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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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  • Mayra Gisela
    El Salvador
    Mayra Gisela received a loan from Birgit in order to buy two tables for her dining hall; since the patron saint's festivals are approaching in her municipality during which there is a great demand for traditional food and she will take advantage of this to extend her business.
    Birgit
    $525 to go
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  • Lilian Suyapa
    El Salvador
    Lilian Suyapa received a loan from Birgit to buy a stove and material to make snacks as well as to buy a press to make pupusas, because the one she has has deteriorated and she needs a new one to continue with her work activity. She will also invest in improving the roof on her house.
    Birgit
    $50 to go
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  • Blanca Estela
    El Salvador
    Blanca Estela received a loan from Birgit to buy weed killer, seeds, fertilizers, insecticides and fertilizers.
    Birgit
    0% repaid
  • Ana Isabel
    El Salvador
    Ana Isabel received a loan from Birgit to buy cement, sand, gravel and bricks to build a sink and a bath and to pay to have electricity installed.
    Birgit
    $250 to go
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  • Sulma Judith
    El Salvador
    Sulma Judith received a loan from Birgit to buy trousers, blouses, skirts, shirts, stretch clothing etc. wholesale.
    Birgit
    0% repaid
  • Doris Melina
    El Salvador
    Doris Melina received a loan from Birgit to buy a freezer and drinks for her store, and also her husband will buy agricultural supplies for growing corn.
    Birgit
    $650 to go
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  • Nohema Del Ada
    El Salvador
    Nohema Del Ada received a loan from Birgit to purchase staple food items, candies, soups, soft drinks, sugar and other items.
    Birgit
     Only 4 days left! 
    $250 to go
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  • Norma  Beatriz
    El Salvador
    Norma Beatriz received a loan from Birgit to buy grains, detergents, soap, soda, candy, soup, oil, etc.
    Birgit
     Only 3 days left! 
    $525 to go
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Impact   Updated Hourly

1,701
Team Members
$5,269,775
Amount Loaned
156,860
Loans
92.2
Loans per member

Rankings Across All Teams

#5 for Amount Loaned (All Time)
#6 for Amount Loaned (Last Month)

Rankings In Common Interest Category

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