the developing world, and a process for microfinance institutions to access a previously untapped source of capital.

Kiva has been live since March of 2005, and is close to funding its 500th loan. Currently operating in 9 countries with 12 partner microfinance institutions, Kiva is changing the world, one loan at a time. For more information please go to www.kiva.org.

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  • micro-credit is such a powerful model for empowering communities! Great to see this initiative, happy to contribute uk £100, would prefer a paypal alternative if there is one tho.
    Leonie, 8 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Leonie -
    You don't actually need a paypal account to use Kiva - all you need is a credit card, though they do use paypal to collect the funds because paypal donates the payment processing fees.
  • Sheel,

    I have added a link to your pledge at
    http://makeaffluencehistory.org

    (If you'd like it removed, just let us know via the site itself and we'll direct people to kiva.org instead.)
  • Hi,

    Sorry your pledge wasn't successful but thanks for letting us know about the site - I signed up $50 anyway.

    If you fancy it please take a look at my pledge on HIV campaigning which is still live.

    Best wishes,

    Rowan
    Rowan, 8 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I donated $50 too.

    It's going to be the entrepreneurs in the developing world that will have an impact on their country's poverty.
  • Shurely I do... maybee 100$ are too much for my incoming (I donate also to other associations) ... but 50$ surely.

    Didn't know about Kiva before have seen it on here
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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Sheel, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Rishi
  • Prabha
  • Camelia
  • Tim Morley
  • Leonie
  • devans11
  • Karen Decker
  • Owais Rajput
  • Rowan Harvey
  • Sarah Jacobs
  • David McCammond-Watts
  • Timothy Mark Pollington
  • Nico Tuason
  • Eugene Gardner
  • jessica montgomerie
  • Carolyn Clarke
  • Christian COnti
  • Dan Andersson
  • Sara
  • Lisa Griffith
  • 5 people who did not want to give their names

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