For those of you who missed the original post a couple weeks back, I've set 101 Cookbooks up as a Kiva Lending Team. As I write this post, our group has 431 members and we've made 257 micro-loans to entrepreneurs in Peru, Cambodia, Togo, Tanzania, Lebanon, Bolivia, Azerbaijan, Ghana, and more. As a group we've loaned $8,425 and there are only a handful of other groups who have loaned more than we have - for example: Team Europe ($11,300), Team India ($10,250), and Kiva Friends with an impressive ($51,600). Nick from Kiva wrote a nice post on the Kiva blog about our group saying,
"On September 3rd, one particular blog post led to one of the largest lending teams on Kiva...The success of the 101 Cookbooks lending team demonstrates the potential impact online communities can have on social issues. A virtual cooking blog to a virtual community has led to over $7,500 in loans to real entrepreneurs in the developing world. Just as Kiva leverages technology to connect willing lenders to qualified entrepreneurs, Kiva users can leverage technology to further Kiva's mission. We believe the same model can be replicated by other blogs and online communities. Thank you, 101 Cookbooks, for using your voice to effect change..." (read the full Kiva blog post here)
It's really exciting. Check this out- from students, submarine drivers, and nurses to writers, truck drivers, realtors, and other bloggers, you can see a list of all the 101 Cookbooks/Kiva members here. I've been enjoyed reading your profiles immensely, in part because 101 Cookbooks doesn't have registration/profiles (yet!) - it has been a great way for me to get a more in-depth sense of who you are. If you haven't already, be sure to upload a photo and tell everyone a little bit about yourself in your profile (or link to your site or blog if you have one).
We are right on the cusp of the $10,000 mark, and I suspect it won't be long before we are well on our way to $20,000. In short, if you have $25 dollar to lend you can participate and there are new loans featured every day.Your generosity and enthusiasm is infectious, and I'm proud to have you all in my group :) -h