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One of my favorite blogs is the one called Hello Kitty Hell. Well did you know that he also has another blog? it’s called Free Microloan. One of his charitable endevors happens to be Kiva! I had blogged about Kiva before - see this link here.

For every comment left on his blog, $0.10 will be contributed towards a loan. If you subscribe to his RSS feed, $0.25 will be contributed. To date he has funded a total of 3 loans :) Please subscribe to his RSS feed and/or leave a comment, every little bit helps.


I can’t wait till HKO is open, not just for open beta. I want full commercial release with a fully stocked item mall ;x

To soothe my HKO anxiety, I’ve been playing a combination of games. My current mmorpg is Rose Online. I’ve been playing it since 2005. Yikes! That’s a long time. I am also playing Tinker Belle and Animal Crossing: Wild World on my DS.

Sometimes I play Pet Society on Facebook.  Feel free to Facebook me if you want - just remember to include your HKO name so I know who you are.

I made another micro loan via Kiva and set up a team. So far, it seems that I’m the only one that likes Sanrio on there :(

My cameras have finally arrived. x_x It seems that the UPS driver got lost and I had to wait through a total of three rescheduled delivery attempts before I got my hands on them. Now I need to find victims err potential subjects.


 

What is Kiva? What is micro-lending? All very good questions.

Kiva is a website that lets you directly lend money to entrepreneurs in the developing world. The key thing is that because the money is lent by “you”, these entrepreneurs would receive a loan with a lower interest rate than from what a commercial bank would charge. They then repay the loan over a period of time. This helps to give them a chance to move away from poverty. You are then able to re-loan the money to a new entrepreneur.

Kiva partners up with lending institutions in certain countries. The criteria for entrepreneurs is very strict. The lending institutions have also been screened by Kiva. You can view statistics and history of each lending institution.

I’ve been a member of Kiva since January 20th, 2008. How it works is very simple. You can loan as little as $25 to an entrepreneur of your choice. At this very moment, there is approximately 400 entrepreneurs. Over $684,650.00 has been lent for this week. If you don’t see any that you like, you are always free to check back another time. There are always new opportunities.

For more information, visit the Kiva website. The link on the right will take you to my personal lender page.

Kiva has also started up a new initiative called “teams”. I’m not currently in a team yet but if there are any that would be interested, we could start one up with a Hello Kitty/Sanrio theme to it perhaps?

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