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Discussion in 'Zidisha | Fostering Peer2Peer Entrepreneurship' started by fcjapan, Apr 7, 2013.
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Any ideas for fun for Zidisha reaching the million dollar mark?
One loan at a time is still fun for me. Lacking the ability to do a charity car wash, I'm thinking we see about featuring some of our faves in the member newsletter on an occasional basis.
A ZidishaDO at some point!
Well the topless car wash idea featuring a sudsy and sexy Randy is out!
ZidishaDo sounds fun but no time to arrange before 1 million.
Saw a message on the Zidisha forums from Gastao with an idea for photos of lenders with champagne.
I don't think the tip of the hat to Julia and Zidisha needs to be monetized in any way.
How about just MPZL photos of favorite drinks in celebration?
A virtual KANPAI
Less than 10K to go!
And ZIDISHA BREAKS THE ONE MILLION DOLLAR MARK!!!!
Loans Raised: USD 1,000,040
Businesses Financed: 2029
Members Worldwide: 4796
Dear Milepoint members,
I posted this at our website, and wanted to share it with you here as well, as you are a big part of the reason we reached this milestone.
The critics said it couldn't be done: That a person-to-person lending community built from goodwill and trust could never bridge the international wealth divide.
That people in the world's poorest countries would never repay loans without loan officers, collateral and other instruments of coercion.
That ordinary web users worldwide would never advance capital to strangers on the opposite end of the earth.
That geographic barriers are insurmountable: a responsible, highly motivated person who happens to be born in Kenya or Niger will never be connected to the same chances to invest in a better life as a person living in a wealthy country.
The critics said: That has always been the reality of our world, and always will be.
When Zidisha completed three years in operation with a repayment rate of 97%, thousands of loans raised and countless lives transformed, the critics said that our achievement is a fluke, an aberration. They said it couldn't be done at scale.
Today we overcame that barrier: Over one million dollars in loans raised.
This is your legacy now. You who have joined us as borrowers, lenders, volunteers and supporters not only lent your time, energy and resources to a noble cause. You made the leap of faith that made our impossible dream a reality, and the world will never be the same.
Irene Wairimu, a beauty salon owner in Kenya who is using her business earnings to put her three children through school, wrote:
"I don't know how to thank Zidisha because it has made many people's life to become better and also help disadvantaged families to provide for their family food to the table. Also Zidisha has done best job of getting people together like in one village in this world."
This is where we're going. We will have reached our destination when her vision becomes reality in marginalized communities worldwide, and geographic location no longer cuts people off from the chance to build better lives.
On behalf of each person whose possibilities have been transformed by your support, please accept our sincere expression of thanks.