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Just sharing one of my favorite things to do - help people! I'm sure some of you know about Microfinance companies - but for those don't -

Wiki says: More broadly, it is a movement whose object is "a world in which as many poor and near-poor households as possible have permanent access to an appropriate range of high quality financial services, including not just credit but also savings, insurance, and fund transfers."[1] Those who promote microfinance generally believe that such access will help poor people out of poverty. Click here to read more

I've loaned through a company called for a few years now - and I urge more of us to do so!

How does it work? I loan $25 dollars to someone in need - they repay it back over time - and then I get to loan it out again! I love it and it makes me feel good to do it!

Over the last three years - I've loaned to a Fruit and Vegetable Seller in Cambodia, a Tailor in Peru, a Taxicab driver in Vietnam, a Used Clothing Retailer in Mexico - the list goes on. The great thing is - you can reloan this $25 as many times as you like!

You can also make groups (a great opportunity to Real Estate brokerages to get their agents together - build some company moral!)

Enjoy the video!! And let's get loaning!!




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Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

Hi Emily,

Yeah, I heard an entire interview on NPR (does Canada get U.S. National Public Radio?) with the guy that started  It sounded great but I didn't lend any money.  I don't have much to lend.  Good for you and I'm sure you've made a hard-working entrepreneur happy and perhaps jump-started a successful business.

Feb 21, 2011 01:25 PM #1
Paul Caloca
The Papas Group (DRE #01766524) - Scotts Valley, CA

I've been a member of Kiva for a few years. I loand out a modest mount of money and I keep recycling it to new projects when $25 or more is repaid. It's a great way to make my money keep doing good works.

Feb 21, 2011 04:51 PM #2
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Emily and I have never heard of and it sounds very interesting!

Vegas Bob ;o)

Feb 21, 2011 05:22 PM #3
Emily Read
Salt Lake City, UT

@Lloyd - I totally understand - times are tough out there!!

@Paul - That. Is. Awesome.

@VegasBob - Hi Bob! :) Happy Monday!! Yes - it's totally interesting - it's a great company!! They're making this world a better place!

Feb 21, 2011 05:36 PM #4
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