I have just made four loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world using a revolutionary new website called Kiva. The first loan, I made in my own name. The other three are under the new Kiva group called – yes, you guessed it, No Tall Poppies. Come and join us! From the home page (http://www.kiva.org) go to the COMMUNITY page, enter No Tall Poppies into the search box and then ask to join us. Or just click here: http://is.gd/iTKw
We are an open team. When you elect to join our team, you first join kiva.org – and then you can choose to share with us as we change the world – one loan at a time.
You can go join our group on Kiva’s website and lend to someone in the developing world who needs a loan for their business – like raising goats, selling vegetables at market or making bricks. Each loan has a picture of the entrepreneur, a description of their business and how they plan to use the loan so you know exactly how your money is being spent – and you get updates letting you know how the entrepreneur is going.
The best part is, when the entrepreneur pays back their loan you get your money back – and Kiva’s loans are managed by microfinance institutions on the ground who have a lot of experience doing this, so you can trust that your money is being handled responsibly.
I made my first, personal loan to an entrepreneur named Vera Safo in Ghana. Then, I set up the No Tall Poppies team. Please note that you will not have the ability to count your loans towards any of your lending teams unless you log into your Kiva account before going through the checkout process. That’s when you get to nominate your lending team. 🙂
You can choose any of the three projects in the No Tall Poppies team or simply select your own project and have it “counted” as part of our team effort. These are the three we started with: http://is.gd/iTJN ; http://is.gd/iTGD ; http://is.gd/iTwt .
It’s finally easy to actually do something about poverty – using Kiva I know exactly who my money is loaned to and what they’re using it for. And most of all, I know that I’m helping them build a sustainable business that will provide income to feed, clothe, house and educate their family long after my loan is paid back.
Join me in changing the world – one loan at a time.
What others are saying about www.Kiva.org:
‘Revolutionising how donors and lenders in the US are connecting with small entrepreneurs in developing countries.’
‘If you’ve got 25 bucks, a PC and a PayPal account, you’ve now got the wherewithal to be an international financier.’
— CNN Money
‘Smaller investors can make loans of as little as $25 to specific individual entrepreneurs through a service launched last fall by Kiva.org.’
— The Wall Street Journal
‘An inexpensive feel-good investment opportunity…All loaned funds go directly to the applicants, and most loans are repaid in full.’
— Entrepreneur Magazine