The MP Kiva DO

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  1. nime01
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    Due to the efforts of our magnificent team and the exceptional growth we're experiencing, I've suggested to jbcarioca that we should think about arranging a KivaMillionDO (or something similar). The idea of a DO seems to be interesting to many of our team members, so please post all your ideas and suggestions for the MP Kiva DO here.

    Some of the things we need to think about are:
    • Where
    • When
    • What
    • How
    • Who
    • ....
    • ....

    Let's start planning!
     
  2. jbcarioca
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    I agree. While I still think SFO would be the best spot for Kiva specifically, I know that may not work for our team. Logistically most places would be easier for me, but I will accept anywhere!

    We should, I hope, get Kiva staff to brief us on the progress of Kiva and discuss with us more about how we can do our jobs better also, beyond just lending our money and making contributions.

    Maybe we ought to move the DO related posts from other threads here so we can also build on what we've already said.
     
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    I love the idea of a Kiva Do.

    I do think at some point a decision should be made on location with the understanding you can not make everyone happy. I think the location best for Kiva would be best. I of course would prefer NYC as suggested, but if it is SFO, I will do my best to attend. Europe in May for me will likely be a no go.
     
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    I also like the idea of a Kiva do, and SFO does seem like a logical spot to do it.
     
  5. miles and smiles
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    One question that comes up for me is what do we want to do and see when we get together. Meeting with Kiva staff is one possibility that has been mentioned. What about meeting Kiva lenders? Most places around the world that will be extremely difficult, but Kiva is starting to have loans, for example, in U.S. cities like Detroit, New Orleans (launched today) and others.
    So, it seems to me we should also discuss what is important to us all about getting together.
     
  6. canucklehead
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    SF would be ideal for me as I would be able to visit my brother, SIL and new baby nephew if we are looking at spring/summer next year.
     
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    One thing to think about is where the partner organizations are hq at. Kiva is really an aggregator for other other groups so it would make sense to see one or two of those groups.
     
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    More ideas?
     
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    Effectively all of them are in the places where the loans are made. That makes it almost impossible to link meeting Kiva with meeting Field Organizations unless somebody from the FO happens to be with Kiva when we are there.
     
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    We could meet at one the Kiva cities like Detroit or New Orleans. I believe that future Kiva cities in the U.S. include Cleveland and Columbus, OH and Miami. In these places there are/will be lendees and Kiva partners.
     
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    Cleveland, Columbus, and even Miami are strange choices in that there are areas of the USA in far worse shape that in these places. Detroit and New Orleans are much more natural cities on which to focus effort. Do they make loans in Oakland?
     
  12. miles and smiles
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    My understanding is that Kiva chose cities which had had the greatest increase in unemployment in a certain period. The articles I read said that Cleveland, Columbus and Miami would be future Kiva cities. I am sure that Kiva has loans in many other U.S. cities, but in smaller quantities.
    Does anyone here know anyone at Kiva? Seems that we need a contact.
     
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    I thought I saw a few Kiva entrepreneurs in Texas and New Orleans that went through Accion Texas-Louisiana (based in San Antonio, with a field office in Baton Rouge). If we want to go to a city which is beneficially impacted through Kiva, New Orleans would be a good option.

    As for field partners, I noticed that there are two USA loans available through Accion USA which is based in NYC.

    Kiva has 4 other field partners in the USA listed here (look under North America).
     
  14. iolaire
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    Yes - It’s my belief (which could be wrong) is there has to be large multinational organizations with HQ's in the developed world who run programs benefiting from Kiva in other parts of the world.

    One example: Vision Finance Company s.a. (VFC), a partner of World Vision International at http://www.kiva.org/partners/117, where World Vision International has an office in LA - http://www.wvi.org/wvi/wviweb.nsf/maindocs/E87F3116D624B1018825737500756070?opendocument

    Or HOPE Ukraine/Nadiya, a partner of HOPE International at http://www.kiva.org/partners/26 , where Hope International is HQ in Lancaster PA - http://www.hopeinternational.org/site/PageServer?pagename=contactus (HOPE International is a network of microfinance institutions operating in 15 countries around the world. )

    My guess is that someone at World Vision International/HOPE International is involved with the Kiva loans and would have stories to tell etc..
     
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    One of the partners in this list is in the SF Bay area, which would be good if we have a SF Do.
     
  16. miles and smiles
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    I just did a quick review of Kiva's U.S. loans, and there have been loans to many places in TX, also. Almost 400 U.S. loans, so far, and more coming all the time.
    So, it really is a matter of where we most want to gather. We have lots of choices in the U.S., probably. Nime01, you'll have to see if there are any Kiva connections in Europe.
     
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    Brisbane? :)

    If I could swing a trip to the USA I vote San Francisco as it's a city I want to visit. Although Qantas now fly to Dallas. I've been to NYC a few times.
     
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    I really had not thought too much about the HQ operations nor US microlending operations as being of interest.
    The three of you have set me straight. My mind does not imagine micro-lending in the world's largest economy, but I forgot that most of the US sources that once existed have been dismantled so poor people are not so mobile as they once were.
    PS As a child I lived in the US without running water, indoor plumbing or electricity. Federal programs helped me get an excellent education and escape poverty. People cannot do that any more. I try to imagine it was all me but it certinly was a healthy dose of government support taht let me do it. We seem to be, with Kiva trying to somehow make up for the neglect of a nation. Sorry for the foray into US politics.
     
  19. Toula
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    All I ask if that we try and set a date as early as possible and perhaps take weather into consideration. By that I mean we won't be going anywhere in the depths of winter with snow on the ground, nor will we travel anywhere in the midst of a heatwave.

    Personally I think if we are going to be visiting a city in the US I can't think of a place that has had more thrown at it in the past decade than New Orleans. The natural disasters, the unemployment, you name it, it seems to have had it happen. Bay Area would work for me as would Texas or Miami.

    I'll admit Detroit is probably not a location we would go. Been there once and have no desire to return, no matter what the cause. We have limited funds so would like to work pleasure in with the opportunity being presented.
     
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    Personally I liked Detroit during my brief visit there. But I am not attached to having the DO there. I was just throwing out suggestions based on where Kiva has activities.
    Seems to me we need to have some discussion of what is important to people:
    socializing (which can happen almost anyplace we choose)
    access to Kiva lenders
    access to Kiva staff and/or field partner staff
    other considerations

    After all that becomes clear we'll need to find people to organize. I believe that most DOs happen the other way around in which the organizer(s) choose where the DO will happen. That may be why this idea is coming together so slowly..............

    So, what are folk's priorities when considering where?
     
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    If it's planned, I will come to it! :p
     
  22. Toula
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    Thanks for coming up with that list miles, it gives us a starting point so we stop the waffling and start the planning. I have never attended a DO so am totally clueless on how these things work. Normally I would offer to help with the planning, however on a personal level we are planning big changes in our household before the end of the year which may make my time scarce. My husband is planning on quitting his job, it's a gutsy move in this economy, but we are done with the whole corporate BS. We are planning on taking off, travelling the world looking for opportunities to put our skills to good use on a volunteer basis. Life is not all about money.

    So for me for a DO besides the socialising of course, I would be interested in hearing from Kiva staff or a field partner exactly what is the process of someone being deemed worthy to be a Kiva candidate. Would be interesting to meet someone who has had their life changed thru the Kiva process. At the same time I would hate for anyone to feel like they were an exhibit at the zoo for my entertainment.

    How long would the DO last? If we did it in somewhere like New Orleans is it possible for us to volunteer for a day doing something that would assist Kiva or a partner in anyway.

    As I say, I am clueless in the etiquette of these matters so won't feel offended if anyone says my suggestions are the ramblings of a village idiot.
     
  23. miles and smiles
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    I love this big-time!
    I more or less dropped out from the economic rat race 25 years ago, so you have a big thumbs-up.gif from me! Much of my time goes to volunteer efforts (and to being another of the village idiots on MP :D).

    I've never been to a DO, either, so now we have the blind leading the blind :cool:

    From what I have read most DOs have been based on a place, an event or an airline/alliance. So, our Kiva DO will be a bit different or maybe a lot different. An add-on volunteer effort would be a great touch. I like that idea.
     
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    I love the idea of helping out for the day also (that is if my work schedule permits)! New Orleans has several rebuilding programs (thought may not be related to Kiva). Please bear in mind that NO can get really muggy (end April - mid Oct) when considering when to do a Do.

    I think a Do can be organic - like-minded people meeting up and having dinner or whatnot (so a count of heads and a restaurant choice, possibly if the numbers are bigger, a hotel that will give a discount rate). For a Kiva do, I think beyond the participants, finding a Kiva partner to meet with, and possibly asking suggestions from them for local things, as well as identifying a volunteer project to assist with for the day (if people are interested).
     
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    The other day I found out I was on the list for an overseas trip with work. I was told out yesterday I didn't get it :(. But that's ok because it wasn't to where I was originally told :). They wanted me to spend how many months on Guadalcanal AGAIN??!!

    There's a knitting convention type event in Santa Clara 23-26 Feb so the weekend before or after that in San Francisco would be fantastic for me.
     

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