Starting a Kiva team - some questions

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  1. MissBurrill
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    I'm returning to teaching as a relief teacher (substitute) after a five year break. I was thinking of starting a team on Kiva for my teaching. I'm Primary trained which is 5 - 12 year olds. I know I won't be able to do a loan with every class. It would make for interesting discussion the choosing of loans.

    I need a name for my team. I thought about using my name in the name but when I get married my name will change. I had a look at the Kiva website but couldn't see if a team name could be changed.

    I could open a second Kiva account but I'm thinking it's easiest to keep my credit in the one place.

    I would appreciate suggestions on how I can make this idea work. Ideas for team names are welcome!
     
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    Mini-milepointers
     
  3. MissBurrill
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    I like that one but then I'd have to explain MP to them.
     
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    kids aid
     
  5. milchap
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    Excellent initiative.
    Good luck.
     
  6. milchap
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    I like this one.....
    May I add to this excellent suggestion :cool:
    Kool Kiva Kids.
     
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    A slight tweak: Kool Kids for Kiva!
     
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    ....even bettter !
     
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    It is possible to change a team name, but you will always be Miss Burrill to me. ;)

    How about Miss Burrill's Magnificent Mob of Micro Venture Capitalists?
     
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    Kiva Kids: the Next Generation!
     
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    I recommend a separate account. What if kids start bringing in change or something for the account? You don’t want it get co-mingled with your personal account.
     
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    I agree with this, and then the kids can see exactly which loans are 'theirs'!
     
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    My Kiva account is linked to my fb account so another reason to have a separate account. Plus I'm trying to maintain a 50/50 ratio of males and females.

    Ok class, you can choose any loan you want but today it must be to a man in a country I haven't loaned to who is posing with a goat.......
     
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    LOL!
     
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    I think the lessons from Kiva are enormous and have certainly made my nieces more aware.

    We have geography, math, discussions of basic necessities and how people ear money, as well as understanding how fortunate our lives can be!

    I think maintaining your account would be fine, though perhaps having one for your professional part would be good. Perhaps the kids could have their own accounts (as long as parents consent) that they can maintain, or if you group fundraise, set up a team perpetual account.
     
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    Hi Ms. Burill,

    My name is Jessica and I am developing a program at Kiva to support K-12 educators as well as high school and college students. We have and are developing some great resources, and are also gathering input on what information or resources we could provide that would be most useful to teachers and students. I would love to help you in any way I can.

    In regard to your question about team names and Kiva accounts: Yes, you can change the team name (the team captain has this editing authority), and as for the accounts, in my opinion it depends on whether the students are fundraising the $ or if you are using your own funds to allow them the experience of loaning. If they are fundraising, you may want to keep the accounts separate to allow them to decide what to do with the $ when it is repaid (loan again, donate to Kiva or another org, throw a pizza party, etc.). If it's your own $, I think it's fine to keep it in the same account or have a second one. Totally up to you.

    I hope that helps. Please contact us if you have any questions! Best,
    Jessica

     
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    I was initially thinking of my own money. As a relief teacher I will initially work with a mixture of schools and classes. As I get known I will become a regular at a few schools with the same classes. This means that fundraising won't be on my radar. I will be paid well enough that I can afford to fund a loan each time I teach a class about Kiva. Assuming the students don't always choose the extra-long repayment terms I should soon have a reasonable amount of money in the account so it will be somewhat self funding.
     
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    I have a plan forming. If I invite a friend to Kiva we each get a free loan. I could invite myself using one of my other email accounts (or create one in the name of Mrs Burrill). Create my team then put both loans towards my new team.

    Jess confirmed I can change the team name so I don't need to find the perfect name straight away.
     
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    I created an email account for MrsBurrill and invited her to Kiva. She accepted and made a loan but it didn't allow for it to be allocated to a team. I will email Kiva and ask them to credit it to my new team.

    Would the school category be the best one for my team?
     
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    Cunning plan! :cool:
     
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    I taught the third grade for half a day today. I thought about ditching the plan the teacher had left and teaching Kiva but I need to set up my team.

    The class were a little noisy but genuinely nice students. The room was very modern and large. It even has a fridge and a sink.
     
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    I've created my new team. The first loan to the team is to a teacher to buy land to supplement his income. It's a 39 month loan but I thought a teacher was an appropriate first loan for the team.

    I made the loan from funds in my regular account and it was my 100th loan. My stats are 52% female and 48% male. I'll soon have it back to 50/50.
     
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    Congratulations on number 100!
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Could you let me know the team name and the loan? I would like to support your new team.
     
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