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  • Kiva – Microfinance Loan Results through January 2014

    Kiva is a great organization that we’ve been proud to support for almost 7 years.  Kiva is a non-profit organization who’s mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty around the globe.  By connecting lenders with a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.  

    Over 7 years, we’ve lent over $6400 to various people to help support them in their small business. Microfinance has helped make positive changes in third world countries.  It’s a hand up, not a hand out.  We hope you’ll join us in supporting others around the world through Kiva.  In fact, Kiva will give you $25 to get started.  Click on this link http://www.kiva.org/invitedby/itsallhere to get started and we’ll get $25 as well to lend to someone in need.

    Here’s a look at our loan portfolio since we started giving in 2007:

    LoanActivityCountryWe LoanedStatus
    HildaFarmingHonduras$25.00Paying Back
    KhayrulloManufacturingTajikistan$100.00Paying Back
    KhorenFarmingUkraine$25.00Paying Back
    MariamFish SellingKenya$25.00Paid Back
    CharlesFarmingKenya$25.00Paid Back
    JorgeHigher education costsParaguay$75.00Paying Back
    ConchitaGeneral StorePhilippines$75.00Paying Back
    BabyFood MarketSierra Leone$50.00Paying Back
    Jose AbrahanAgricultureEl Salvador$100.00Paying Back
    AdeServicesIndonesia$50.00Paying Back
    Julio CesarFarmingNicaragua$200.00Paying Back
    Makimbilio GroupFood StallThe Democratic Republic of the Congo$75.00Paid Back
    SylviaRetailUganda$75.00Paid Back
    Progres GroupAgricultureTogo$100.00Paid Back
    AliBarber ShopIraq$100.00Paid Back
    SharavdochinButcher ShopMongolia$50.00Paid Back
    VictoriaAnimal SalesPeru$100.00Paid Back
    Prado GroupFish SellingTanzania$125.00Paid Back
    Nasreen's GroupDairyPakistan$25.00Paid Back
    Arcadio De JesusPigsColombia$100.00Paid Back
    Nuevo Horizonte GroupSewingParaguay$200.00Paid Back
    Seke GroupFood MarketBolivia$150.00Paid Back
    Harth De Parquer GroupFood Production/SalesMexico$75.00Paid Back
    Anh's GroupFurniture MakingVietnam$100.00Paid Back
    KhutGeneral StoreCambodia$100.00Paid Back
    Mame AlyFoodSenegal$75.00Paid Back
    Maria Del ConsueloFood StallMexico$25.00Ended with Loss
    MohamadBarber ShopIraq$100.00Paid Back
    SabirFood MarketAzerbaijan$100.00Paid Back
    AnonymousBakeryMongolia$100.00Refunded
    Anonymous GroupRetailSenegal$125.00Refunded
    RinCementCambodia$100.00Paid Back
    Bread Sellers GroupFood Production/SalesSierra Leone$50.00Paid Back
    FaustinoRetailParaguay$75.00Paid Back
    UranjargalHome Products SalesMongolia$100.00Paid Back
    Fuerza Del Ma̱ana (Cuenca) GroupFood StallEcuador$100.00Paid Back
    GennsiAgriculturePeru$25.00Paid Back
    ErmelindaFood StallMozambique$100.00Paid Back
    MarieBeauty SalonSenegal$25.00Paid Back
    Denny AdemirBarber ShopEl Salvador$75.00Paid Back
    Shamim's GroupGrocery StorePakistan$100.00Paid Back
    YaverGrocery StoreAzerbaijan$50.00Paid Back
    ManuelElectrical GoodsEl Salvador$100.00Paid Back
    SalahAuto RepairLebanon$75.00Paid Back
    Marenco GroupSewingNicaragua$25.00Paid Back
    Nao's GroupAgricultureCambodia$25.00Paid Back
    Nguy‡ÈÉn's GroupFood Production/SalesVietnam$75.00Paid Back
    Elmira's GroupCraftsKyrgyzstan$75.00Paid Back
    Neris Del SocorroFruits & VegetablesNicaragua$50.00Paid Back
    AblaviSewingTogo$50.00Paid Back
    SavornAgricultureCambodia$100.00Paid Back
    ElenaClothing SalesPeru$25.00Paid Back
    Mariam CarmitaPoultryEcuador$50.00Paid Back
    Ankabenk̩lenkan 2. 9 GroupFarmingMali$25.00Paid Back
    AliBarber ShopLebanon$25.00Paid Back
    Walayat KhanFarmingAfghanistan$25.00Ended with Loss
    BarnoClothing SalesTajikistan$25.00Paid Back
    FadiCafeLebanon$50.00Paid Back
    Sabougnouman GroupRetailMali$50.00Paid Back
    Norma RaeRestaurantSamoa$50.00Paid Back
    DagiisurenPharmacyMongolia$75.00Paid Back
    SundayFurniture MakingNigeria$25.00Paid Back
    Mirta VirginiaClothingParaguay$50.00Paid Back
    MeasFish SellingCambodia$25.00Paid Back
    Jikomboe GroupGeneral StoreTanzania$50.00Paid Back
    NozimFarmingTajikistan$25.00Paid Back
    Zahida Parveen M.nazir GroupGrocery StorePakistan$100.00Paid Back
    Vu ThiServicesVietnam$125.00Paid Back
    Mrs. Sim Sarin's Village Bank GroupFruits & VegetablesCambodia$250.00Paid Back
    Aimiti Gafa's GroupClothing SalesSamoa$100.00Paid Back
    Bui ThiAgricultureVietnam$150.00Paid Back
    Maria TeresaTraveling SalesNicaragua$100.00Paid Back
    DiloromShoe SalesTajikistan$100.00Paid Back
    SinTailoringCambodia$25.00Paid Back
    Nguyen ThiCharcoal SalesVietnam$150.00Paid Back
    Maria EshterServicesBolivia$100.00Paid Back
    Nabaziza A (Iii) GroupFuel/FirewoodUganda$50.00Paid Back
    NormaClothing SalesPeru$100.00Paid Back
    Totorilla GroupAgriculturePeru$100.00Paid Back
    MaryClothing SalesGhana$275.00Paid Back
    RafailClothing SalesAzerbaijan$150.00Paid Back
  • SPANA – Society for Protection of Animals Abroad

    We ran across this wonderful organization recently and wanted to let our readers know about it.  SPANA, (Society for Protection of Animals Abroad) is about helping all kinds of working animals across Africa and the Middle East.  SPANA clinics treat hundreds of thousands of donkeys, horses, mules, camels and livestock every year.  SPANA was founded in 1923 by Kate and Nina Hosali after witnessing the suffering of animals during their travels through North Africa.  

    On our trips around the world, we notice animals of all types that can use a helping hand.  Having just returned from Morocco where animals are used for many routine work tasks, we noticed many that were not receiving the best treatment or care.  SPANA has education programs that teach children and owners respect and compassion for animals.  They’re also there to help animals during times of conflict, drought and natural disaster.

    We encourage you to check out the SPANA website and see how easy it is for you to help out this wonderful organization.  We were impressed and we know you will be, too.

  • Kiva

    The US has many organizations and programs to help people less fortunate improve their livelihood.  Sure there could always be more, but at least there’s something.  Many people in the third world and developing countries don’t have the same advantages.

    Kiva is a great organization that helps elevate working people above the poverty level all over the world.  They make it easy for anyone to help provide a “hand up”, not a “hand out” to budding entrepreneurs in developing countries.  

    How does Kiva work?  Kiva partners with microfinance institutions (think of them as mini-banks) in the same country as the entrepreneur.  You “loan” the money to Kiva, who forwards it on to the “mini-bank”, who then loans it to the person who wants to start or expand their business.


    While there is no guarantee that the loan will be repaid, Kiva has a very high success rate.  You choose who you want to loan money to and can review success rates of the mini-bank before you lend.  Plus, you can loan as little as $25.

    We’ve been loaning money through Kiva for over a year and have had a great experience.  We’ve helped over 8 different people start or expand their business in countries from Azerbaijan, Kenya, Ghana, Vietnam and more.  Check out Kiva.

    f you want to read more about microfinance, we highly recommend Nobel prize winner, Muhammed Yunus’ book, Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty.   It tells the story of how he started a bank with a $27 loan and today, loans billions of dollars to help the working poor.