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Loan-A-Thon Dates:
January 1+2 (New Years)
April 1+2 (April Fools)
July 1+2 (near Muhammad Yunus' birthday and many national sovereignty celebrations)
October 31+November 1 (Halloween)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

April 1 2009 - Loan-A-Thon Results

Good work everyone, we made 313 loans amounting to $8,700 in loans. Probably more if you consider all the people who made loans before and after the 24 hour pacific time period!

Thanks to Jonathon we have a couple of screen shots to mark the occasion:
Before A

Before B

After A

After B

For those looking forward to the next Loan-A-Thon it's July 1st!

I think Joe explained our Loan-A-Thon schedule best when he said:
January 1st - Make your Happy New Year by loaning capital to your fellow Humans who need it so that they can have their own Happy New Year!

April 1st - We're no April Fools! We will not waste our money tithing to a religious organization when we can do some actual good by lending capital directly to our fellow Humans who need it!

July 1st - In honor of those throughout history who have thrown off the yoke of oppressive governments in July, we will lend capital to our fellow Humans who need it so that they can throw off the oppressive yoke of poverty!

November 1st - The day after celebrating Halloween do something else to scare religious organizations! Lend capital to our fellow Humans who need it so that they can materially improve their lives and no longer need the false comfort provided by an irrational belief system!

By Peter


Jonathan said...

Great job team! Let's do even better next time!

Leland said...

Hello, Paganos!

I saw your link on the KIVA site and wonder if you'll help a newb?

I love the idea of helping KIVA's mission but find choosing recipients a daunting task. Not that I'm concerned about losing my miniscule monetary contribution, but...where do I send that money to do the most good???

As a businessman, I deal with ROI, risk, business planning, etc., etc., but I'm not sure I want to lend only to those with the best prospects of success -- as lending to less qualified individuals may mean they get to eat, even if their struggling enterprise should fail.

Do you use a metric, a grid of some kind, in deciding where to lend? I'm not sure which starfish to pick up off the beach and toss back into the sea -- your thoughts are welcome, thanks!