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First, Happy Valentine’s! I know it is that day that some love, and some love to hate. I guess I’m somewhere in the middle. However, I’m always a fan of showing appreciation and paying love forward, so it seems to be an appropriate day to announce the three Kiva gift card winners. Additionally, my family decided to make another Kiva loan today to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I hope we can continue that tradition of paying good things forward on subsequent Valentine’s Days! For the record, I got flowers, too. 😉
If you remember from the contest post, one Kiva gift card is being donated by my family, one by Randy Peterson (founder of Milepoint and BoardingArea, among other things), and the third is being donated by the Frequent Flyer Collector. Thanks so much to Randy and Frequent Flyer Collector for helping spread the Kiva love. Here are the three Kiva gift card winners.
$25 Kiva gift card from Mommy Points:
#40 Sharon who said, “My daughter gave everyone on her Christmas gift list Kiva gift cards this year. I chose to lend my $50 to two women – one who wanted to purchase additional nets for her fishing business and one who wanted to invest in a larger mixer for her baked goods business. Keep in mind that if your money is paid back and you don’t select new loans, Kiva accepts the money as a donation to support their business.”
$25 Kiva gift card from Randy Peterson:
#62 Sue who said, “I’ve donated before to microfinance organizations but Kiva seems to do an ideal job of getting loans to lenders. Thanks for the post!”
$25 Kiva gift card from Frequent Flyer Collector:
#67 Vivek who said, “I love micro financing and thus Kiva. I am from India and have seen and heard many great stories of how people are able to make a living and help themselves because of such loans.”
Thanks again to all who participated in that post. It was so great reading all the comments about people who are interested in paying it forward. In fact, the Milepoint Kiva Lending Team jumped up on the board for one of the fastest growing teams in February! I by no means think that the post here caused that, but I like to think that Mommy Points readers were a part of what made that possible. Good job to everyone who joined Kiva (and to anyone who is still considering it)!
For those who won…. Sharon, I will email you shortly with your gift card. Sue and Vivek, I will get your info to Randy and Frequent Flyer Collector later today so they can do the same. Thanks again.