Ari brought this up again in the comments section this morning. How can our Kiva Investment Group be more useful to us…and to our entrepreneurs? Several of you have raised the idea of a group investment. Pick a borrower that we are all interested in and invest together. What do you think?
I know Ramon is focused on Latin America while I am interested in the poorest countries on earth – which are concentrated for the most part in sub-Saharan Africa. Others may have their own investment focuses. So we’d have to agree to put our strategies aside for the good of the group, if that turned out to be necessary. Which would be okay with me.
Here’s another simple idea. If one of us notices a potential borrower is having trouble completing their loan, she could put up a message here asking fellow PIG-KIGs to jump on it. And, as finances permit, we would all agree ahead of time to do that.
Or, as a group we could take on the stalest, least pretty borrowers out there. I can tell you right now they are all are grumpy middle-aged Muslim men in Azerbaijan who sell spare parts or run a junkyard. Why can’t they be winning little 23 year old yam sellers like the borrower I just helped fund in Ghana?
Because they’re grouchy old guys like me! At least they’re not lazy pigs. Strike a blow for grumpy old men! Join KIG!
My original idea was simply to use the Kiva Investment Group to encourage other readers to join us. That’s working, but we seem to be ready to take the group a step farther. More ideas and discussion, please.
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