Sunday, June 22, 2014

Kiva Credit

Had a lot of Kiva credit, I was travelling out of the country again.
Today I made 10 loans to people from microlenders I haven't lent to before.

I am going to go into Second Life and fly around in my Kiva plane and reminisce about past fun times.

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Did one of those quizzes to determine my life's motto and got:

"Be the reason someone smiles today" - Don't forget to spread some of your happiness around. You are lucky, you have a lot of great things going on in your life to be thankful for, and a lot of light within you that you can share with others. Who knows, one day they just might return the favor.

I make people smile all the time. I say hi and do small talk as often as possible, with my neighbours, the people I see on my walks, shopkeepers, homeless, etc.  I get in elevators and say things and make people laugh most of the time. It's good to laugh

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Busy busy

I've been so busy.
My Kiva repayments piled up so I made 17 loans today. I chose them based on activities and microfinancers I haven't lent to yet.

Hopefully my life will settle down again and I'll blog more.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Help stamp out hunger

Left some food in my mailbox today to help stamp out hunger. It's a yearly food drive done by the US post office. Mailpersons collect food directly from mailboxes.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Kiva loan to Belize

Made a loan today to Andrea from Belize.

Andrea is a new farmer who lives in the beautiful village of Indian Creek, in the Toledo district of southern Belize. She was inspired by other farmers who have benefited from the blossoming cacao industry in the area, and is excited to join the farming world. 

As a housewife with three children, Andrea is currently unemployed, and is eager to begin farming to become more self-sustaining. She has requested this loan to purchase cacao trees.

Andrea would like to send her kids to school using the revenue she generates from planting and selling cacao.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Homeless Vets in Los Angeles - PATH

I make monthly automatic donations to PATH (People Assisting the Homeless). Today I made an additional donation to help homeless vets for a matching donation.

The link to donate is here.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Kiva loan to Ala-Buka village, Kyrgyzstan

Masturazhan is 57 and married with children. She has a high school education and works in animal husbandry as the primary source of income for her family, a business she started more than 30 years ago with the purchase of livestock for 2,000 KGS. Thanks to her hard work, she now has two milking cows, one horse and 25 sheep, as well as everything she needs to care for the animals. She also has a small parcel of land where she harvests corn, potatoes and carrots every year, both for her own use and for sale. Her total monthly income is 15,000 KGS. With the goal of further developing her business, Masturazhan has turned to Bai Tushum Bank for a loan to purchase sheep to increase the amount of livestock she has. She also plans to save toward renovating her home.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Kiva loan to Yen's group

Made a Kiva loan to Vietnam.

Yen is 42 years old and lives with her children and her husband. For the past eight years, Yen has been running a food stall from the front of her house to earn an income to support her family. 

Yen is the group leader of an eight-member loan group. The group members live in Ho Chi Minh City. In the picture, Yen is fifth from the left and wearing a red jacket. Each of the other group members are requesting loans to fund income-generating activities. 

Yen is requesting a loan to purchase a better quality and greater variety of products, such as food and beverages, to restock her stall. She hopes this will enable her to better meet the needs of her customers and attract additional ones. She also hopes that through her loan, she will be able to increase her income and save money for any future difficulties facing her family.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kiva loans to help the world

Another Kiva loan to a Massah.
Hello from Kandeh town, a community near the small and busy southern city of Bo. This is Massah, a local 38-year-old businesswoman who is married to a teacher. They have three children aged between 10 and 25. 

Massah was a housewife but then started her business so that she could support her husband in paying for her children’s school fees. Massah sells dried and smoked fish to her customers from a table near a busy market place. The fish is smoked on a grate whilst small pieces of wood burn underneath. Certain fish smoke better than others and Massah tries to run her business in tune with local demand and whatever fish is available from the ports. Massah works hard throughout the week. She says that everything is going well with her business. She is steadily getting more sales and meeting new customers. 

Massah would like to use this loan to purchase more fish to sell to her customers. She would like to say a big thank you to BRAC Sierra Leone and to the Kiva community for their financial support. The access to capital for her business helps Massah provide a comfortable life for her family.

Monday, April 14, 2014

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Kiva loan to Massah

Massah is a hard-working local business woman from Kandeh, a community near the small and busy southern city of Bo.

Massah is a widow and has 7 children between the ages of 10 and 26. She also supports 2 other members of her extended family. 

Massah was a full time mother and housewife before she started her business but did so to ensure that her children could go to school and have a good life. She sells “cookery” beside a busy road. “Cookery” is a modest term for the wealth of spicy stews that are cooked by local people and served with rice. The basic ingredients of ‘cookery’ are palm oil (which is used as the base for the stews), rice, seasoning and chicken or fish. Massah also serves grilled chicken to her customers.

Massah works 6 days a week and has built her business so that she now has two assistants. Massah says that her business is going ‘OK’ and that she gets new customers on most days. She is proud that, as a result of her hard work, five of her children attend school.

Massah would like this loan so that she can buy more ingredients to make her dishes. In particular, she would like to buy rice, palm oil and bulk quantities of chicken. Massah is a BRAC Sierra Leone success story, as she previously borrowed and repaid 5 loans. 

Massah would like to thank BRAC Sierra Leone and the Kiva community for their support of her business.