Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Peer to peer development

In case one hasn't read the story of Kiva yet, there is a good interview on the World Resources Institue website about this innovative peer-to-peer microloan program.

Going forward, we believe that facilitating connections is going to be our "bread and butter", so we are trying to create software, a platform which will continuously create those synergies without us getting much involved. We don't want to create the connection or manage the connections, we want to facilitate them and then get out of the way.


The Kiva model pushes the imagination and makes me wonder if it would be possible to do more to maintain and strengthen connections beyond just giving a loan. My favorite "connection" recently has been the Nata Village Blog, which I follow regularly.

4 comments:

sheel@kiva.org said...

Paul,
Thank you so much for the blog posting. We love it when people spread the word about us, we're helping lift people all around the world out of poverty!

We’d love for you to help us out more with a banner ad or link on the right side of your site...
We’ll be improving these in the next couple of weeks, but here is what we have so far-
http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=about&action=support

Thanks again for your support, and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.
Sheel
Kiva Volunteer

Anonymous said...

Hi Paul

Glad to see you are blogging!

Thanks for the post!

Cheers,
JON.
natavillage.org

Pavlusha34 said...

Sheel and Jon, I am happy to spread the word. Keep up the good work.

Cheers,
Paul

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