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'[OT] Micro loans'
2007\10\28@232122 by Vitaliy

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I watched a program a while back, I think on PBS, where they were talking
about people in First World countries providing small loans (on the order of
$25-$500) to poor people in Africa, Latin America, and other places to help
them start their own business.

I've searched for "micro loans" and "micro credit", but I'm coming up with
results that are not exactly what I'm looking for. The key difference is,
it's not like a donation that is made to an organization (like Opportunity
International) which then disburses the money to whomever it chooses, but
rather it's very personal -- a person in the US can browse a list of
business proposals, and make a loan directly to the enterpreneur of his/her
choosing. When the loan is repaid, the money can be loaned again.

Thanks for your help,

Vitaliy

2007\10\28@234603 by Harold Hallikainen

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How about this?
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/09/30/MN7QRSUKA.DTL&hw=microloan&sn=001&sc=1000
I read it about a month ago in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Harold


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2007\10\29@090844 by Mike Hord

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On 10/28/07, Vitaliy <spam_OUTspamTakeThisOuTspammaksimov.org> wrote:
> I watched a program a while back, I think on PBS, where they were talking
> about people in First World countries providing small loans (on the order of
> $25-$500) to poor people in Africa, Latin America, and other places to help
> them start their own business.

For Christmas last year everyone on my gifts list got a Kiva.org certificate
for $25.  You can then turn around and "interview" people seeking micro
loans via blog entries on the Kiva.org homepage.

FWIW, last year's Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to a gentleman who has
made his life's work the establishment of such microcredit institutions.
They aren't a bad investment, either, because they repayment rate is
something like 98%.

Mike H.

2007\10\29@101127 by M. Adam Davis

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Kiva, Grameen and Prosper are the three I know about.  Prosper is
aimed at US loans, while the prior two appear to be aimed at
developing nations.

Overview of Prosper, compared a little to Kiva and Grameen:
http://www.wired.com/techbiz/startups/news/2007/05/microlenders

Same question you asked at LinkedIn:
http://www.linkedin.com/answers/personal-finance/personal-investing/PFI_PIN/114875-16993640?browseCategory=PFI_PIN

Decent overview with several organizations, not all of which have a
good online interface:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microcredit

Creator of Grameen won 2006 Nobel Peace Prize:
http://www.grameen-info.org/

http://www.kiva.org/

US based loans - auction system (cool idea):
http://www.prosper.com/

-Adam

On 10/28/07, Vitaliy <.....spamKILLspamspam@spam@maksimov.org> wrote:
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2007\10\29@193556 by Gerhard Fiedler

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Vitaliy wrote:

> I watched a program a while back, I think on PBS, where they were talking
> about people in First World countries providing small loans (on the
> order of $25-$500) to poor people in Africa, Latin America, and other
> places to help them start their own business.
>
> I've searched for "micro loans" and "micro credit", but I'm coming up
> with results that are not exactly what I'm looking for. The key
> difference is, it's not like a donation that is made to an organization
> (like Opportunity International) which then disburses the money to
> whomever it chooses, but rather it's very personal -- a person in the US
> can browse a list of business proposals, and make a loan directly to the
> enterpreneur of his/her choosing. When the loan is repaid, the money can
> be loaned again.

IIRC, James has posted a link to such an organization here before. I can't
remember the name, but maybe that helps you find it.

Gerhard

2007\10\29@222150 by Jim Korman

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Vitaliy wrote:
> I watched a program a while back, I think on PBS, where they were talking
> about people in First World countries providing small loans (on the order of
> $25-$500) to poor people in Africa, Latin America, and other places to help
> them start their own business.
>
> I've searched for "micro loans" and "micro credit", but I'm coming up with
> results that are not exactly what I'm looking for. The key difference is,
> it's not like a donation that is made to an organization (like Opportunity
> International) which then disburses the money to whomever it chooses, but
> rather it's very personal -- a person in the US can browse a list of
> business proposals, and make a loan directly to the enterpreneur of his/her
> choosing. When the loan is repaid, the money can be loaned again.
>
> Thanks for your help,
>
> Vitaliy
>
>  
Here's one that I came into contact with
this summer.

http://www.oikocredit.org/site/en/

Jim

2007\10\30@043111 by Vitaliy

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Harold Hallikainen wrote:
> How about this?
> www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/09/30/MN7QRSUKA.DTL&hw=microloan&sn=001&sc=1000
> I read it about a month ago in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Thanks guys.


'[OT] Micro loans'
2007\11\11@193521 by William \Chops\ Westfield
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On Oct 28, 2007, at 8:20 PM, Vitaliy wrote:

> I've searched for "micro loans"

I just got an email about http://www.microplace.com (an eBay company!)
It seems to have the "investment" aspect, but not the "individual choice
of loan recipient" aspect, as far as I can tell from a quick look.

BillW

2007\11\12@215114 by Vitaliy

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William "Chops" Westfield" wrote:
> I just got an email about http://www.microplace.com (an eBay company!)
> It seems to have the "investment" aspect, but not the "individual choice
> of loan recipient" aspect, as far as I can tell from a quick look.

I really like the personal aspect of Kiva.org. :) I spent an hour or so last
time, just browsing through the applications.

It is interesting that often loan requests made by women feature a photo of
their husband, son, or brother. :)

I was surprised to find that many of the applicants are from Tajikistan -- a
place in the middle of nowhere (bordering Afghanistan in the south). My wife
fled the country with her family in the early 90's (evangelical
Christians/ethnic minority in a predominantly Muslim country in the midst of
civil war).

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