Pay it Forward-Kiva.org

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This is my first entry into this but I have read many contributions that are amazing and shows the goodness that exist in the real estate industry. Over the years I have tried to show a pay back for the privileges afforded me, and I wanted to share a way to do that in a different way and that is Kiva.org. 

For my wedding anniversary a leadership trainer gave us $100 donated to kiva.org which I had never heard of. Going to the website I found that it was a US based 501(c)3 that now lends to the underprivileged in 82 countries with a 97.2% repayment rate. They give you a lot of confidence that this is well vetted out. So far 1.6 million people have joined and donated. I decided that I would give $100 a year to start after the original gift and I have been tracking the paybacks. So far I have only 2 outstanding loans still not fully paid back and they are on time. One was for a poor woman in Cambodia who I know will take care of our loans. 

The loans you give can be specified buy all sorts of categories like places in the world, gender, types of loans like with agriculture so you have a lot of choice. I will get emails where large nonprofits will match you donations so it can go twice as far. I normally do $25 gifts and also contribute to Kiva to help pay theri expenses. These people are like us, entrepreneurs who are trying to make a living but without us, cannot. I think about the people who helped me along the way so we should never forget to help those in need. A loan I made today was for a woman in Cincinnati so we have poverty and want here too.

Check out the site, and I am posting one of the loans I have done in Nicaragua. Thank you for creating a contest that allows us to share so many ways we help others and I wish all of you a healthy and happy holiday season.

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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
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Hi Joe, great way to give back to those who are less fortunate. I never heard of Kiva till now, thanks for sharing.

Nov 28, 2016 11:55 AM #1
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
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Hi Joe --- thanks for the introduction to Kiva and sharing your successful relationship.  I recall reading about another program with similar results.  

Nov 28, 2016 01:03 PM #2
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Joe,

We knew about Kiva, and good for you for being part of this worthwhile project. A

Nov 28, 2016 01:28 PM #3
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Belinda Spillman
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This sounds like a great cause and a very good way to make a difference in the world!  Thank you for sharing.

Nov 28, 2016 03:14 PM #4
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Kiva.org sounds like a great place to pay it forward, Joe!  It is amazing how far American dollars will go in some places on the globe in comparison to here at home.

Nov 28, 2016 04:48 PM #5
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Debbie Reynolds
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I didn't know there was something like this out there. I like that it is stretchingbeyond our borders. 

Nov 28, 2016 05:57 PM #6
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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
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Good morning Joe.  Like you I've never heard of that one before.  So many to help so little time 

Nov 29, 2016 03:00 AM #7
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
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Sounds like a very worthwhile organization, I definitely enjoy being able to help people achieve success.

Nov 29, 2016 06:32 AM #8
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
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Hi Joe - Kudos to you. Kiva is a great organization and can make a huge difference for so many people. I also have contributed to it in the past and will continue to support their efforts.

Nov 29, 2016 12:36 PM #9
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Joe, thanks for the information on kiva.org and I will be checking this site out. This is a great way to give back to those who are less fortunate.

Nov 29, 2016 01:06 PM #10
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Roy Kelley
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It is a very good time for all of us to lend our support to the causes that are important to us.

Nov 29, 2016 04:41 PM #11
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
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Thanks for sharing the information about Kiva! I never heard of it before. That leadership trainer gave you a great and very thoughtful gift that can change lives and truly make a difference. I was glad you shared it today with all of us here on ActiveRain. I can see how and why it's a great way to pay-it-forward!

Nov 30, 2016 09:10 AM #12
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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
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Joe Pryor I had not heard of Kiva.org before your post.  Thank you for sharing your experience with them!

Dec 01, 2016 12:58 PM #13
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Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
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Thank you for telling us about KIVA and how they are helping many folks across the world. 

Dec 01, 2016 02:19 PM #14
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Joe kudos to you, I am glad you support such causes, I am more for local causes...there are so many in need virtually walking distance from us...Endre

Dec 02, 2016 09:55 PM #15
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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I hope you are enjoying a most productive week.

Have an outstanding weekend.

Dec 03, 2016 04:44 PM #16
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Thanks for sharing, I have never heard of Kiva until I read your blog.

Dec 04, 2016 07:14 PM #17
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Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Hello Joe

Never heard of Kiva and you are a very kind man ...

Dec 04, 2016 07:58 PM #18
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