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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.

"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 was 607 FlyerTalk lending team who have lent $2,209,175 in 37,092 loans! And now as of 30 June 2019 it is 941 members who have lent $6,415,775 in 71,722 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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FlyerTalker Lending Team on Kiva.org!

Old Apr 13, 2010, 12:40 pm
  #226  
 
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I challenge every member of this site to make one loan this month. You know you want the free miles.

Use a miles-earning credit card and help support entrepreneurship. Your loan will be repaid by the borrower and you pocket the miles. Everybody wins.

http://www.kiva.org/team/flyertalkers
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Old Apr 13, 2010, 2:00 pm
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Originally Posted by specialeffects
As of 4/13 we are at 903 loans between 122 members. Is it to much to ask our community to increase the loans to 1000 by April 30th?
Closing in on $30,000 total as well.
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Old Apr 13, 2010, 3:36 pm
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I will definitely add a few loans when repayments come in in a few days. We should hit 1,000 loans/$30,000 easily.
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 6:05 am
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Statistic Name FlyerTalkers
Number of Team Members 122
Number of Loans 918
Number of Loans per Member 7.5
Total Amount Loaned $28,225

Money for April is starting to be re paid now so time to re-lend

2 of us from FT have supported this loan: Joyeux Lutins Plus Group . $2750 still needed so join the FT team on this loan.
http://www.kiva.org/team/flyertalkers

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Old Apr 15, 2010, 6:46 am
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi
...
2 of us from FT have supported this loan: Joyeux Lutins Plus Group . $2750 still needed so join the FT team on this loan.
...
I'm in too!

Cheers,

GenevaFlyer
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 8:43 am
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I just added 4 more loans, including 1 to Joyeux Lutins Plus Group. FlyerTalk is now the #1 team lending to this group. Keep it up!
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 11:04 am
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Looks like April repayments are all posted. Anyone want to join me in supporting this group from the desperately poor Republic of Congo: http://www.kiva.org/lend/190859

Their fundraising has been a little slow.
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 5:45 pm
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Look like another FT'er joing the group in the last 12 hours

If you want to make a loan try adding to other FT'er loans. Look for "Raising Funds"
Could FT fully fund 1 loan ?

Statistic Name FlyerTalkers
Number of Team Members 123
Number of Loans 931
Number of Loans per Member 7.6
Total Amount Loaned $28,550

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Old Apr 15, 2010, 7:19 pm
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after a recent visit to Ukraine I was really impressed with the way some of the people I've met are "surviving" in an area with no jobs and little enterprise happening thanks to ineffective government.

however quite a few mentioned that its very difficult to secure reliable loans... banks charge outrageous fees + interest rates are 20%+ from what I understand


should sign some of those people up on Kiva so they can get their business going... (personally would love to contribute but its a little difficult being unemployed)

--Russ
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 9:17 pm
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Originally Posted by TrueBlueFlyer
... (personally would love to contribute but its a little difficult being unemployed)
$25 is all you need to start. Thats only a few beers or coffees. @:-)
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 9:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi
$25 is all you need to start. Thats only a few beers or coffees. @:-)
all in due time

I already cut down on all unnecessary luxuries
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Old Apr 16, 2010, 1:43 am
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Originally Posted by TrueBlueFlyer
I already cut down on all unnecessary luxuries
Since when has beer been unnecessary luxury
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Old Apr 22, 2010, 3:42 pm
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OK, I'm in. Just made my first loan as a member of the Flyertalk team!
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Old Apr 22, 2010, 5:15 pm
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closing on 1000 target- need 37

People we are at 963 loans.... still need 37 to hit our target of 1000:-:
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Old Apr 22, 2010, 5:21 pm
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I have some very exciting news! Looks like FlyerTalk will have their very first Kiva Fellow.

I've been told that I will be (tentatively) placed in the East Asia & Pacific region for a minimum of 12 weeks, but don't have any more info than that yet. I can't tell you how excited (and nervous) I am!

p.s. We are at $29,400, almost to $30k!
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