Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Kiva for chocolate bars

Kiva loan .


Pacari, started by Carla Barbotó and Santiago Peralta  created Ecuador’s first locally manufactured, premium chocolate bar. Pacari aims to benefit both consumers and producers. Pacari works directly with its cocoa growers to ensure farmers are trained and can deliver high quality cocoa. Pacari’s chocolate is 100% organic, soy free, gluten free, and dairy free. Pacari pays farmers for quality, offering roughly 2x the market price for their cocoa beans. Pacari currently works with 3,500 farmers, for cocao and other ingredients such as golden berries, Andean blueberries, salt, chile, and guayusa.

Loan use
The loan will be used to buy cocao from a new association of 30 small scale farmers with 90 hectares land. Pacari will purchase 660 quintals of cocao which will generate an approximate revenue of USD 105k for the association.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Kiva loan

Kiva loan to Indonesia
The featured borrower, Suyitno, is a 46-year-old corn farmer who lives in Lampung, Indonesia. He is married and has four children. He also has other small businesses that he manages like a kiosk and selling cattle.

He is asking for a loan through Vasham to support his corn farm, allowing him to purchase needed seeds and fertilizers that will boost his crop’s yield for the upcoming season. He has farmed with Vasham since 2016. Before that, he found it difficult to find someone that would allow him to borrow money for a loan.

Suyitno has been a farmer for two years. In the future he hopes to expand his land.
In this group: Suyitno, Witdiyanto

Friday, November 10, 2017

Kiva

Kiva loan to Mpundu
Mpundu is 29 years old and living with her husband in Samfya District, Zambia. She runs a salon, which sells hair products such as creams and cosmetics, and provides plaiting as a service. 

She used her first Kiva loan to diversify the range of her hair products she offered to customers to increase demand. With the profits, she was able to send her siblings to school. 

She is now requesting a second loan to continue to purchase a variety of hair products and make other investments in the business so that she can build her own salon to cut down on rent and employ more community members. 

Saturday, November 04, 2017

kiva and update on loan categories

Made a Kiva loan from a new microlender.  I am currently missing 7 countries, 3 activities and a whole lot of microlenders.

Vivian
Honiara, Solomon Islands 
A loan helps to buy rice, noodles, canned foods, biscuits, sugar, and tea for her general store business.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Kiva loan to Julia

Meet Julia, who is a first-time Kiva borrower and who is excited about this new experience. Julia is a humble, honest, and very hardworking mother. She has a lovely family whom she really adores. Thanks to her perseverance and courage, Julia and her household can lead a respectable life. She never had the opportunity to advance her education, but this did not kill her dream of wanting to succeed in life. So Julia started farming and has been doing farming for the past six years. Throughout those years, she has gathered much experience, and all the farming techniques are at her fingertips.

Julia practices mixed farming, and with her profits she has managed to take care of her family's needs, and give her children a good education. She believes that education is the only key to success.

She is seeking a loan of 50,000 KES to buy seeds and start horticultural farming on her farm. Julia wants to take advantage of favorable weather patterns, a good road network in her village, good soil, and a ready market for horticultural products in order to reap more profits. Julia hopes that through this loan, she will improve her living conditions. 

Help this mother to accomplish all her dreams with just a loan!

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Food and Kindness on Skid Row

Heading down to Skid Row to feed and offer kind words to people who didn't make it into a shelter tonight.  I do this with a group called Monday Night Missions. It's not religious, not official. We bring our own food (we meet and make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches), fruit water. And kind words.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Kiva in Kenya

Meet Esther, a 31-year-old from Maili Saba. She is a widow and lives with her five children, all of whom are still in school.

Esther runs a grocery kiosk that supports her family. Her business has grown steadily since she began it despite challenges during rainy seasons. Esther has applied for the loan to build better grocery stall, as she currently sells her shop merchandise under a tree. 

Esther is happy about the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy training support which has actually been source of her motivation. In the future, she sees herself as having a mega stall and with improved living standards for her children. 

Esther appreciates you reviewing her Kiva loan request and hopes for your support.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Kiva loan for gas cylinders

Petra's story

Petra is a married woman with three children, all of whom attend school. She lives in her own house that has electricity but no piped water. Her greatest monthly expense is food for the family.

She has been operating a gas cylinders business for more than three years . She mentioned seasonality and transportation in her business. With the loan she wants to purchase stock of gas cylinders to resell. She decided to join Yehu to access loans and boost her business.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

kiva loan to build space for entrepreneurs

Large KIVA loan - $35,000.
mpact Hub Accra is a locally owned and internationally connected entrepreneurship development and innovation center that supports small businesses, creates new jobs and opportunities, and promotes solutions to relevant socio-environmental challenges in Ghana, through entrepreneurship.

Impact Hub Accra was created in 2013 and supports over 250-member entrepreneurs and small businesses in Ghana. It is part of the Global Impact Hub Network of entrepreneurship and innovation centers, communities, and services present in more than 100 cities and 50 countries. Support to entrepreneurs is three-fold: (1) Workspace and infrastructure; (2) Curated events; (3) Business incubation/acceleration and access to capital training and support.

One member of Impact Hub Accra is Randy Caiquo, who founded web platform Crowdfrica after witnessing the death of his brother, simply because his family couldn't afford the hospital fees. Crowdfrica.org enables anyone around the world to donate directly to fund health insurance or healthcare for people in need. In 2016 Crowdfrica joined MEDspace, an early-stage incubator at Impact Hub Accra. So far Crowdfrica has funded life-changing healthcare for over 260 people. 

Impact Hub Accra now wants to bring its impact to the next level by implementing a new solar power system for stable backup electricity as well as invest in workspace improvements (ergonomic furniture and ventilation) to enable productivity gains for Ghanaian entrepreneurs.

This loan is special because:

It finances the creation of spaces and resources to support entrepreneurs.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Loan to change lives

Smallholder coffee farmers in Uganda do not have access to the equipment or finance add value to their coffee beans. They are forced to sell unprocessed coffee to middlemen at less than 5% of the retail value. Over 10 million smallholder coffee farmers are in a cycle of poverty from one generation to another.

Solution:
NUCAFE, the National Union of Coffee agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises, is a coffee farmers’ organization founded in 1995. NUCAFE uses a "farmer ownership model" whereby ownership of the coffee remains with the farmers while adding as much value as possible to the coffee. NUCAFE owns processing facilities (for cleaning, drying, grading, roasting, grinding and packaging services), which are used by its members to add value to their coffee. 

There are currently around 198 member associations working with NUCAFE, impacting more than 27,000 farmers. NUCAFE also helps farmer associations sell their produce by marketing their coffee to potential buyers. Members pay a service fee to NUCAFE for using their processing facility and marketing their coffee. Before partnering with NUCAFE a small farmer in Masaka Uganda sold 60kg bags of unprocessed coffee at UGX1,000 (USD0.40 per kg). He now sells 40kg bags of processed coffee at UGX4,350 (USD1.73 per kg). Learn more about NUCAFE in this video.

Loan use:
The loan will be used by NUCAFE to advance funds against the inventory brought in by the members associations for processing. NUCAFE will advance 60 to 70 per cent of the inventory value while the coffee is processed and sold. .

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Kiva loan to Ghana

This loan will be used to purchase more shea nuts from pickers and employ more women full time in their facilities. Also, the loan will help NaaSakle International manufacture more shea butter products. This is NaaSakle's story in the founders words:
Back in 2000, my mother returned to our native Ghana to take care of her ailing mother (Grandma Sunshine). While there, she rediscovered her love of shea butter, a product known as Women’s Gold because of its usefulness to a woman’s household – 90% of the use of shea is in foods, but it also serves as a wonderfully soothing moisturizer and helps financially support millions of women across sub-Saharan Africa.
During Mom’s time in Ghana, she realized that the base of the shea pyramid, the women who often did back breaking work to support their families through the sale of shea butter, seldom received the fair value of their work. Traders would enter town, buy low and sell high on the global market (to which the women had no access), and leave these pickers and processors in the lurch.
She decided to step in and help strengthen existing cooperatives as well as build new coops in order to strengthen their networks. She started Mother Shea Limited which manufactures shea butter from shea nuts.
Throughout her time in the industry, she became a shea leader. The high quality shea nuts are picked by women in rural areas and they are converted into shea butter in-house. We’re using her past experience as the President of the Global Shea Alliance to provide consumers with the best shea around. With the help of thousands of sustainably paid and organically trained pickers, she brought attention and support to a pressured industry.
When my mom was diagnosed with cancer, I decided life was too short to not spend our days together, so I joined her team in 2015. I started NaaSakle International, which is a distributor of shea based products in the US. We aim at bridging the gap between these rural shea nut pickers and global demand through our business lines thereby providing sustainable wages and organic training to pickers in northern Ghana.
Learn more about NaaSakle's journey through her blog. Kindly note Eu’Genia Shea is a group company and part of the NaaSakle Group

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

kiva

This DloHaiti’s second loan on Kiva after successfully paying back in full a USD50k loan.

Problem
Over 50% of Haitian lack access to clean water and nutritious options. With cholera prevalent and health care inaccessible for many, water-borne diseases are a major cause of death in the country. See DloHaiti video


Solution & Impact
DloHaiti addresses this gap using solar-powered, community-scale water treatment facilities that are managed and operated by members of the community. Despite being 1/3 the price of market alternatives, all costs of water production are covered by the sales.

DloHaiti works with local retailers (lead picture) and distributors to ensure that convenient and affordable access to clean water and powdered milk is reaching more people. By coupling the milk with clean water, DloHaiti can improve nutrition at low cost through its distribution network. Its impactful because milk is not available or affordable to poor consumers. This ensures that the operation is economically sustainable and that the community-based entrepreneurs have strong incentives to continue providing clean water and powder milk. To-date DloHaiti has impacted the lives of 40,000 Haitians.

Loan Use
This loan will expand the water distribution by financing upfront costs like reusable jugs and also providing powdered milk. USD40k will be used to expand access to clean water and USD60k will be used to purchase the powdered milk to meet demand.

This loan is special because:

It expands distribution of clean water in regions across Haiti that would otherwise be unable to access it

Monday, October 16, 2017

kiva


Claudine is 40 years old. She is married with two children, 12 and 10 years old. Her household consists of five people. Claudine lives in a rural area near the other members of Kabere 16 Group. Claudine is unemployed, but her family income comes from her husband, who works in the sector. 

Claudine says she is choosing to lease a cook stove from Inyenyeri because she wants to save money on fuel used for cooking, and she also appreciates that it cooks cleanly. 

She currently uses charcoal for cooking. It is more expensive than using Inyenyeri’s fuel pellets, and the smoke causes black pots, ruined clothing, and sooty walls and ceiling. 

Claudine plans to use the money she saves on fuel to resume her chicken farming business.

In addition to the opportunities for improving the family’s livelihood that drew Claudine to the new stove, Inyenyeri’s Stove + Fuel system also provides a number of other valuable benefits: improved health outcomes through a substantial reduction of household air pollution, less environmental degradation related to the current unsustainable use of biomass for cooking, and mitigation of climate change through reduction of CO2 and black soot carbon emissions.
In this group: Epiphanie, Jean Claude, Evariste, Gaudence, Angelique, Claudine, Fidele, Francine, Contantine, Hamidou


Sunday, October 15, 2017

kiva loan to business that makes stoves that charge and light off the grid

This is a loan to a business to provide more product.

Nearly half the world's population still cooks on open smoky fires, causing over four million respiratory-related deaths annually—more than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. They also emit more black carbon, the second-greatest contributor to climate change, than all of the world's cars and trucks.

Solution

BioLite designs and manufactures personal-scale energy appliances that enable users to cook, charge, and light their lives off the grid. BioLite believes in a market-based revenue generated business model from their outdoor recreationist product line to support their emerging market initiative where Biolite partners with 3rd oarty credit-enabled distributors. These partners provide consumer finance to sell products to off-grid, low-income customers within their channels. BioLite supports distribution partners by providing product demonstrations, customer training, and after-sales service.

To date, BioLite has retailed 20,000 HomeStoves and 5,000 SolarHome 620 units, providing life-changing clean energy access to 125,000 people.

Loan Use

This loan will enable BioLite to bridge the gap in cash-flows that exists between manufacturing our products and delivering them to off-grid, low-income customers.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Kiva loan to an event planner in Gaza

Made a loan to Amer..  Amer is a 25-year-old single young man lives with his family in Rafah, Gaza Strip. He works hard to build himself and help his family in living expenses. He works in Event Planning. 

He sells and rents theaters, chairs and platforms for weddings and events. He went to Palestine for Credit and Development FATEN to request a US dollar loan to buy new goods( more chairs and theaters) for his work in planning events. This will improve his work and earns more income. He hopes you will help by funding his loan.

Friday, October 13, 2017

kiva loan

Yến is 35 years old and married with two children. She is an ethnic minority living in Cam Thuy district, a mountainous region of Thanh Hoa province, very far from center. She speaks ethnic minority languages and rarely goes out of the village, so she has no opportunity to access financial services. She has had a service tailoring clothes and a wedding-preparation service for more than 10 years. 

Her family is a low-income household in the village; moreover, the market need is low in this region. Yến is a reputable person in the community. This is her first loan from Thanh Hoa Microfinance Institution. The main hardship that Yến faces is lack of capital. She is requesting a loan to purchase instruments to maintain her wedding-preparation service.

With her business profit, Yến hopes for her business to do well, for her family to be healthy and happy, and for her children to do well in school.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Kiva loan to Huda in the Gaza strip

Huda, who appears in the photo, is a 30-year-old single girl who lives with her family in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip. 

She is studying at a local university to get her masters degree in business administration. She studies hard so she can graduate and find a good job in her field. 

Her big sister is the responsible for her expenses, but she works in the public sector where she earns a low income that is barely enough to cover the basics. 

Huda needs a laptop for her study and she doesn't have enough money for it. For this reason, she went to Palestine for Credit and Development (FATEN) to request a US dollar loan to buy laptop for her study, to do research and homework. 

This will help her excel in her university studies and get her MBA faster. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Go Fund Me

Just donated to a friends GoFundMe account. She has cancer and lives in the US and will need help.


Go Fund Me for Therese

Monday, October 09, 2017

Kiva loan in the USA

Made a Kiva loan in the USA.

I grew up in the city of Flint on the city north-side of town. This area has been the most disinvestment and crime ridden area since GM left over a decade ago. Once vibrant neighborhoods have become blighted, crime ridden and traumatized by a man-made water disaster crisis. The neighborhood I grew up in before the water crisis and crime and poverty help shape me as a youth. Many great memories and moments as a child and even to the current. I decided to stay around and be apart of the rebuilding process because I believe in it's people which is the cities greatest asset. I currently reside in the same neighborhood seeking to be a beacon of hope for those who feel like its hopeless. My dreams are to see thriving neighborhoods, economic development and for ex-offenders to have equal access to jobs, housing, education and to be able to participate in the cultural life of the community without discrimination.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Kiva loan to a teacher in Armenia


Ohan is 58 years old and he lives with his family in Vanadzor city of Lori region. Ohan has higher education and specialty of mathematician. Already 25 years Ohan works at the local school as a teacher of math. He also gives paid private courses of mathematics at his house and helps many pupils to get prepared for their entrance exams. Ohan is good specialist and usually all his pupils manage to have good results in thier exams. 

Now this loan of 1.000.000 Armenian drams Ohan asks as he wants to buy a computer, professional literature and he also wants to furnish his working-room with big round table and comfortable chairs as well.

This loan is special because:

It gives students and teachers an opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Kiva loan



Kalala is a 40-year-old, married woman with four children. She runs a small business providing the services of lawn mowing in her community to earn a living. She has operated this business for the past three years. Kalala is a Samoan citizen, and she lives in a rural area. She works very hard to please her customers with the help of her children. She is well known in her community because of the services she provides. 

Kalala needs a loan to buy another lawn mower, chemicals, brooms, and celluloid to help take her business to the next level. She plans to use her profit to buy a vehicle to deliver her equipment. She became a member of SPBD in 2013. Kalala's dream is that one day she will gain more customers and earn more profit to help her family build a new home.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

New Camera

I bought a camera today for a homeless person that is in a local facebook walking group that I am in.  Someone had stolen his camera and he was posting that he couldn't share pictures anymore.  The camera was one of his sole forms of communication.

He posted about it on his youtube.  Not used to seeing feedback.  I feel humbled.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4_6mhkAv88

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsp1BnrNV-g

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Eco friendly wood objects where 100% goes to Puerto Rico

I just bought a few things from Lumber Jackie.  Until tomorrow 100% of proceedings goes to a Hurricane Relief fund for Puerto Rico.  I did a google search on my city and help Puerto Rico and found a local group that is helping, and someone from that group is making the wooden objects.  I'm thrilled I bought a few Christmas presents! 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Kiva's new FATEN educational program.



Ieman, who appears in the photo, is a 22-year-old single girl living with her family in a village near Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine. She is studying hard at a local college to become physiotherapist
This loan is part of FATEN's new education program, designed to finance school tuition for students whose families have low incomes or work in informal sectors of the economy. Funds can be used for partial or complete payment of expenses related to higher education. By supporting this loan, you're enabling access to education for students with limited options.


Friday, September 22, 2017

Feeding folks on Skid Row

I joined Monday Night Missions today that feeds people on skid row in Los Angeles who doesn't get into shelters. It's a non-religious, non charity bunch of people who go every night during the work week. We met at a place we could make peanut butter and sandwiches together, then went down as a group. The leader is very good about keeping everyone safe and healthy.  The point of the group was to both feed people and acknowledge them, so there was this wonderful greeting ceremony where we all said hello by name to each person. Such a great experience, I'm going back.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

picking up litter

I regularly pick up litter in my neighbourhood, especially in one area that people go to party.  I have done it all my life, but now since my father's passing I can't seem to pass it without thinking of him and how he picked up so many pounds of trash. He did it for his daily exercise, and really made his community a better place.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

3 Kiva loans and a kid

I made 3 Kiva loans today, chosen quickly to fulfill an activity and lending partner.

Been busy settling in my friend who is no longer homeless. Moving her towards a positive future. She is a beautiful person and helping her develop into the best she can be makes the world a better place.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Homeless

I invited two of my homeless friends to come live with me for at least a year. They are very young and kinda failed the parent lottery. They have been living in their car, working full time.

I may not be able to help all the homeless. But I sure can help two.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Kiva loans for flowers

Made a loan today to Boliva to a group that has many ladies, including a few who want to purchase wholesale flowers.

https://www.kiva.org/lend/1338632

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fishing

I made a loan on Kiva today that had a 'fishing' activity. I chose this one because it was from Bolivia, a country my sister has taken into her heart and does a lot of NGO work for.  She's been there a few times.  My sister is also trying to change the world, at least what she can.

The loan I made was to Mariela.


Mariela's dream is to have all the necessary tools of work, which is why she wants to buy fishing nets and hooks or baits. The loan will be used in the wholesale purchase of fishing nets and fishing supplies. It is for these reasons that Mariela asks for a loan to buy fishing nets and supplies. 

https://www.kiva.org/lend/1331025

Monday, July 24, 2017

Kiva loan

Made a loan today to Grace. She wants to set up a business to bring  financial inclusion to the marginalized regions of Africa. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Kiva loan in the USA

Made a Kiva loan today to Clara who lives in California. She is a new immigrant and looking to purchase supplies for her business. Google is matching this loan.
https://www.kiva.org/lend/1333328

Monday, July 10, 2017

Betty's taxi service


Made a loan to Betty today.

Betty's story

Betty is a 50-year-old woman who is married with one child. She lives in a rural community outside Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands. 

She has a small business running a taxi service in town to earn a living. She has three years with this business. 

Betty has requested a loan to pay for vehicle maintenance and vehicle licenses to assist her in the business. 

She will use her profits to support her family financially and expand her taxi service business.

Betty joined SPBD in 2015 to gain access to financial services.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Feeding horses

A couple of months ago I started feeding horses. This is a picture of me at the paddock.

It's about a 1.2 mile walk uphill from my house.  The original owners aren't around anymore (due to death) . The new owners do not live nearby.

So I volunteered to feed the horses in the mornings.  I walk up the hill, feed them and give them fresh water in scrubbed buckets.  

 It's wonderful exercise and fabulous for my soul.


Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Patreon

I just started supporting my second artist on Patreon.com - David Kassan

Patreon is a great site where you can make monthly support of artisans. I have been supporting my adoptive niece's significant other for over a year, the $25 I give him every month encourages him to buy supplies and do art.

I like the whole Renaissance feeling about it.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kiva loan to help a student study medicine

Made a Kiva loan to Lioner.
Lioner is studying medicine and is applying for a loan to pay for his education expenses. His mother died when he was ten years old and since then he lived with his blind grandmother. He studies to help those who need to improve their health.

Loan here

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Handmade gifts by Syrian mothers

I bought a necklace today made by Syrian families in Turkey.
 http://www.amalshop.org/

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Kiva & home

Made a few Kiva loans today.
Had 4 homeless people stay at my house this month, 2 couples who are friends. One had to go to the hospital and stayed a week to heal. The other 2 got jobs kinda in the area (3 hour bus ride) and stayed till they could find a closer room.