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The FlyerTalk Lending Team on Kiva:
improving lives a small loan at a time.

Kiva.org is the not-for-profit microlending organization that networks people willing to lend to small entrepreneurs in developing nations using available technology and international networking / collaboration, and how Kiva.org had become an approved FlyerTalk charity thanks to TalkBoard's approval June 29, 2008 <link> It is listed on the FlyerTalk Cares page.

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"Kiva is a grassroots project started by a team with a big idea: one-to-one, real-time lending to the poor via the Internet. Currently, we take no cut of the loan you make through our site -- 100% goes to the entrepreneur. We suggest a 10% donation, in addition to your loan, to help us cover our costs. Kiva is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and your donation is tax-deductible for US taxpayers." (Suggested donations for administrative overhead, low though that is, are not required - you may lend 100% if you so choose.)
Since June 2008, a FlyerTalker Lending Team has formed on Kiva.org; there were ten of us with 55 loans worth $1,375.00 as of Feb 27, 2009. But...

As of 15 May 2016 it's 607 FlyerTalk lending team who have lent $2,209,175 in 37,092 loans!

Our motto is: "We loan because: We want to fight global poverty while earning miles."

This is tangible evidence Flyertalk Cares! There are likely other FlyerTalkers on Kiva who have not joined - if you are one of them, do so now to show your and FT's support and involvement. If you haven't lent yet, check it out - you may want to join up. For the low-income entrepreneurs on five continents who are requesting loans, microlending is significant - and it takes a lot of drops to fill the bucket. (Read on to see updates!)

Now, we can see this sophisticated network link resources from those who can lend (no interest, sorry!) with those who are needy, worthy and screened by local NGOs and have a need to start / expand their small business to enhance their and their families' survival. And, using PayPal and your FFP/FFG linked card or account, you can earn miles or points with many loans!

FlyerTalkers are lending, and fulfilling one of FT's seminal values, that of "paying it forward."

Read more about Kiva.org, who supports and enables it (Intel, Google, Paypal, Intuit and many others,) and see if you have $25.00 (or more) you can lend someone deserving in a land you have visited and enjoyed (or not.)

This is how it works:


Add your experiences here, or if you haven't joined... won't you consider joining the FlyerTalker Lending Team?

You can see who the latest FT borrowers are (some still possibly needing loans) here

For ease, you can click here: Subscribe to FlyerTalker Lending Team on Kiva.org

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Old Dec 4, 12, 7:33 pm   #1021
  
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Write a TripAdvisor report and get a free $25 Kiva loan.

http://www.kiva.org/updates/kiva/201...st-to-you.html

Hat tip to canucklehead on Milepoint.
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Old Dec 11, 12, 12:03 pm   #1022
  
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In currently with 7 loans in Paraguay and Columbia.

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Old Dec 13, 12, 8:44 pm   #1023
  
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Proud to have just joined the FlyerTalkers team on Kiva!

Having traveled quite extensively to many of the countries heavily represented on Kiva, thanks in big part to FlyerTalk, giving something back and enabling people to succeed is the least we can do.
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Old Dec 13, 12, 9:32 pm   #1024
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Write a TripAdvisor report and get a free $25 Kiva loan.

http://www.kiva.org/updates/kiva/201...st-to-you.html

Hat tip to canucklehead on Milepoint.
Thanks for sharing it here and submitted a review of a local restaurant so hope it works.
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Old Dec 13, 12, 9:34 pm   #1025
  
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Proud to have just joined the FlyerTalkers team on Kiva!

Having traveled quite extensively to many of the countries heavily represented on Kiva, thanks in big part to FlyerTalk, giving something back and enabling people to succeed is the least we can do.
Welcome to the team!
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Old Dec 14, 12, 8:59 am   #1026
  
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Welcome to the team!
Thank you! Officially in for the team! +$150 over 4 loans spread around the globe.
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Old Dec 15, 12, 11:31 am   #1027
  
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Credits are starting to come in today.

Added to a couple of loans already credited to the FlyerTalk team that are still fundraising.

Gemma
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Old Dec 15, 12, 3:45 pm   #1028
  
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Other loan by FT members that are still raising funds http://www.kiva.org/team/flyertalker...us=fundRaising
Now I only add to other FT Kiva loans
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Old Dec 16, 12, 7:12 pm   #1029
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Thanks for sharing it here and submitted a review of a local restaurant so hope it works.
Sadly have not received the anticipated email from Tripadvisor regarding this Kiva promotion so perhaps this is a U.S. only offer.
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Old Dec 17, 12, 12:29 pm   #1030
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Proud to have just joined the FlyerTalkers team on Kiva!
Welcome to the team!!

I went on a loaning spree a few days ago when repayments started rolling in. If I feel frisky this afternoon, I may add a few more.

Number of Team Members: 344
Number of Loans: 9,021
Total Amount Loaned: $315,700
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Old Dec 17, 12, 1:12 pm   #1031
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Welcome to the team!!

I went on a loaning spree a few days ago when repayments started rolling in. If I feel frisky this afternoon, I may add a few more.

Number of Team Members: 344
Number of Loans: 9,021
Total Amount Loaned: $315,700
For some reason, Kiva will not load when I'm at work. I know I have repayments, but I'm not able to do anything in regards to it.
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Old Dec 17, 12, 11:10 pm   #1032
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For some reason, Kiva will not load when I'm at work. I know I have repayments, but I'm not able to do anything in regards to it.
Works for me.

I hope to be able to make some new loans this holiday season and have been encouraging family, friends & co-workers to do the same as it's these annual milestones that remind me how lucky I am.
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Old Dec 22, 12, 10:50 am   #1033
  
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Here is a very interesting new loan, which will provide funding for the repair and expansion of a community water distribution system in a small city in Paraguay:
http://www.kiva.org/lend/511049
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Old Dec 23, 12, 8:41 am   #1034
  
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Down to the last 16% needed.....

Here's a new one that is close to fully funded.

It supports a group of women in Bolivia who are running micobusinesses to support their families and improve their lives.

I just rolled over $100 of my received payments into this project and I hope other FlyerTalkers will consider supporting it as well.

http://www.kiva.org/lend/504153
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Old Dec 23, 12, 6:50 pm   #1035
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Here's a new one that is close to fully funded.

It supports a group of women in Bolivia who are running micobusinesses to support their families and improve their lives.

I just rolled over $100 of my received payments into this project and I hope other FlyerTalkers will consider supporting it as well.

http://www.kiva.org/lend/504153
Donated $50 towards it, for my MIL's Christmas present.
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