Friday, July 31, 2009

Loans to Honduras

I made 4 quick loans to Honduras using Kiva Credit (credit from past loans paid back). Must admit, I'm so busy that I didn't even read them, just loaned.

Loan Purchase of $25 to Nuevo Despertar Group (business id=126060)

Counted towards Barack Oblogger
Loan Purchase of $25 to Los Tres Amigos Group (business id=126054)

Counted towards Barack Oblogger
Loan Purchase of $25 to Leyla Marina Nuñez Aguilera (business id=126053)

Counted towards Barack Oblogger
Loan Purchase of $25 to Jose Orlando Pavon (business id=123861)

Counted towards Barack Oblogger

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What's your best idea for Africa?

Today a friend introduced me to a new challenge (Thanks Ramona). She said:

"There is currently a challenge running called "What's your best idea for Africa?" In this challenge you have the power to help solve rural Africa's greatest challenges – simply add your voice, your comments, your ideas. Your idea could win up to $3,000 each month. In November, the best action plan wins $20,000 – plus opportunities to meet with leaders in the development community to discuss bringing those ideas to life.

The project I have found really worthy to support is called "CreditSMS - The Future of Microfinance (". CreditSMS is developing an SMS-based microfinance delivery and tracking system in order to reduce the transportation costs associated with delivering credit to clients in rural and disconnected areas. In turn, they hope microfinance institutions will use revenue saved to lower their interest rates, making the loan environment more amenable to BOP entrepreneurs and encouraging higher participation.

If you also think that this is a great idea I would be very happy if you could add your vote at (the little green button on the right - "endorse it!"). You have to register first but this is rather easy."

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Made a Kiva loan today to someone with Julia in their name.

Loan Purchase of $25 to Santos Juliana García Menchú (business id=125586)

Counted towards Barack Oblogger

Ms. Santos Juliana Garcia Menchu is 35 years old, married, and lives with her 3 children. At the moment, she doesn't have much monthly income from her work as a local artisan. She is approaching the ASDIR association for a small loan so that she can buy a gas stove in order to cook her food, since she spends so much time doing this that it is hard to find enough time to advance her artisan work on a daily basis. This stove will offer her some much needed help, which will allow her to increase her income, in addition to improving the quality of life for Ms. Garcia and her children.

Monday, July 27, 2009


I made two loans today.
Loan Purchase of $25 to Herlinda Trinidad Montoya (business id=125504)

Counted towards Barack Oblogger
Loan Purchase of $25 to Julia Morales Velazquez (business id=125521)

Counted towards Barack Oblogger

Friday, July 24, 2009

kiva loans

I just saw that Kiva is making (on average) $1.7 million in loans a week. That is just incredible. I can remember (Dec 2006 i think) when Kiva hit its first million. The web is exponential. And exponential gets big really fast.

I made three loans today. Chosen on being the oldest loans.

Loan Purchase of $25 to Los Angeles Group (business id=124590)

Counted towards Barack Oblogger
Loan Purchase of $25 to Ali (business id=105103)

Counted towards Barack Oblogger
Loan Purchase of $25 to Jose Abel Artola Sanchez (business id=116026)

Counted towards Barack Oblogger

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Abir's Garden: A Playground for Si'ir Girls School

I made a donation today to

Abir's Garden: A Playground for Si'ir Girls School

The project is intended as a memorial to the 10 year old Abir that was killed by Israeli soldiers close to her school in Anata. Abir was the daughter of Bassam Aramin, one of the founders of Combatants for Peace. The Aramin family chose to turn their tragedy and despair into care, creativity, and teamwork in memory of their daughter Abir. The Abir’s Garden Project transformed her school in East Jerusalem, bringing former combatants from both sides together to build a playground that soon became the favorite gathering place for families. Now Combatants for Peace is expanding the project to the Si’ir Girls School, near Hebron with the help of their school community to build the next playground.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Food for the vets

I brought a snacks to the vets today - 3 flats of cup of noodles, a flat of microwavable mac & cheese, a flat of V8 drinks, and a flat of orange juice, and a box of 48 granola bars. The flats have ~20-30 items. From Smart & Final. Anyhow, they really appreciated the items. It cost me about $40, it will probably last the volunteer office a few weeks-month, and keep a few vets out of jail 'cause they won't go robbin the PX or caf when they don't have money and are hungry. And every vet who gets something knows that someone cares. So its a really, really good ROI (return on investment). And its easy for me, when I do my Smart & Final run I buy extra and leave it in the car and bring it in when I go to lab meetings. I have a little 'granny' cart and just have to remember to walk up the way with the ramp and not the stairs.

I'm thinking there are VA's all over the country that need snacks. They may not all serve the same number of homeless vets as we do, at least I would hope not. They live all over the VA. I should do a photo op.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Loans to Honduras

I made three loans to Honduras today.
Loan Purchase of $25 to Paola Rosa Lopez Amador (business id=123046)

Counted towards KIVA Shopping Club
Loan Purchase of $25 to Gladis Argentina Mendoza Matute (business id=122271)

Counted towards KIVA Shopping Club
Loan Purchase of $25 to Yajaira Lizeth Palma Quiñonez (business id=123044)

Counted towards KIVA Shopping Club

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Calling all KIVA FRIENDS

I just made a loan to The Communal Group "Esperanza 2006" along with lots of other Kiva friends, to try to get as many kiva friends on the loan as possible.

If you're interested, here is the link to the discussion,
and how to put Kiva friends in your kiva avatar.


Loan to Julian in Nicaragua

I made a loan today to Julián Obando Mercado. He is 48 years old and lives with his wife, who works and helps him cover household expenses, in the San José Los Rios neighbourhood located in the municipality of Ticuantepe. They have three adolescent children who attend school and work in their free time. He plans to improve his family’s living conditions.

Julián has worked in agriculture for 20 years. He started out with the help of agrarian reform. He plans to diversify his crops.

With this loan, he will purchase fertilsers and supplies to produce a good yield to sell at a good price in the market. He thanks AFODENIC for making these beneficial improvements on his farm possible.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Loans to Honduras

The loan tracker notified me of a few loans to Honduras, and there were still a few available when I logged on. So today I made 3 loans to Honduras, one to Raquel Emperatriz Nuñez Salinas in Danli for her catering business, another to Corina Andino Sanabria also in Danli and the third to Jesus Gustavo Espinoza Almendare, a furniture maker in Danli.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


I made a loan today to Julia Chamorro in Totonicapán, Guatemala to purchase raw materials for her business. I couldn't resist a Julia with a sewing machine!

I also made a loan to the Senor De Lagunas Group in Bolivia. The thirteen women who make up the Señor de Lagunas Association are all members of the Los Andes Community Center, which is located in the city of El Alto. It is a very cheerful group that works very responsibly on the center's internal activities in cooperation with its loan officer.

Most of the group members sell clothing. For example, Vicky sells pants for all ages. Other group members sell jackets, winter clothing, or baby and children's clothing, while some prepare and serve meals.

The group members are requesting larger loan amounts in order to buy more merchandise so that they can increase their sales and their incomes. They all share the ultimate goal of improving their families' quality of life.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Another Kiva loan to Julia

I made a loan today to Julia Carlotain Peru. She is 46, married, and has three children. The children are 22, 21, and 16. The older children are married; the last one is studying English.

Julia started selling sandwiches, but that was not good because there was so much competition in the area where she sold. Her sister got her into selling beauty products by catalog. She started with one line, and now she sells for three beauty companies.

Since she started with Finca, she has learned that every woman has the opportunity to advance.

She needs a loan for 1,200 PEN to buy beauty products by catalog and be able to stock her inventory.

Julia’s dream is to have a bazaar style bookstore.
I'm off to Canada for a week or so. All the best.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Old Kiva loans

I made 4 loans today, the 4 oldest. All are due to expire in a few days, so I hope they get funded.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Kiva - lending to a Julias, weavers, and ladies wearing hats

I made 3 kiva loans today - to Julia in Puno, Peru for her clothing business, and to Pteronila for her weaving and to Ysabel for her crafts business.

Sponsoring a long bike ride for Unicef

I am sponsoring Jorge Mitre who is riding his bike from the Rockies to the Andes, to raise money for children in Guatemala via unicef. My sister is a big UNICEF volunteer, and works with Jorge's wife at the Calgary office.

He only wants to raise $10,000, I hope he raises significantly more. Its a very, very long way.