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

http://www.kiva.org/team/matazone

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. http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesse...ut&id=88195 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!
Smiler
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.
CrazyFooIAintGettinOnNoPlane
*bump*

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...
Mata
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
Mata
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!

http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesse...t&id=102424
Cath Sparrow
I think it's in the Phillipeans. (took a look on google earth biggrin.gif )
elphaba2
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
Mata
Cool! Thanks for joining in. Team Matazone is now helping out Félicité Aziakpor in Tsévié, Togo too! Thanks Elph! smile.gif

http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesse...t&id=101450

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!
gothictheysay
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!
Mata
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!

http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesse...t&id=107613
Mata
We are now helping Nizamaddin Mammadov, a cattle farmer in Sabirabad, Azerbaijan:

http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesse...t&id=109062

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
Cath Sparrow
Just joined and added a bit more to the pot.
Mata
Cool, thanks Cath! smile.gif Warning: It's a bit addictive!
Cath Sparrow
hehe I dont think I'll be adding anymore for the time being probably just keep that donation bouncing round. biggrin.gif
craziness
This is awesome!! I want to join the party.
Mata
We are now supporting the Mabongisi ya Nkolo Plus Group, specifically a lady called Elise Mayamba:

QUOTE
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

http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesse...t&id=118585
Cath Sparrow
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.
Mata
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:

http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesse...t&id=122694
Mata
Today's new loan is heading off to sunny Nigeria, to help a lady named Mary Alaloyin run her pharmacy:

http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesse...t&id=133882
Cath Sparrow
I got $1.34 back yesterday so will have to wait a little before I can reloan. biggrin.gif
Mata
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.
Cath Sparrow
Aye. I just put in the minimum amount and dont really have anything to top it up with.
CrazyFooIAintGettinOnNoPlane
Yeah same here. My first loan just got repaid so I've lent it to another group smile.gif
Mata
Today, money is winging its way off to Kenya, to a chap called Bedan Nganga:

http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesse...t&id=140803
Mata
Mirismayil Mammadov in Agsu, Azerbaijan is today's lucky chap.

http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesse...t&id=141949
Mata
Three new benefitees for the Matazone group:

Rang La in Cambodia
http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesse...t&id=156293

Mindu Samata in Tanzania
http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesse...t&id=157191

Indira Mabel Arias Sabando in Ecuador
http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesse...t&id=156519

Fancy joining in? Here's the group:
http://www.kiva.org/community/viewTeam?team_id=5011
Mata
Two more today:

Mouhamad in Tyre, southern Lebanon:
http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesse...t&id=173136

Guluzar Bakhshaliyeva in Baku City, Azerbaijan
http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesse...t&id=171363
Mata
A couple more today:

Juana Viscarra in La Paz, Bolivia:
http://www.kiva.org/lend/175359

Espérance 2 Group in Palmerin, Senegal:
http://www.kiva.org/lend/172890

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?
Cath Sparrow
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.
Mata
Another four today:

Perla Roma
Philippines
http://www.kiva.org/lend/192645

Ruqaiya Parveen Muhammad Iqbal's Group
Pakistan
http://www.kiva.org/lend/188841

Gladys Wanjira Muthee
Kenya
http://www.kiva.org/lend/194272

Grace Wanja Kamau
Kenya
http://www.kiva.org/lend/194277
craziness
MY LOAN IS PAID BACK!! So exciting!! I just lent it out to a good of miners in Bolivia (http://www.kiva.org/lend/195680) because I am completely obsessed with Bolivia ..... long story but I am.
Mata
A couple more today:

Ciprian Lopez Orosco in Cochabamba, Bolivia
http://www.kiva.org/lend/196652


San Sang in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
http://www.kiva.org/lend/202383
Snugglebum the Destroyer
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
Mata
Awesome! Nice one Snuggs biggrin.gif
Snugglebum the Destroyer
I know! I did good thing!
Mata
Someone anonymous in Lebanon:
http://www.kiva.org/lend/212061

Benedicta Villarroel Jimenez from Boliva:
http://www.kiva.org/lend/210601

Wheee!
Cath Sparrow
About $10 off getting my $25 back so I can relend it. biggrin.gif
Mata
http://www.kiva.org/lend/229587

Sok Yin in Cambodia is today's charitable direction. Huzzah!
LoLo
I just loaned $25 to Ni Nyoman Karmi so she can buy some baby farm animals and expand her farm.

http://www.kiva.org/lend/229639

This is the first time I've done this biggrin.gif
MrBrick
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.
Cath Sparrow
Had enough for a new loan - http://www.kiva.org/lend/233228
Only a 6 month loan so should be able to reloan it a little quicker.
Mata
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
Cath Sparrow
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.
Mata
A definite Peruvian theme today:

Tomasa Choque Saire in Cusco, Peru
http://www.kiva.org/lend/230237

Pedro in Tarma, Peru
http://www.kiva.org/lend/231325
LoLo
QUOTE (Mata @ Oct 4 2010, 07:03 AM) *
Tomasa Choque Saire in Cusco, Peru
http://www.kiva.org/lend/230237


I love the hat. biggrin.gif
elphaba2
وهيبة في شوف في ليبنان
Wahieba in Chouf, Lebanon
http://www.kiva.org/lend/235121

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
Mata
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.
Cath Sparrow
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.
LoLo
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
Mata
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.
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