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    The Ultimate DIY

    Kiva - Loans that change lives

    This website is a loan organization that makes microloans to help poverty-stricken people start their own business, to bring themselves out of poverty. You put money into PayPal and decide who gets your money. The recipient pays you back, then you give to someone else.

    I think it's a great idea!

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    Re: The Ultimate DIY

    Quote Originally Posted by Accountable View Post
    Kiva - Loans that change lives

    This website is a loan organization that makes microloans to help poverty-stricken people start their own business, to bring themselves out of poverty. You put money into PayPal and decide who gets your money. The recipient pays you back, then you give to someone else.

    I think it's a great idea!
    Are you paid interest on the loan?

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    Re: The Ultimate DIY

    I think it's a great idea. I first heard of it when I was looking to donate an old mountain bike. A local bicycle shop was filling a shipping container with the donated bikes and Kiva was arranging donations. The goal was to ship the bikes to a village in Africa and a volunteer from the bike shop would go along with them and teach some locals how to fix bikes and open their own bike shop there. Someone from the newly formed shop would then teach some other folks in a different town/village when the next container of bikes was collected here.

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    Re: The Ultimate DIY

    Interesting concept - I'll dig.

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    Re: The Ultimate DIY

    Lets pick one to do
    I expressly forbid the use of any of my posts anywhere outside of FG (with the exception of the incredibly witty 'get a room already' )posted recently.
    Folks who'd like to copy my intellectual work should expect to pay me for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YZGI View Post
    Are you paid interest on the loan?
    "Kiva itself does not charge any interest rates on its loans because instead, they give it to microfinancing institutions for free. These microfinancing institutions then lend out money with very high interest, averaging over 30%."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiva_(organization)

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    Re: The Ultimate DIY

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady J View Post
    "Kiva itself does not charge any interest rates on its loans because instead, they give it to microfinancing institutions for free. These microfinancing institutions then lend out money with very high interest, averaging over 30%."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiva_(organization)

    Just saying......
    I checked the citation link. There was nothing there about interest at all. That's why you can't take Wiki at it's word.

    http://www.kiva.org/about/supportus/supporters/services

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    Re: The Ultimate DIY

    Quote Originally Posted by flopstock View Post
    Lets pick one to do
    I don't have a PayPal account. Makes me nervous.

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    Re: The Ultimate DIY

    How Kiva selects its Field Partners

    Kiva seeks to partner with a range of organizational types, including microfinance institutions (MFIs), social businesses, schools and non-profit organizations. When selecting our Field Partners, we favor organizations that excel in:

    Client protection, especially regarding the prevention of over-indebtedness, fair and transparent pricing, good collection practices and the security of client information
    Targeting and outreach that ensures vital services reach the unbanked, the under-served and the poor
    Innovative loan products, savings and non-financial services specifically tailored to the needs of the target group
    Measuring outcomes in the lives of client borrowers and savers
    Many of our partners are chosen because in addition to lending money, they also offer services such as savings, financial literacy training and empowerment programs.

    How Kiva Works, Simplified | Kiva

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    Re: The Ultimate DIY

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