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Kiva Loans

Gosh has it been that long since I last posted?

Anyway, to celebrate a nice little milestone at work, on my payday I decide to make a “specialty food” donation to Kiva.

First loan is to a cheese maker in Georgia. Georgia as in the European country, not a southern U.S. state.
This family has one dairy cow from which they make cheese and yogurt to sell, and they are hoping to buy another cow.

Next is wine. There is no winemaker at this moment, but find this 60-year-old lady making vodka. “Zoya is from the village of Akhasheni, Gurjaani District. This district is well-known throughout the country for wine-making.” Bet the wine specialists won’t know about that!! Or hmmm… did I finance a grandma’s moonshine operation? LOL

Next is for a coffee seller in Peru. This guy is not exactly a grower, but his machine is just look too curious to me, I can’t help picking him among other coffee growers. I wonder what it is for?

And last but not least, some chocolate from Ecuador! A loan to a cocoa bean farmer. Glad to be able to get a new country for my portfolio.

It’s definitely a splurge for me, but hey it’s in good cause!! And never has donation/lending been so much fun and give me such a high. I thought of trimming out one, but when I look at the pictures I just can’t. Moreover, reading about these borrowers really make me realize how much I have, or how different our living standards are. A family with one dairy cow borrowing to buy one more. An old lady making vodka at her house. It’s so different from what we are used to, huge industrial operations. It feels good to go back to the root, to see that human connection.

If you are curious, please check out Kiva!

 
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