I’ve now made over 30 loans. As soon as I have $25 in repaid assets in my Kiva account, I just turn around and reinvest it.
I’ve given Kiva loan gift certificates as Christmas presents and as a prize in a drawing at a yard sale I held. My hope is always that the person who makes his first loan will fall in love with the process and just keep it going.
We’ve had that lasagna garden going all this time and it’s been a great success. We even expanded it so we could put in more veggies. Every October or November, I’m out nabbing bags of leaves from the curbs nearby. We’ve moved on to using alpaca poo instead of rabbit droppings because we can get buckets full on one trip to a ranch whereas when I would get rabbit manure, it was sometimes less than one little bag. I wish everyone would take up this form of gardening. It makes my heart hurt to think of all the leaves that are being dumped in the landfills.
I’m so glad I did my microlending through Kiva. Because I could reinvest my loan money, once it’s been repaid, I’ve now been able to make twelve loans! Eight have been repaid, and turned into loans for four more people. I plan on reinvesting as long as there’s Kiva!
The picture is Tres Estrellas, a group of women in Bolivia which needed a group loan. Some of their family members are also pictured