Happy $500 lent out via Kiva to me!

“Kiva’s mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty.”

Today I’d like to congratulate myself for reaching 500 bucks lent out via Kiva! I reached it today when I lent the modest sum of $25 to Zikusooka Women’s Group-lugazi in Uganda. I think Kiva is fantastic and it’s really one of those places online were I can sit around browsing for a good hour or so, reading all of the amazing stories told by not-so-lucky entrepreneurs. Most of whom are driven, passionate, and possess all other possible traits that might be wanted in an entrepreneur in the “western world”.

The facts and history of Kiva is really something. In total, good people have contributed with over $155,400,000 to support other human beings around the globe that really just need a break to get themselves going.

Even though I thought that I’ve tried to keep my portfolio diversified as best as I could, meaning that I thought I hadn’t favourized any particular sector or country – it seems I was mistaken. This image shows a snapshot of my present and past loans:

Oscar Karlsten's Kiva portfolio distribution

As you can see, my favorite entrepreneurial country to lend to has been Peru, and it seems I’ve had a bit of a crush for the retail-sector when it comes to my “investments”. Luckily I browsed to the Kiva App Gallery by mistake today and found the KivaFolio-app. KivaFolio is an app that helps analyze your Kiva portfolio’s diversity across different sectors and countries, and recommends fundraising loans that would help to balance the portfolio. Great!

After taking the app for a test run it seems I should be lending more money to agriculture in Ecuador, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, and Tajikistan. Maybe you should too?

  • Alex

    Good job!

  • Hello Oscar — congrats on your 500th dollar lent and greetings from Tajikistan!

    Your blog came up on a newsfeed and I just had a read. I’m a Kiva Fellow working in Dushanbe at Kiva’s Field Partner Humo: http://www.kiva.org/partners/63. Perhaps your app will suggest your next loan to be for someone in Tajikistan.

    Thanks very much for your support and dedication to Kiva!

  • Thanks Donald!

  • Joakim Nilsson

    Im gonna go kiva today!

  • I’m so doing this today.

  • Congratulations for reaching that sum! Thumbs up, hope you continue doing great work in the future.