I wanted to give you an update on the final take for the raffle and how it was distributed to Kiva.
Due to your generous donations, we took in $2,000!! AMAZING! I cannot thank you all enough for your kindness. It will be the gift that keeps on giving, as Kiva loans get repaid and we can continue to circulate the funds to women who are trying to improve their lives, the lives of their families and their communities.
As I'm selecting loans to submit to, I generally start with sorting by women, and then arts, education and retail/farming. I make $25 loans to be able to share as much as possible. In choosing countries, I try to vary as much as possible; this year they include India, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Peru, Mongolia, Burundi, Costa Rica, Mali, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Pakistan, Jordan and more!
This is our page: http://www.kiva.org/lender/wincon7245 so you can see the distribution and a cool map!
I also donated $50 towards Kiva operating costs.
That leaves us a balance of approximately $32. As more loans are repaid, I will make more donations.
Thank you again for your donations, your purchase of tickets and your enthusiasm towards the Wincon Raffle. It's a honor to organize it each year and I sincerely hope we can continue to make such an incredible difference in the world.