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Posted by: Mata Feb 14 2009, 03:55 PM

I've started a team on Kiva for Matazone people:

Kiva is an organisation set up to provide loans to individuals and groups in developing nations and poorer countries. These are people who through age, geography, or lack of any credit history are unable to get loans to help support them get businesses started or growing so that they can support their families.

Money can be loaned from PayPal accounts, and I had a fair bit of money sitting around in mine, so I've loaned a decent amount to get the ball rolling. The minimum loan is $25, but you can loan as much as you like. Yes, there is some risk, but around 97% of the loans are repaid (I've no idea if interest is paid).

These are loans - no gifts - so you are very likely to get your money back in 6-12 months, when you can choose to either take your money back or use it support a new person.

So, currently team Matazone (which is just me at the moment) is proud to have been the over-50% sponsor of Julia Marca De Anahua of Peru. She runs a small business selling sheep and wants to buy some more to grow her business and support her children through school.

If you join up then you can start sponsoring someone new and we can work to support more people around the world!

Posted by: Smiler Feb 18 2009, 12:20 PM

What an amazing idea. Yes the risks are there but for the groups of communities we'd be helping the direct investment may be worthwhile. Will have to mull but might be worthwhile.

Posted by: crazymat Mar 17 2009, 09:51 PM


I just got an email from them saying 1/4 of my loan has already been repaid, which reminded me that I forgot to join the group when I signed up ohmy.gif

So yeah, now we have two members...

Posted by: Mata Mar 18 2009, 01:19 PM

I got back $55 of my original loan a couple of days ago, so I'm now funding a chap in a country I can't even spell reliably - Tajikistan. I'll be putting the other loan money into other groups when I get more repayments. It really does rock.

And thanks for joining the group, Mat smile.gif

Posted by: Mata Apr 17 2009, 12:52 PM

Team Matazone is now helping to fund a new business. This time we're reaching out to Cagayan... Which I'm now going to go and look up on a map!

Posted by: Cath Apr 18 2009, 05:41 PM

I think it's in the Phillipeans. (took a look on google earth biggrin.gif )

Posted by: elphaba2 Apr 18 2009, 09:03 PM

Oh my goodness! I have a PayPal now! I can do this!

Consider my beer money for the rest of the month no longer my beer money. Being an ostensible grown-up is really awesome sometimes biggrin.gif

Posted by: Mata Apr 19 2009, 03:59 PM

Cool! Thanks for joining in. Team Matazone is now helping out Félicité Aziakpor in Tsévié, Togo too! Thanks Elph! smile.gif

Being part of this really brightens my day. I've started getting my loans back and reinvesting the money in new businesses. It's really quite addictive!

Posted by: gothictheysay Apr 28 2009, 02:19 AM

This looks so cool! Once I figure out if I'm going to have spare money soon, I will donate! Especially after I get a job, too. I think this is a great idea!

Posted by: Mata May 14 2009, 12:39 PM

Matazone is now supporting Ith Aun in the Takeo province of Cambodia.

We would have been supporting other people too, but I made the donations under the wrong team name. Doh!

Posted by: Mata May 17 2009, 05:19 PM

We are now helping Nizamaddin Mammadov, a cattle farmer in Sabirabad, Azerbaijan:

It's been a good month for corset sales so I've been putting a little more money into supporting other business people through Kiva smile.gif

Posted by: Cath May 18 2009, 02:48 PM

Just joined and added a bit more to the pot.

Posted by: Mata May 18 2009, 04:53 PM

Cool, thanks Cath! smile.gif Warning: It's a bit addictive!

Posted by: Cath May 18 2009, 07:44 PM

hehe I dont think I'll be adding anymore for the time being probably just keep that donation bouncing round. biggrin.gif

Posted by: craziness Jun 11 2009, 06:35 AM

This is awesome!! I want to join the party.

Posted by: Mata Jun 27 2009, 08:49 PM

We are now supporting the Mabongisi ya Nkolo Plus Group, specifically a lady called Elise Mayamba:

Elise Mayamba is a very courageous woman who has spent most of her life, since 1985, selling charcoal. Her business is very demanding. She has to go two or three times a week to the country to buy her merchandise and bring it back for resale to the city. Her business becomes more and more difficult during the rainy season because of the bad condition of the roads, especially in the backwoods.

In January 2008, Elise decided to join one of the groups of Hope RDC in view of finding permanent financial support which will allow her to realize her dream of one day opening a general store. She is a faithful client who has received several loans from Hope, which she has reimbursed completely and on time.

The most recent loan which she has received this month of June permitted her to diversify her business by buying sacks of dried beans, onions, vegetable oil, and salted fish to re-sell in order to increase her profit. She has a working capital of US$ 130 and her business brings in a profit of US$ 40 per week which helps her pay the school fees for her children. She sells her wares in a mountainous zone in the south-west of Kinshasa. Elise is 45, married, and the mother of 4 children, aged between 13 and 19. All are enrolled in school.

Yay! Now I do actually know where the Democaratic Republic of the Congo is, and I've heard of Kinshasa, but I don't know where that bit is so I'm off to look that up. I really do love Kiva. Anyone else fancy joining our team? The link's at the top of the thread smile.gif

Posted by: Cath Jul 1 2009, 12:06 PM

The money I put in only just reasonly went to Nizamaddin Mammadov the cattle farmer in Azerbaijan. I'm guessing there's a couple of MZ loans bouncing round.

Posted by: Mata Jul 27 2009, 05:20 PM

I've now had the full value back from my first loan, so today I'm sending money over to Ghana and the Asaase Wura Group:

Posted by: Mata Sep 1 2009, 10:15 PM

Today's new loan is heading off to sunny Nigeria, to help a lady named Mary Alaloyin run her pharmacy:

Posted by: Cath Sep 2 2009, 11:17 AM

I got $1.34 back yesterday so will have to wait a little before I can reloan. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Mata Sep 2 2009, 12:37 PM

I think I've got about $300 floating around the world with various people, and I usually pick shorter loan terms so I can reloan more often. I often get back enough each month to start helping someone new, but that's mainly because I've got so much in the system.

Posted by: Cath Sep 3 2009, 02:00 PM

Aye. I just put in the minimum amount and dont really have anything to top it up with.

Posted by: crazymat Sep 3 2009, 06:03 PM

Yeah same here. My first loan just got repaid so I've lent it to another group smile.gif

Posted by: Mata Sep 30 2009, 12:23 PM

Today, money is winging its way off to Kenya, to a chap called Bedan Nganga:

Posted by: Mata Oct 31 2009, 09:25 PM

Mirismayil Mammadov in Agsu, Azerbaijan is today's lucky chap.

Posted by: Mata Dec 1 2009, 01:57 PM

Three new benefitees for the Matazone group:

Rang La in Cambodia

Mindu Samata in Tanzania

Indira Mabel Arias Sabando in Ecuador

Fancy joining in? Here's the group:

Posted by: Mata Feb 9 2010, 01:27 PM

Two more today:

Mouhamad in Tyre, southern Lebanon:

Guluzar Bakhshaliyeva in Baku City, Azerbaijan

Posted by: Mata Feb 12 2010, 11:35 AM

A couple more today:

Juana Viscarra in La Paz, Bolivia:

Espérance 2 Group in Palmerin, Senegal:

I've not added new money for a long time, I just seem to get back about $100 per month. Are other people getting their loans paid back?

Posted by: Cath Feb 12 2010, 03:23 PM

Yeh mine's being payed back gradualy, but as I cant afford to add to it I got to wait for it to be payed back before I reloan. I'm getting about $1.56 a month back and so far I've $8.95.

Posted by: Mata Apr 20 2010, 12:24 PM

Another four today:

Perla Roma

Ruqaiya Parveen Muhammad Iqbal's Group

Gladys Wanjira Muthee

Grace Wanja Kamau

Posted by: craziness Apr 26 2010, 02:31 AM

MY LOAN IS PAID BACK!! So exciting!! I just lent it out to a good of miners in Bolivia ( because I am completely obsessed with Bolivia ..... long story but I am.

Posted by: Mata May 21 2010, 09:47 PM

A couple more today:

Ciprian Lopez Orosco in Cochabamba, Bolivia

San Sang in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Posted by: Snugglebum the Destroyer Jun 7 2010, 10:04 PM

Hey peoples,

I pitched this to our MD as something they could really get on board with as part of their Corporate Responsibility Initiative - they went for it. They can't impose it but I should get to pitch to the organisation on how this works and how very good it is.

That's pretty spanky. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: Mata Jun 7 2010, 10:16 PM

Awesome! Nice one Snuggs biggrin.gif

Posted by: Snugglebum the Destroyer Jun 7 2010, 10:19 PM

I know! I did good thing!

Posted by: Mata Jul 3 2010, 10:16 PM

Someone anonymous in Lebanon:

Benedicta Villarroel Jimenez from Boliva:


Posted by: Cath Jul 4 2010, 12:47 PM

About $10 off getting my $25 back so I can relend it. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Mata Sep 9 2010, 12:45 PM

Sok Yin in Cambodia is today's charitable direction. Huzzah!

Posted by: LoLo Sep 9 2010, 10:04 PM

I just loaned $25 to Ni Nyoman Karmi so she can buy some baby farm animals and expand her farm.

This is the first time I've done this biggrin.gif

Posted by: MrBrick Sep 11 2010, 12:20 AM

This is a good thing which had passed me by. I feel that I may have to have a good dig through the various causes.

Posted by: Cath Sep 22 2010, 11:11 AM

Had enough for a new loan -
Only a 6 month loan so should be able to reloan it a little quicker.

Posted by: Mata Sep 23 2010, 01:35 PM

I've been doing longer loans recently so my lending has had to slow down - I think I might try and find shorter ones in the future to keep it more active.

I still love this idea - there's your money helping people in Paraguay. How very very cool smile.gif

Posted by: Cath Sep 23 2010, 08:49 PM

My thought was seeing as I only have a little money for this it's probably more productive for it to go into shorter loans with it. But yeh I completely agree with your feelings about. I get to feel as if I'm helping people even though I've only the small amount but because it's a loan I can keep helping rather than just throwing it at something that some times feels like a bottomless pit.

Posted by: Mata Oct 4 2010, 02:03 PM

A definite Peruvian theme today:

Tomasa Choque Saire in Cusco, Peru

Pedro in Tarma, Peru

Posted by: LoLo Oct 4 2010, 03:53 PM

QUOTE (Mata @ Oct 4 2010, 07:03 AM) *
Tomasa Choque Saire in Cusco, Peru

I love the hat. biggrin.gif

Posted by: elphaba2 Oct 4 2010, 04:25 PM

وهيبة في شوف في ليبنان
Wahieba in Chouf, Lebanon

I was feelin all crappy about only lending in $25 chunks, and then checked out the stats page--because I've lent 5 times, it's actually $125. Isn't that something! biggrin.gif

Posted by: Mata Oct 6 2010, 07:20 AM

Oo, I hadn't seen the stats bit! I currently have $345 in loans spread around the world, I've made 29 loans to 16 different countries, and over 70% of my recipients have been women. Apparently I greatly favour agriculture loans: over 40% of my money has gone towards that.

Posted by: Cath Oct 6 2010, 06:34 PM

I read mine when I made my last loan because it was only my 2nd loan so most my stats were 50% which was entertaining me.

Posted by: LoLo Nov 21 2010, 02:48 AM

This is the most excited I've ever been about $1.21, but I received my first payment back on my first loan on Kiva. laugh.gif

Posted by: Mata Nov 21 2010, 04:04 PM

Awesome smile.gif I've almost got enough back to make a new loan again. I've been doing longer-term ones lately so I've had to slow the lending down a little.

Posted by: Cath Nov 21 2010, 06:40 PM

Fun isn't it. biggrin.gif

Posted by: CheeseMoose Nov 21 2010, 09:58 PM

^That was me smile.gif

Posted by: Mata Dec 6 2010, 07:55 PM



Posted by: LoLo Dec 6 2010, 08:04 PM

...and you didn't even have to change your facebook profile picture to help. lol

Posted by: Mata Dec 6 2010, 08:29 PM

Yeah, I know. It's weird, but I suspect that actually helping people is more productive than changing my Facebook photo! Weird! biggrin.gif

Posted by: Cath Dec 6 2010, 08:52 PM

That's just crazy talk! Everyone knows changing your FB profile pic saves lives!

Posted by: CheeseMoose Dec 18 2010, 07:19 PM

I got my first repayment from my first loan today. Hopefully get the rest back soon so I can lend it again smile.gif

Posted by: Mata Dec 18 2010, 09:12 PM

After making loads of loans I've had one default on me. I think I lost about 20 dollars... I'll live I think smile.gif

Posted by: Cath Dec 19 2010, 12:56 AM

Shame but pretty good going really.

Posted by: LoLo Dec 21 2010, 07:20 PM

Wow my Kiva loan has already been paid back! It was supposed to be a long term loan so I'm quite amazed and pleased that it has been paid back so early. I just re-loaned the $25 to who is trying to get construction materials to build a home.

Posted by: Mata Jan 6 2011, 03:54 PM

Today I'm helping out Maria Esmeralda Ruiz Estrada who is trying to enhance a new business in Mexico selling shoes:

Jorge David from Ecquador, a young farmer who wants to buy his own land:

Both of these have fairly fast turnarounds on the loans (8 months or less) so I'm hoping the money will go out elsewhere again quite quickly. This brings my current number of laons up to 14 spread across the planet. This makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside smile.gif

Posted by: Dread Pirate Cath Feb 3 2011, 01:06 PM

I had my last loan refunded so I've a new victim I was also able to add a bit more money in as well. \o/

Posted by: Mata Feb 4 2011, 01:16 PM

I love those Peruvian hats smile.gif

Posted by: LoLo Mar 2 2011, 07:41 PM

It's a new semester so time for a new loan. I chose to loan to this time. She wants to help her village and her business by supplying firewood to her community. Also isn't her dress just lovely and doesn't she look very happy?

Posted by: Mata Mar 3 2011, 09:17 AM

Oo, that is a lovely dress smile.gif

Posted by: Mata Mar 7 2011, 07:53 PM

I decided to go for individuals today:

Simion Njenga Ngugi

Nancy Wambui Muiruri

Hellen N


Posted by: LoLo Mar 7 2011, 11:38 PM

The last one is already counting her money! biggrin.gif

Posted by: Mata Mar 8 2011, 02:24 PM

Yeah, that photo made me laugh smile.gif

Posted by: Frogzilla Mar 21 2011, 08:19 PM

Posted by: Pikasyuu Mar 22 2011, 04:09 AM

'Fatmata'..I already love her.

Posted by: Mata Mar 22 2011, 12:54 PM

That's got to be a typo - surely it's Fatama? smile.gif

Posted by: Mata Apr 7 2011, 12:38 PM

Two more -

Charles Bii in Kenya:

Benard Mutai also in Kenya:

They both live in the same area. I hope they have good weather!

Posted by: Dread Pirate Cath Apr 7 2011, 09:29 PM

That cow's giving me the evil eye!

Posted by: LoLo May 21 2011, 03:38 PM

One of my loans got repaid today (just in time for the rapture) so I got to re-loan it to How can you pass up that smile?

Posted by: Dread Pirate Cath May 21 2011, 04:29 PM

It's the tea tray balancing that impresses me. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Mata May 21 2011, 05:33 PM

He does look incredibly cheerful biggrin.gif

I've just sent a couple more on their way to Odibio in Peru for 3 more bulls (he is expanding a lot - he only had 2 before):

And to Kanyansheko Bakyara Twimukye Group, who are in Ibanda, Uganda. They run a hairdressing shop and need more chairs and products to sell. Everyone's got to earn a living somehow!

Posted by: elphaba2 Jun 2 2011, 09:39 PM

Kiva's been reminding me that I had $50 to lend, so today it went to Fatmeh al-Dukkak in Jordan. She's building a chicken house!

Posted by: Mata Jun 3 2011, 08:47 AM

Aww, she sounds really nice!

I've got $14 in my account at the moment - hopefully I'll get some more back over the next month to lend again soon. I've been going for slightly longer-term loans recently so I'm not get bpaid back so quickly.

Posted by: CatheliniaMermaid Jun 3 2011, 06:41 PM

Yeh I've nearly enough for my next loan.

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Jun 19 2011, 11:22 AM

My latest loan. They only need one last person to get the full loan and they look a nice colourful bunch.

Posted by: Professor Mata Van Giggly Toes P Jun 22 2011, 01:37 PM

I've decided to support farmers today - I figure if you help the bottom of the chain then everything improves all the way up.

Two from the Philippines and one from Mongolia. I still think it's amazing that I can send cash to help people in these places, then get it back to send out to other people. Awesome!

Posted by: LoloNipples Jun 22 2011, 02:58 PM

I love the upturned collar on the first one! He's cool like the Fonze. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Jun 22 2011, 03:28 PM

hehe the first one he is cool like the Fonze. But the last one has 'tude.

I like the whole consept that the small amount I can afford can go to help someone and when I get it back it can back out to help someone else rather than just disapearing after helping just the one.

Posted by: Professor Mata Van Giggly Toes P Jun 25 2011, 10:58 AM

Yeah, that Mongolian guy is very cool isn't he? Who could resist a man who looks so unconsciously suave? smile.gif

Posted by: elphaba2 Aug 3 2011, 08:47 PM

$50 to Marie in Benin today! Completely forgot I had kivamoney. I wish this happened in my real-life bank account.

Posted by: LoLo Aug 6 2011, 03:01 AM

Love the ladle action going on there!

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Aug 7 2011, 12:47 PM

But she's stolen the Walrus's bukkit! tongue.gif

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Aug 21 2011, 04:49 PM

New loan. I thought they were a nice colourfull bunch.

Posted by: Mata Sep 8 2011, 07:06 PM

Wissam Abdel Zahra Nayef
It says a lot about Iraq that this guy feels better hiding his face. Now that's a tough life.

Is that a ginger Pakistani chap? I didn't know that was possible.

Cor! Look at those melons!

Posted by: LoLo Sep 8 2011, 07:51 PM

(the last two are the same link)

It does say something that he has to hide his face, but that is a nice box he's using to do so!

Posted by: Mata Sep 14 2011, 06:48 PM

Oops, here's the link to the Iraqi chap: He has quite poor posture.

Posted by: BigMistake Sep 25 2011, 11:55 AM

Joined Kiva and the group. Going through my financials today to see what my budget is going to be. It's a hassle, being a student and all wink.gif

Posted by: Mata Sep 25 2011, 01:04 PM

It gives me a warm feeling inside doing this, but get your finances sorted for your education first! /responsible lecturer

Posted by: BigMistake Sep 25 2011, 01:43 PM

QUOTE (Mata @ Sep 25 2011, 03:04 PM) *
It gives me a warm feeling inside doing this, but get your finances sorted for your education first! /responsible lecturer

I have decided to sacrifice my Skyrim pre-order and use it for Kiva. And I've included 50 euro's a month for charities. And I'm still rich, apparently.


I started off with a pig farmer from the Phillipines and a woodsworkman (actual word?) from Armenia.

Posted by: LoLo Sep 26 2011, 08:00 AM

QUOTE (BigMistake @ Sep 25 2011, 06:43 AM) *
QUOTE (Mata @ Sep 25 2011, 03:04 PM) *
It gives me a warm feeling inside doing this, but get your finances sorted for your education first! /responsible lecturer

I have decided to sacrifice my Skyrim pre-order and use it for Kiva. And I've included 50 euro's a month for charities. And I'm still rich, apparently.


I started off with a pig farmer from the Phillipines and a woodsworkman (actual word?) from Armenia.

How do you go about picking your people? I like to choose them by interesting things in their pictures, like my first loan went to a lady who had a t-shirt I liked and a pig.

Posted by: BigMistake Sep 26 2011, 11:13 AM

QUOTE (LoLo @ Sep 26 2011, 10:00 AM) *
QUOTE (BigMistake @ Sep 25 2011, 06:43 AM) *
QUOTE (Mata @ Sep 25 2011, 03:04 PM) *
It gives me a warm feeling inside doing this, but get your finances sorted for your education first! /responsible lecturer

I have decided to sacrifice my Skyrim pre-order and use it for Kiva. And I've included 50 euro's a month for charities. And I'm still rich, apparently.


I started off with a pig farmer from the Phillipines and a woodsworkman (actual word?) from Armenia.

How do you go about picking your people? I like to choose them by interesting things in their pictures, like my first loan went to a lady who had a t-shirt I liked and a pig.

Well, the pig farmer I chose mainly because I filtered my search for agriculture (I liked what Mata said about improving the bottom so it can work its way up) and the Armenian mainly because it was the only one in the production category, and I was interested in that. They're both pretty long-term loans but hey, apparently people sometimes pay back sooner tongue.gif. In the future I'll probably choose loans from 3rd world countries (not sure if the Phillipines are considered a 3rd world country but I think it's pretty close).

Posted by: Mata Sep 26 2011, 02:35 PM

Yep, agriculture is my main theme. I think I also go for people who sound like they've got a good plan for expanding their business. I enjoy trying to send my money to new places, though I often return to countries where I know there has been a lot of war because I like the idea of helping people find stability.

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Oct 19 2011, 01:32 PM

I liked her style. biggrin.gif

Posted by: LoLo Nov 1 2011, 06:45 PM

Posted by: Mata Nov 16 2011, 01:37 PM

- Come over here! There's still some sun in this corner!

- It's like SO TOTALLY unfair. I spend all day in the sun and I'm still pale!

- Like, I know! What's up with that?

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Nov 19 2011, 11:03 AM

This one just seemed a really good idea for loaning my money to.

Posted by: Mata Nov 19 2011, 03:01 PM

Oo yes, that does look like a good one. Today I've chosen my donatees based on their names (although I did filter by agriculture):

Aladin from Azerbaijan

Peace from Uganda I hope the loan cheers her up a bit.

Posted by: Mata Dec 10 2011, 03:14 PM Sokchea in Cambodia - these women look like they are lovely, tiny, and they will probably outlive me. A group in Uganda - they look like a nice bunch of people.

Apparently I have now sent out 51 loans!

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Dec 11 2011, 08:57 PM

Small and a little angry...

Posted by: Mata Dec 13 2011, 11:04 AM

I suspect that being very stubborn can improve your life expectancy. I can imagine the Grim Reaper being a bit afraid of them.

Posted by: BigMistake Dec 16 2011, 01:08 PM

I got back my first 47 cents! =D

Posted by: Mata Dec 18 2011, 02:52 PM

It almost feels mean to ask for your money back, but I've made over 50 loans now, so those returned loans are helping people many times over smile.gif

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Dec 20 2011, 06:05 PM

I just see it as I can help more people with the small amount I can afford. biggrin.gif

Posted by: LoLo Dec 27 2011, 03:56 PM

Another financial aid cheque means another loan

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Dec 27 2011, 07:58 PM

I also added a bit more money and loaned it to this lady with a cool pig.

Posted by: snooodlysnoosnoosnoodle Dec 27 2011, 08:04 PM

And I finally got off my butt and have given a loan to this guy with a pretty sewing machine

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Dec 28 2011, 12:24 PM

It is a very prretty sewing machine and I did want to donate to him but I already have one long loan so couldn't afford to loan to him to if I wanted to keep the money moving.

Posted by: Mata Dec 29 2011, 12:12 PM

I'd buy a suit from him. He looks awesome.

Posted by: Mata Jan 21 2012, 05:49 PM

Boo! One of my loans to Afghanistan has defaulted, leaving me all of about $7 out of pocket! Scandal! biggrin.gif

I think that's the second default out of 52 loans. I think I can live with that.

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Jan 21 2012, 07:40 PM

Ohhh! Nooes!

Not bad going really. biggrin.gif

Posted by: BigMistake Jan 22 2012, 05:06 PM

Yesterday I got an email saying my first loan now has 1.50 euros paid off! wowzorz! tongue.gif

Posted by: Mata Jan 31 2012, 07:49 PM

Hurrah! I've had some good repayments this month, so there are three new loans: (He looks bloomin' freezing)


Posted by: Cath Sparrow Mar 17 2012, 07:02 PM

Got a new loan going this was for a tailor so could resist

Posted by: CheeseMoose Mar 17 2012, 09:00 PM

My balance just popped over $25 again so I've lent to

Posted by: BigMistake Mar 17 2012, 10:44 PM

For some reason I complete missed the email telling me my first loan has been completely repaid! Woohoo! Chose him because it's an agriculture one, and I liked his story. That and it's his second loan, which I think shows commitment. Chose her because I thought I should pick one of the lesser-developed countries, and apparently there were only 10 loans in Thailand.

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Jun 20 2012, 03:46 PM

New loan for a lady who does embroidery in Paraguay

Also thought I might as well pin this topic it's fairly regularly use and for a good cause (and I'm being lazy and not wantting the bother of hunting it up again tongue.gif )

Posted by: LoLo Jun 24 2012, 06:40 PM

I just got a bunch repaid so could loan again.

I chose:

She just looked so happy and it's always good to loan to someone who needs a fryer.

Posted by: Mata Jun 24 2012, 10:23 PM

Aw, she does look very happy, doesn't she?

I've got a small pile of cash sitting there at the moment - I'm going to have a big loaning out session sometime this week I think smile.gif

Posted by: Mata Jul 16 2012, 07:04 PM

I've been a bit lax in keeping up with re-lending my money, so today I made six loans!

My favourite was to this lady:

The look on her face just says 'Yes. I have chickens. You want to take my photo. If you must, then do so; such is life.'

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Aug 25 2012, 01:15 PM

Found I had enough for a new loan today.

Posted by: BigMistake Aug 25 2012, 01:20 PM

QUOTE (Cath Sparrow @ Aug 25 2012, 03:15 PM) *
Found I had enough for a new loan today.

And then I checked and I had enough as well! tongue.gif

I chose him because I like his resourcefulness, turning scrap metal into new products.

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Nov 19 2012, 04:45 PM

New loan to buy guineapigs

Posted by: Mata Nov 19 2012, 08:19 PM

Delicious, delicious guineapigs! Om nom nom! biggrin.gif

I made a few loans this weekend: This sounded like a reasonable business plan... Healthy pigs are tasty pigs (and easier to sell) No particular reason, except I fancied sending money to the Philippines More pigs! For sexing! Hurrah!

I love this site.

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Nov 21 2012, 07:08 PM

snoo gave me her credit to throw around the place. So I steered clear of the comestible guinea pigs and went for medical stuff.

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Dec 4 2012, 07:26 PM

I think I must have been refunded a loan that didn't reach the target amount because there was enough in my account for a loan. I think someone was playing with instagram.

Posted by: Yannick Dec 4 2012, 09:00 PM

Just made my first loan. smile.gif

Lent to Custodio because blankets are awesome.

I wish I knew about getting $25 from a sponsor if I signed up under a friend before, though. Oh well.

Posted by: Mata Dec 5 2012, 02:10 PM

I thought I'd join in with the instagram team:

And another to this lady: primarily so I might be able to remember where Tajijistan is in future. Perhaps.

Posted by: Yannick Dec 5 2012, 06:18 PM

Just checked and saw that Custodio finished raising money, yay! This is a little addictive. I just got a job that I start in two weeks, and I think I'll try to make at least one new loan with every paycheck. I mean, someone has to compete with Mata. tongue.gif

Posted by: Mata Dec 17 2012, 03:12 PM

One of my loans just defaulted! Gadzooks! I have lost all of $1.57! biggrin.gif

You know, I think I can handle that. I hope that they managed to get further in life with the loan.

Posted by: Mata Dec 18 2012, 07:50 PM

You shall never catch me!

Not while I help the likes of Alfred from Uganda. Who doesn't like loaning money to people called Alfred, eh?
I'm also sending dosh to Daimer Rafael. He looks so happy, and he's named after a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, so life is good.

Posted by: Yannick Dec 19 2012, 05:55 PM

Mata, slow down. I don't get paid until the apocalypse. tongue.gif

Posted by: Yannick Dec 21 2012, 01:46 AM

Got paid early! A loan went out to Sunshine, who wants to buy toys and candy for her business. It was just a lot of happiness in one profile.

Posted by: Yannick Jan 17 2013, 10:09 PM

Got a little bit of money back from my previous loans, which was relent to Zaki. I think I pick really random reasons for this stuff, but I've been watching a lot of The Office lately, and Oscar really wanted a new photocopier with the surplus money. Instead, Michael got the office new chairs. I figured someone else should get that photocopier.{%2210151229175081342%22%3A272047832924983}&action_type_map={%2210151229175081342%22%3A%22kivadotorg%3Amake%22}&action_ref_map=[]

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Feb 1 2013, 09:45 PM

That Tash!

Posted by: Mata Feb 6 2013, 09:58 PM

This chap seems to have a fairly sensible plan, to be honest:

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Apr 26 2013, 02:23 PM

Not come across a fishing one before.

Posted by: Mata Apr 26 2013, 05:32 PM

Cath - she's 38 and had 5 children. Eek! She's saving to send the kids to college... That's going to cost a bit with that many!

I've been a bit lax at relending, so here's a splurge: they look awesome he's giving a cow oranges. This is a good thing she has a lovely coy smile ... Just because I fancied sending something to Vietnam because his life sounds ridiculously tough and he probably deserves a bit of help.


Posted by: Yannick Apr 28 2013, 08:21 AM

Oh man, I forgot about this. because I know how much paying for tuition sucks, after having just paid for my first (and hopefully only) semester.

Posted by: Mata May 19 2013, 03:49 PM

Three more: because he's got an awesome face. Do the photographers even tell the people they're about to take the photo? So many times it looks like the images were snapped halfway through a conversation. Usually it doesn't look like a very convivial conversation either. because he's carrying a sheep. Maybe the sheep is tired? winner of this round's Most Awkward Looking Photo award.

Posted by: Mata Jun 16 2013, 03:38 PM Look at her awesome T-shirt! This lady wants bush knives. That's the kind of person I want to give money to!

Posted by: Mata Jul 30 2013, 06:06 PM beautiful landscape. nice to see some smiling faces for a change!

Posted by: Mata Oct 18 2013, 01:07 PM

She has cows, but now she needs a stable. That sounds fair enough:

And another cow request:

Clearly I'm the mood for dairy funding today!

Posted by: Mata Jan 7 2014, 09:38 PM PIGGIES! Yeah... Being able to repair cars while it's raining seems like a reasonable goal in life. Not exactly impoverished, as farmers go, but he sounds like a reasonable chap.

I also have been making loans to countries I've not lent to before. So far I've only lent to 36 of 73 possible countries. Gotta catch 'em all!

Posted by: Mata Jul 6 2014, 09:31 PM

Is anyone else still doing this?

Posted by: Moosh Jul 20 2014, 09:32 AM

I am, most recently to , but a combination of choosing some with very long repayment schedules and not enough money to make several loans at a time means I don't do it often.

Posted by: Mata Dec 17 2014, 02:47 PM

Good to see it's still going smile.gif


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Posted by: Mata Sep 25 2015, 01:53 PM

Huzzah again!

Posted by: Mata Feb 15 2016, 07:05 PM

Everyone else still bouncing money around?

Posted by: Mata Apr 25 2016, 11:14 PM

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