One of the fun things about Kiva is that nice little surprise of, “Your loan has been repaid!” My last loan was made to a lady in Senegal who, instead of repaying in increments, repaid in one lump sum at the end of the lending period.
So I went back online to find a new borrower. And there are plenty.
I started simply reviewing the list as Kiva has it sorted. Then I sorted for women. You might find it unreasonable that I am only want to lend to women, but empowering women is a big part of the reason that I participate and if you don’t like it then you can go online and lend some money to a man.
(Incidentally, my other outstanding Kiva loan is to a man. I wanted to jump in when Kiva started lending in the U.S. and the women in the program were already fully funded.)
Then I looked at different parts of the world. My first loan was to a lady in Paraguay and the second was a lady in Samoa. I found several that appeal to me in Cambodia and settled on a lady named Sophat. Her husband is a teacher and she tends to their farm, planting vegetables to sell for a profit. Her loan is for the purpose of purchasing a hand tractor to plow the land.
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P.S. In the time it took me to write this blog, Sophat was fully funded!