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January 1+2 (New Years)
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July 1+2 (near Muhammad Yunus' birthday and many national sovereignty celebrations)
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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Congratulations we broke our year-end goal... again!!

Back in September I set a goal of $50,000 in loans by the end of the year. We broke that goal by October 8th. So we adjusted the goal to $150,000. We have now broke that goal!!

Way to go everyone. We are the number 1 team on Kiva in terms of amount loaned. I never doubted for a minute that we could reach our goal and also be the number 1 team in terms of loans (and coolness). It's difficult to describe how much fun and fulfillment I get from being a team member with all of you. I read all the board messages that flood my inbox ;)

Take a minute, on Festivus :), and reflect on the positive impact our team has had on the world in the last 4 months. I've personally witnessed the fact that lending as a team encourages many of us to lend more. Based on the pledges of others I've been encouraged to take a little more from the beer money (or entertainment) pile and put it towards the Kiva loans pile, which is superb!

What's next? The Kiva Obama Team has bought into our idea of Loan-A-Thons and challenged us to a "Loan-Off". Our Loan-A-Thon will be Dec 31 (New Year's Eve) and Jan 1 (New Year's Day)the 48 hour period from noon on Dec 31st until noon on Jan 02, Pacific time (Kiva time :) which would be 3:00 PM Dec 31th until 3:00 pm on Jan 02 EST). I vote for tracking based on Eastern Time Zone (I guess I'm biased) but using that timezone will probably accommodate the Obama team since Washington DC is in that time zone (I'm pretty sure) I agree with Jennifer from our team, let's to Pacific Time since that is the timezone Kiva uses. The Obama Loan-A-Thon is on January 20, inauguration day. And probably the day before or after (maybe someone from team Obama could put a comment on this blog to let us know).

What's after New Years? We set a really large goal for 2009 and try and collectively tap into the other atheist communities and get them to join our cause. I'm still trying to get PZ Myers from the Pharyngula blog to accept my gift certificate. Any help in bringing it to his attention would be greatly appreciate ;)

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Edgar Brown said...


Although I would be more agreeable to a GMT (Zulu) time standard (at least it is international and not U.S.-centric). Kiva's timezone (U.S., Pacific) might be a better bet, as all times in the Kiva site are kept in that time zone.

Devin said...

Right now there are no loans to fund on Kiva. I just put some money in my account so hopefully there will be loans I can fund later today.

Sparrowhawk said...

I'm a little late on this, but I just posted about this on my blog since it is somewhat of an "atheist" blog. I only just today discovered the whole "team" thing on Kiva. I'll try to build some interest amongst people I know.

Money Maniac said...

Hi! I am Shubham Kukrety. I want some loan in my paypal account, About $150( I want to start a small buisness and would return it within few months. My email id is same as above. If you would be able to lend it to me in my paypal account, I would be very thankful to you. Thank you.