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SquidKiva - A Kiva Community for Squidoo Lensmasters

Updated on August 21, 2013

SquidKiva - A Lending Team of Squidoo Lensmasters on

SquidKiva is a Kiva Community of members from the Squidoo community. Kiva facilitates micro-loans to individuals worldwide that would otherwise not be afforded the opportunity to open or expand their small business.

All squidoo lensmasters are welcome to join the group and collectively we can help others worldwide by making micro-loans to those who want a chance to better themselves. Together we can make a world of difference.

NOTE: Our lending team makes loans, not donations. When the borrower pays it back, you get it back - to keep or loan again. Kiva is a non-profit, though, with overhead so donations are also accepted. Donations are not included in our lending team totals, but feel free to give.

SquidKiva's 2013 Goals

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Our 2013 goals have been set!

Last year we hit (passed) our goal of $20,000 total lent to date, and this year we set our goal pretty high....$30,000!

That means we need to make nearly $10,000 in Kiva loans this year. It's a high bar, but I'm certain we can reach it (because You guys rock!).

We also want to reach a membership goal of having 120 members at the end of 2013. That's one new member every month, so be the one to invite a friend.

These fundraising thermometers show how close we are to our goal.

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What is Kiva?

Get Started With SquidKiva

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SquidKiva is a Lending Team at where Squidoo Lensmasters can collectively help many people worldwide by each contributing small amounts of money in the for of micro-loans.

SquidKiva is a collaborative effort open to all Squidoo Lensmasters. Joining our lending team is very simple, and in doing so we can communicate, collectively track our contributions, and better promote kiva and their cause.

Q. How do I join SquidKiva?

A. Visit our SquidKiva Lending Team page, and click on "Join Now" in the green box on the right. If you don't already have an account, you will need to open one (it's free).

Q. How do know which borrower to choose?

A. It is entirely your choice. Browse through the lists of borrowers currently in the fundraising stage. You can also browse the list of borrowers that other members of the SquidKiva Lending Team have recently loaned to.

Q. I found the borrower(s) that I would like to loan to. How do I assign my loan to the SquidKiva Lending Team?

A. On the borrower's page, click the "Make a Loan" button. You will be directed to your basket. On the right you will see a drop down menu under "Count Towards Team". Set this to SquidKiva, and then click either Continue, or Add More Loans.

SquidKiva Community

Check on how we are doing at the SquidKiva Lending Team Page

Did you know that you can put a link in your Kiva profile?

A link to your lensmaster page or lensography would help everyone learn more about you.

SquidKiva World Map of Loans Made - Microlending
SquidKiva World Map of Loans Made - Microlending

Where Have the Loans Gone?

Map of SquidKiva Loans

So far, SquidKiva loans have gone to people in Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East, and North America. This world map shows the countries of Kiva borrowers who have benefited from loans made by SquidKiva members.

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Benin, Bolivia, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Samoa, Senegal, Sierra Leonne, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam

Where will you send YOUR loan?

Map Updated: 1/12/2010

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Kiva Borrowers

Watch video clips of a few Kiva borrowers discussing their loans.

$1000 to Kiva !!!

On November 4, 2009, lensmaster ComfortDoc won Lens of the Day in the Thanksgiving Charity Cookoff '09. Because she was donating the proceeds of that lens to, the $1000 prize was donated to kiva. Great job, Kirsti. Thanks.

The History of SquidKiva

2009 - Thirty and Three Thousand

Squidoo began in December of 2008. At that time a vote was taken as to what our first goal would be - a New Years Resolution so to speak for upcoming the 2009 year. Our goal was high - "Fifty and Five Thousand" - meaning we hoped to have 50 members and $5000 lent in kiva loans by the end of 2009. Being such a new group, this was a very high goal. We ended the year with a total to be very proud of: "Thirty and Three Thousand". Our new little group of 30 members made $3000 in kiva loans!!! What a great job!

2010 - Sixty and Six Thousand

Our goal for 2010 was simply "Sixty and Six Thousand". We wanted to have 60 members by the end of 2010, and have our Kiva Team lending total reach $6000. We were successful! We ended 2010 with 67 members and a team lending total of $7050! A big thanks goes out to in part to Ener-G whose challenge propelled SquidKiva forward in both loans and members.

2011 - 11K in '11

For 2011, we worked toward a goal of raising our team lending total to $11,000!, which was nearly $4000 as a group over the year. On December 31, 2011, we had actually reached $11,975, surpassing our goal! We started 2011 with 67 members, and set a high goal of 100 members by the end of the year. We ended the year with 82 members, which I still think is pretty great.

2012 - We Hit $20K!

For 2011, we set our goal high, hoping to reach $18,000 total lent to date. We blew past it and ended the year at $20,125! We finished out the year as a group of 108 members!

2013 - We set our goal for $30K!!!! Go team!

SquidKiva Members

List of SquidKiva Members

List of SquidKiva Members on Twitter

Micro-Lending and Philanthropy Today - (a small part of your purchase through these links will be donated

2013 Goal Setting

For 2013, we will try to raise membership to 120. That's one new member each month.

Help us choose a lending goal for 2013.

Last year we set our goal at about $6000 lent that year, and we ended up lending about $8000. We have lent $20,125 since we started. (See our team goal history.)

What should we set our lending goal as for 2013?

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I voted for 30,000 as well. With the new payment today, I can lend again.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      If we reached $30,000 to date that would mean just under $1,000 per month for 2013. This is what I voted for...

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      blujeanmomma 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I voted a bit conservatively with $27,000 and would love to be proven wrong. So lets hit $30,000!!

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I'd like to aim for $30k, but I'd also like to see many more members too. How do we go about encouraging more people to join?

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      surfsusan 5 years ago

      I believe we can make it $30k this year too. :)

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      I say we go for $30k for 2013. We can do it!!

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Congrats on hitting the goal. Joining Squid kiva is on my things to do for the new year!

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      pkmcr 5 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Amazing achievement for 2012 and so proud of what has been achieved. I think the new year's goal should be stretching but achievable which is why I went for $30k

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Way to go! Squid Kiva team !

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      Lareene 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I give to Kiva through their site, I just found out today about SquidKiva I think I'll join!

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      Ahdilarum 5 years ago

      Congrats for achieving the target of 2012

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I just joined the SquidKiva Team. Looking forward to supporting the team and the loan recipients. Happy New Year all!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      Currently at $ 20,025 as of this a.m. when I checked.

      Congrats to all who have made loans. I counted up and I'd made 15 loans, all of which have been paid back.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Returned to give another blessing this year to this great lens and to congratulate all of the lensmasters who are part of SquidKiva!

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      nifwlseirff 5 years ago

      I've been on Kiva for a while, but never guessed there was a SquidKiva team - off to join now!

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      HJtheNightOwl 5 years ago

      Joined SquidKiva team today - # 101

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      Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks for introducing me to this wonderful organization! I just signed up and made my first loan :)

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      Cecil Kenmill 5 years ago from Osaka, Japan

      Great lens! I heard about Kiva and started telling my friends. They already knew and were involved.

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      LOL, I just found this lens by accident and looked up to find a commercial on TV for it. Never heard of it before this very minute.

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @KarenHC: Good to hear!

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      @kerbev: I think I figured it out now -- I was able to search SquidKiva and join that way, and I was able to change the team designation. At least I think it worked :-)

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @KarenHC: I don't see you on the team member list:

      Did you remember to join the team? here -

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      @kerbev: My name is Karen there :-)

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @anonymous: Yayyy!!!

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      Okay, I joined and made two $25 loans, but I forgot to look for the drop-down menu that says "Count toward team" to set to Squid Kiva. Is there a way for me to go back and add that? Otherwise I'll just wait until I make another loan :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just joined SquidKiva and made a loan to Rosa Amalia.

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @giacombs-ramirez: Yayyy!

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      gia combs-ramirez 5 years ago from Montana

      Just reloaned $150.00. Congrats to all of us on our $15,000 to date!

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      JCarruthers 5 years ago

      This is a great lens, and a great cause. On my lens I outline how small business owners can incorporate Kiva into their business and ultimately make them more profitable. Its such a valuable service that more and more people need to know about it and get involved.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Came back to google +1 this gem and add it to my updated Women's Day lens. Hope it helps! Sincerely, Rose

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      earthybirthymum 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I joined and made my first loan. Nice to be a part of such a giving group of squids!

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I joined about a year ago when I first heard about Kiva on Squid U. Such a wonderful program - so glad KAB started the Squidoo Team and happy to see the plug on Squidoo HQ to help our team grow!

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      PaulWinter 6 years ago

      I had never heard of Kiva before. This looks like a fantastic way to help poor people out of poverty. I have bookmarked this lens and will come back and read more later. I'm really interested in joinig from what I have read so far.

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      SteveKaye 6 years ago

      I just joined. I found it fascinating to read through the possibilities before making a loan. Thank you for creating this lens.

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      zeyty01 6 years ago

      This is a great lens for a great non-profit. I've been (and will be) a supporter of Kiva my whole life. Thanks for the informative and fun lens.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Ohh, I didn't even know about this until today (from HQ posts I am getting caught up on, finally). What a fabulous idea! Congrats on exceeding your 2011 goal and for well-deserved purple star and LotD accolades. Sure hope that this continues and that loans are, indeed, paid back. Wishing you continued success with this program.



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      bikerministry 6 years ago

      I have followed KIVA on my own for awhile. Joined SquidKiva after seeing the info on SquidU. Getting the emails, but not listed yet. Still deciding which business I wan to loan to. Great concept. Blessings.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I didn't realize the SquidKiva team existed until I read about it on Squidu. I've been donating the same $25 on Kiva since 2009, I just made my fifth donation and a lens about my Kiva Loans. I'll join the team :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great article.

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      Jethro 6 years ago from Philippines

      I will consider joining in this year because I like the idea of lending some money to those who want to improve their life. I like it! :)

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      TTabenske 6 years ago

      Great idea and great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is an outstanding idea and lens.

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      Leanne Chesser 6 years ago

      I joined the SquidKiva team and left a blessing for you as well :).

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      I've been donating part of my Squidoo earnings to Kiva for the past few months and have made over 80 loans in the past few years. I only just discovered this lens!

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      dwnovacek 6 years ago

      I'm in! What a wonderful effort. Blessed!

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      How BEAUTIFUL!! What a wonderful effort. Angel blessed, how could it not be? Love it!

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      Deborah Swain 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      fantastic lens! have just made my first kiva donation and joined the SquidKiva team!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I joined the Squidoo group and made a Kiva loan in their name. There was money lying idle in my Kiva account and now it has been put to good use. Thanks for the lens and the reminder!

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      kab 6 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @menskincaretips: I have asked about this in the past, and was told that since the money does not go through our hands (and is not listed on our 1099s) it is not something we can deduct on our taxes. Squidoo donates the money on our behalf, so since the donation does not come from us directly, we cannot deduct it on our taxes. You can take cash from squidoo and donate it on your own and deduct it if you wish. I hope that's what you were asking.

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      menskincaretips 6 years ago

      do the donations made from our lenses have any tax benefits for individuals?

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I just made my first loan of the year!

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      bechand 6 years ago

      Kiva does gift certificates too - great for gifts for teachers :O)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I know of several Squidoo members who have received loans from Kiva, and its wonderful that the organization is there and helping people get through some tough times.

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      RedMarketeer 6 years ago

      We need to step up our effort. This year will be the most 'weird' year we would ever had. So perhaps by giving more it could help all of us go through this uncertainty with little bit confidence that someone somewhere out there will be there for us when things don't go our away.

      So give first when we have some before the time comes when we could have nothing to give.

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      Ready for a new year, and this time we will meet both our goals (once they're stated :) If we only reached one of the goals last year, glad it was the lending one.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Going to their website right now to look into making a new loan!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just made a new loan, and re loaned from what I was paid back, so happy to see we at exceeding the goal for this year :)

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      pkmcr 6 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Delighted to read that the lending target for 2011 has already been exceeded - great cause and awesome group of individuals :-)

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      andreaberrios lm 6 years ago

      Great idea and cause!

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      kab 6 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @KimGiancaterino: You are indeed! (I've added you to our roster here and on twitter)

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      LisaDH 6 years ago

      Another payday, another donation. Only $600 to go and we'll meet our 2011 team goal. Woohoo!

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      Mermaiden 6 years ago

      What an amazingly great cause. Thanks for sharing this!

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I'm a SquidKiva member too.

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      congrats on 10g's!! :)

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Kab- I have followed your support for KIVA since I ave been on Squidoo and always made a mental note to return and "help" when I was at a stage I could! I am pleased to say that time is now!

      I ave also built a lens, about What I want for Christmas (A kind of alternative wishlist) and I have included a link to your page, and Quoted you - with link back to page and your lensmaster profile, I hope this is in accordance of how you would appreciate credit....if not I can change it. The page also donates 100% to KIVA

      thankyou for your tireless promotion of this cause, and just goes to show, you never know when someone will jump n board! - Blessed

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      Sara Duggan 6 years ago from California

      Just found this group - been donating to kiva via squidoo since the beginning of 2011 - not sure how I skipped you all - signed up and will be searching for a loan recipient soon.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Very interesting! What a great community, keep up your amazing work!

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      This is something you should be proud of indeed!

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      This is the first time I've heard of SquidKIva. What a great community.

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      I've recently set all my royalties to go straight to KIVA! Yay for KIVA! :-)

      With Love and Gratitude,


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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ~ Dropping by to leave my Angels April Fools' Day Quest Blessings ~

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      Othercatt 6 years ago

      I've been wanting to learn about Kiva for a long time, but was always too busy. Thanks to a FB post by SusannaDuffy, I came here and I'm so glad I did! I just joined the SquidKiva team and made my first loan to a woman in the Philippines. I think this years goal will easily be met!

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      Helene-Malmsio 7 years ago

      Contributing to help entrepreneurs in kiva is great opportunity. Big Thumbs up and Like from me!

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      Jack 7 years ago

      Blessed by the Charities Angel.

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      Do-It-Yourselfer 7 years ago

      What a GREAT site kiva is an awesome idea. It feels good to help. I only have 1 loan out right now but I will try to add some more as I make more on squidoo. I am also very proud to be part of the squidKiva team.

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      Titia Geertman 7 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      This is a great way to help people set up their small business. I'm not making any money yet on my lenses, but as soon as I do, I will join you.

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      C A Chancellor 7 years ago from US/TN

      A Christmas blessing from a SquidAngel!

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      Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like this concept of helping out people in need and will look at joining your SquidKiva team in 2011. Thanks for sharing this and creating this community. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year! **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks EnerG for the challenge, you have another new member , I am so glad I could help. My current lenses donate to another Charity but am going to make some for Kiva now too.

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      gia combs-ramirez 7 years ago from Montana

      12 new members! wahoo...what an amazing community.

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Thank you for posting the thread on SquidU about this following the recent bumper payday for many - joining is something I meant to do ages ago and have just done :-)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      I just joined after finding the challenge on SquidU! Yes, my payday was great so I was in the mood to pay it forward.

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      gia combs-ramirez 7 years ago from Montana

      I swear I left a comment on here...wonder where it went!? Anyway, I started a challenge in SquidU forum to get some new members. I'll add $25 to any loan a new member makes...up to 10 loans! When I started the challenge we were at 51 members. We're now at 57...just 3 to go to make the 2010 goal. And total loans have reached $6400.

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      What a great idea. Just joined the team and made a loan which will help put it one closer to making the goal of 60 team members in 2010. Since I happen to have a little stardust in my pocket this month, am giving this lens a blessing and will be featured on my angel lens.

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      ICanCook 7 years ago

      I'm glad I saw this in Squidu. I am happy to be involved. I thank God for my many blessings everyday and it would be wonderful opportunity for me to give back.

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      I'm interested in participating in such an organization. This makes me happy to share something with others.

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      indigomoth 7 years ago from New Zealand

      You guys rock! If I didn't already belong to two kiva groups i'd join ya'll... maybe when I've got some more income coming in.

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      javr 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      We reached the goal. Good for us. Bless us. I just did!

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      LisaDH 7 years ago

      I've always liked Kiva, but this group really encourages and reminds me to lend. It's more fun to do it with a group. Thanks, kab, for coming up with a great idea!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      Kudos to you on a great job! The world is certainly a better place for your efforts

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I'd wondered about doing this, but working with a group like this seems a good way to get started. I'll ponder it a little more.

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      DesignedbyLisa LM 7 years ago

      Thanks so much for putting together this lens. I have heard about kiva, but was too nervous to jump in and try it. This explanation calmed my fears and let me make my first loan! I also joined squidkiva. Thanks!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      I have featured this lens on Buy American I hope you will stop buy and check it out! There is a tie in with this lens! Thanks for the contribution!

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      James Jordan 7 years ago from Burbank, CA

      this is great. I'm going to keep watching.

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      kab 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Thanks, Margo, Heiffer International is a great organization. Kiva is a little different in that the money you put up is loaned, not given - you actually get it back after the loan is paid back. It is "sustainable giving".

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      I love this. I have lensrolled it to my lens of Heiffer international which is another charity where you can give to poor people to make businesses only there it is animals

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 7 years ago from Northern California

      Kiva make Oprah's list of favorite things for 2010.

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      This is amazing! I am definitely coming back to learn more.

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      gia combs-ramirez 7 years ago from Montana

      Whoo hoo! Just made 2 more loans. How fun was that!? Blessed by an angel...