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In case you missed it, KivaDo 2 is happening in San Francisco in just a couple of weeks. Before I get into the details of that event, here are a few details about Kiva…Kiva is a micro-lending organization that connects folks around the world that need a loan for their business expansion, education, etc. with people who are willing to make those loan, often at $25 increments. That is a very simplified explanation, but essentially the overall goal of Kiva is to help alleviate poverty via lending one small loan at a time. Milepoint has been very active with supporting Kiva, and there is a Milepoint Kiva Lending Team that has loaned $6,000,000 and has close to 2,000 members. Kiva has a 98.96% repayment rate, and you can make your loans via a credit card (more loans, more miles!). Some cards, like the US Bank FlexPerks card, even earn bonus miles for the loans since Kiva comes up as a “charity”.
KivaDo2 will be held October 25 – 27, 2013 in San Francisco (not coincidentally right after Star MegaDo5 that ends in the same city). The registration is open through October 6th and the cost is $99. That cost covers three days of events with the front line leaders of Kiva, from Matt who founded Kiva, to Premal, the President, to getting to hang out with other awesome members of the Milepoint Kiva Lending Team. As an added bonus, the conference room will look out onto SFO runways 28R and 28L!
You can look at the full schedule here and register here. There is a $139/night rate available at the Marriott Waterfront SFO Airport Hotel for attendees. Sadly, I’m not going to be able to make the event this time, but this site is a sponsor of KivaDo, and I hope some of you are able to attend!