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    Lend money via Kiva website!

    I read about Kiva at a sewing website I frequent, and I was quite taken with this organization (and made several loans)
    Info here:
    http://www.kiva.org/

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    The link wont open for me.
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    I've done this for a group of women in Peru who were trying to purchase a freezer for their small grocery store. It was a small investment that was paid back. I can reclaim my money or reinvest it. I am now looking at another group to reinvest in---it conceivably be the gift that keeps on giving. I LOVE Kiva---I am unemployed and at least I can do this to help others. Who knew?

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    Thanks for the link Marge. I never heard of this but I love the idea.

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    I started with 2 loans about a year and a half ago, and have since been able to reloan the same money multiple times.

    I have mixed feelings about the whole thing - as I don't think that high-interest loans are always the route to a better life and dependence on credit can turn out to be a negative; however, I do think there are a lot of cases where it does do good so I'm willing to risk the exceptions.

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    Well, I am perfectly willing to give it a chance. It may help some people, and there is no risk to me - my money will be returned.

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    One of my loans was just paid back. So I guess this thing is really working!

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    I love Kiva too! I started donating in 2008 and have had the same loan from 4 years ago repaid multiple times back. It's a great way to be able to continuously give back in an affordable manner.

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    Thanks for this! I just did my first loan!
    I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.~W. C. Fields

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    I've been loaning through Kiva for about 5 years, I've only had one loan default, but it was a loan made in a country that ended up in a civil war.

    Really love this site, I've also purchased gift cards to the site and given them to various friends and family members to help them become involved. I highly recommend it.

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    2 more of my loans have been paid back in full, and the other 6 are all paying back on time. I love this thing.

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    I'm due to get my first repayment in May! I spent some time working in rural Peru and was thrilled to be able to lend to a lady who works in the cheese industry - BEST. CHEESE. EVER.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    One of my loans was just paid back. So I guess this thing is really working!
    Mine too.

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    2 more loans paid back!

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    Thanks for posting this, I want to make a loan.

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    This site sounds great, I'd like to try it.

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    I've got one more paid back and I've gotten my dad, one of my friends, and her mom to join as well!

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    I've been meaning to join for years as I knew one of the Kiva Fellows. I finally did a couple months ago. There's an on-going promotion for existing Kiva members to invite new members and both will receive free $25 loans.
    If you have an account, post your referral link here for others to sign up and get referral bonus and lend away!
    My free loan is being repaid now, but I do not get the money back as it wasn't mine to begin with.
    Try it and see how you like it: http://www.kiva.org/invitedby/sasha2525
    lurking and delurking

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