Saturday, January 31, 2009

Girl scout cookies to soldiers

I just had 2 girl scouts (and a dad) come to my door, and I bought 5 boxes of cookies that will be sent to our soldiers overseas.


I made a kiva loan today to a women with a great hat and transportation business.

Her name is Feliciana and she lives in Juliaca, Peru.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Transportation in Nicaragua

I made a loan today through to Fransisico Javier Mendoza Balmceda for his transportation business. The loan is long - 22 months and for a large amount ($1200). I am guessing this loan will take longer to fund. But Kiva only has 38 loans right now, and only had 2 yesterday.

The Kiva statistics are a bit astounding to me, because I remember when Kiva loaned its first million, and now it lends 3/4 of a million each week. Lenders are counted by the second.

I hope Education Generation takes off that way and we start significantly changing the literacy rates in the world. I just contributed to the education of Anne Anyago in Kenya.

I have HOPE, despite all the obsticles.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

kiva loan

Made a loan today. Couldn't resist the sewing machine.

Loan Purchase of $25 to María Ángela Correa (business id=86607)

Counted towards Barack Oblogger

Counting the Homeless

I helped count the homeless last night. It was apparently the largest homeless count in the nation, and people were counting all over the country. Los Angeles is being counted in 3 nights, and last night was my area. We were assigned a census tract and drove up each street, looking for homeless people, shelters, and lived in vehicles. It was quite interesting. I got a shirt and a hat.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Education Generation

I donated to Education Generation today through facebook - through their new cause page. I'm the first, and I'm hoping to start a trend.

I also made a donation to Benter Achieng in Kenya.

Sunday, January 25, 2009


I made a loan today to

Loan Purchase of $25 to Julia Arroyo Vega (business id=85567)

Counted towards Barack Oblogger.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

kiva loan

I made a new Kiva loan today to the Sawsan Dao group.
Loan Purchase of $25 to Sawsan Dao Group (business id=85037)

Counted towards Barack Oblogger

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

In honour of Obama

In honour of the day, I made 4 kiva loans.
Loan Purchase of $25 to Hoan Sokheng (business id=84765)

Counted towards Barack Oblogger
Loan Purchase of $25 to Bondjeka Maweza Group (business id=84890)

Counted towards Team Obama
Loan Purchase of $25 to Rose Boatemaa (business id=84900)

Counted towards Team Obama
Loan Purchase of $25 to Matilda Asiyo Group (business id=84073)

Counted towards Barack Oblogger

Monday, January 19, 2009


Not many loans on Kiva, but I had to make one since it's been a while and my new Kiva Calendar arrived while I was away. The calendar is put together by Kiva friends and this year they did a fantastic professional job and the pictures and write ups are esquisite. I guess that's what comes from a group project; lots of input and an incredible product. You can order your Kiva calendar here.

I made a loan to Nazaket Shakhverdiyeva who is in Bilasuvar, Azerbaijan and has a food market that sells many items, including cheese (my favorite food). She's going to invest in her market in hopes it eventually helps finance her daughters higher education.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Education Generation

I made donations to a few students today at Education Generation in honour of the facebook shout out. Hopefully a few of my friends joined the group too.

Off to Canada again.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Counting the Homeless

I signed up today to count the homeless at the end of the month.

The Homeless Count gives us the information we need to prevent and end homelessness in our communities. On January 27, 28 or 29th, you will help collect the data that we need to:

• Preserve $72 million in Federal funds for local homeless programs;
• Raise awareness in your community about the issue of homelessness; and
• Target housing and services to fit the needs of homeless people.

Monday, January 12, 2009


Made a kiva loan today to Juliana Okyere in Nkawkaw, Ghana. She wants to buy more products to sell to eventually get a store.
Made a kiva loan today to Juliana Okyere in Nkawkaw, Ghana. She wants to buy more products to sell to eventually get a store.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Kiva and community organizing

I attended a local meeting this morning for local politics (to vote for friends to run as delegates in the state party).

I also made a loan to Fotima Haknazarovain Tursunzoda, Tajikistan.

Friday, January 09, 2009


I made a loan today to the ANGELICA BERNAL VIZCARRA Group. It was the oldest loan on Kiva.

The “El Sol” group, represented by Ms. Angelica Bernal, is comprised of residents of the same neighborhood, which means that they have all known each other for many years. The members own small stands and sell groceries, fast food, cosmetics and bread. Some members have their own cleaning service. As in all commercial spheres, the law of supply and demand always comes into play, but over the years, the members have acquired experience in retail, which means that they know that they will overcome any problem that may arise. The loan from Fundación Agrocapital will be used to purchase products and supplies to restock their stands and improve the quality of their products. Most of the members have experience with solidarity groups, but this is the first time they work in this mode with Fundación Agrocapital. They guarantee that they are honorable and responsible people, which is why they have been given the opportunity to improve both their quality of life and that of their families.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Helping a school girl.

I sponsored Dania Rauf in Chakwal, Pakistan today. I contributed $20 towards her $80 school fees. I love the way Education Generation works, I contribute an amount that I can afford, and, with help from other contributing, she gets to go to school. Her education will have a big effect in the community, not just for her, but for her family, the village, and ultimately, the country.

Dania Rauf wants to be a teacher. She knows Pakistan’s literacy rate is only 37%, and by teaching she can change the lives of her villagers and bring prosperity to them. In addition to her studies she helps her father at farm. Monthly income of her father is very low and he cannot bear her school expenses.

Note: This scholarship helps Dania ensure she can remain in school for the remainder of the school year, to August 31, 2009.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Kiva and Obamaworks

Love the new local ObamaWorks. Together we can change things.

I made two kiva loans today, to EDITH JULIA CAYOJA CANAVIRI Group and the JULIANA ALI NINA Group in Bolivia.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Back and diapers

I'm just back from a long trip to Canada. It was cold.

Our Obama service group has started a social website - Rose City ObamaWorks and I'm now one of the admins. Sure I'll do it. I'm hoping it will be a great resource for dealing with a lot of our local issues. Grassroots change begins at home.

I just ordered diapers for our diaper drive for our local shelter online. I went through igive so a percentage of the money will go to the Kiva Shopping club.