Friday, November 29, 2013

Loaning to a Julia while travelling.

I'm traveling and found a town with free wireless.  Made a kiva loan to a Julia in Kenya.

ulia is 25 years old and has a grocery business in Kangundo town. She has been running it for five years now and it has been profitable. She is married and together with her spouse has been blessed with three children. She plans to use this loan to buy more stock of vegetables, carrots, onions, tomatoes, bananas, and oranges for sale. She will use the anticipated profits to pay school fees for her children. This is her fourth loan term and she paid back her previous loans successfully. In the future Julia hopes to expand her business and open another grocery store and also educate her children.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Kiva loan to a Julia in Honduras who sews

Made a loan to Martha Julia in Honduras who has a home sewing business.

Going on a road trip for the next few weeks. Will try to change the world in micro ways.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Renewed my membership in the Smithsonian.

It's our National Treasure. Those who can need to help keep it alive.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Kiva loan to Julia in Colombia

Julia, at 67 years of age, has her own business, a stall where she sells meals and fried food. Her stall is located besides a very busy highway in the Córdoba region. She has had this business for 10 years and works Monday to Saturday, from 6 a.m. till 2 p.m. She has one other person to help her. In this way she generates sufficient income to support her household and to help her three grown children financially since this burden fell on her after her husband died.

This client states that her age does not prevent her from continuing to work since she enjoys what she is doing and feels useful. Currently she is requesting a loan in order to purchase chairs and tables as well as supplies wholesale (meat, oil, vegetables and soft drinks, among other items) and to make some improvements in the space where she is located.This will enable her to improve her business’ image and provide her diners with a more comfortable experience. In addition she will have supplies available to expand production and sales. All this will be reflected in an increase in earnings. Thus she will be able to continue supporting her family.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Kiva loan

Just made a Kiva loan to Gantumur in Mongolia.

Gantumur Tsolmon is 45 years old and lives with his wife and three children in a house in the Selenge province of Mongolia. His oldest daughter and son both attend university, and his youngest son attends a local high school. Gantumur's wife helps him with his business. He operates a vegetable trading business, where he plants and grows a variety of vegetables on his own three hectare field to sell to dealers in the local markets.

He also owns a bee farm, which consists of 19 beehives. During winter months, he keeps his bees in a special cellar, and in May he travels through the countryside to pasture his bees. When he has gone to migrate his bees, his children and wife are responsible for growing the vegetables. He started his vegetable planting business in 1992, and has since built a stable operation. Since 1998, he has been producing honey.

During the past 12 years he has gained a lot of agricultural experience and knowledge of both his businesses. The family sells their seeds and honey during the warm months. They pickle their vegetables and sell those during the winter months. All family members are very hardworking people. Gantumur is a modest and experienced business man and says, "we work very hard during all warm months." He is requesting a 3,500,000 MNT loan to purchase a large amount of seeds while the price for such products is cheap.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Kiva loan to Julia in Nakuru, Kenya

Made a Kiva loan to Julia in Nakuru, Kenya.  Julia is in the business of offering computer and printing services. This loan will help buy printing papers, binding spirals, toners and cartridges.