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We loan because...
After stumbling into a job as a luxury travel writer, I saw so much poverty that I decided to turn those paychecks into Kiva loans. Then I visited a bunch of clients, who were amazing, and I've written a book about it called "The International Bank of Bob" (Walker/Bloomsbury, March 5, 2013).

I hope the book will get more people to feel a greater understanding of Kiva, a better appreciation of the role of microfinance, and most of all, more connected to the rest of the world.

About us
People who realize that if we switched places with the recipients, they'd loan to us just as happily. So, fair's fair.

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Team Activity

  • Roda
    Philippines
    Roda received a loan from SMistry to purchase more items to sell like canned goods, eggs, milk, and sugar.
    SMistry
    $500 to go
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  • Maxima
    Philippines
    Maxima received a loan from Polina to purchase mungbeans and rice grains to sell.
    Polina
    $75 to go
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  • Everlyne
    Kenya
    Everlyne received a loan from SMistry to buy more stocks of shoes and clothes for resale.
    SMistry
    $175 to go
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  • Rosa Lina
    Philippines
    Rosa Lina received a loan from SMistry to purchase additional boxes of dried fish to sell.
    SMistry
    $175 to go
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  • Analiza
    Philippines
    Analiza received a loan from Polina to purchase additional vegetabkes to sell.
    Polina
    $450 to go
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  • Beatriz
    Philippines
    Beatriz received a loan from SMistry to buy new supplies for her tailoring business.
    SMistry
    0% repaid
  • Ma. Socorro
    Philippines
    Ma. Socorro received a loan from 2 team members to buy ingredients for her food business.
    SMistry Polina
    $50 to go
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  • Oanh
    Vietnam
    Oanh received a loan from SMistry to buy food to sell, repair her motorbike and pay for her children's school fees.
    SMistry
    $225 to go
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  • Teresita
    Philippines
    Teresita received a loan from Polina to buy ingredients for her food business.
    Polina
    0% repaid
  • Amancia
    Philippines
    Amancia received a loan from SMistry to purchase gasoline and spare parts for her motorcycle.
    SMistry
    $125 to go
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  • Donabella
    Philippines
    Donabella received a loan from Aaron to purchase charcoal, rice and pork.
    Aaron
    0% repaid

Impact   Updated Hourly

1,720
Team Members
$5,414,525
Amount Loaned
161,022
Loans
93.6
Loans per member

Rankings Across All Teams

#6 for Amount Loaned (All Time)
#9 for Amount Loaned (This Month)

Rankings In Common Interest Category

#10 for New Users (This Month)
#4 for Amount Loaned (All Time)
#5 for Amount Loaned (This Month)
#6 for Amount Loaned (Last Month)