Crowdsourcing & Gamifying Charity

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Crowdsourcing & Gamifying Charity

If you could change someone’s life by lending them $25 would you do it? What if someone else was working with the borrower to make sure you got repaid?  What if that $25 not only helped the recipient, but helped her send her children to school?   Well that’s the opportunity you have with people like Jessica.

Jessica is an entrepreneur in Santiago (Conchalí) Chile. She buys old shoes at a market, repairs them and resells them. In the process, in addition to helping support her family, she helps provide badly needed money to people with old shoes and provides shoes like new to people that can’t afford to buy new ones.   Jessica learned the trade of refurbishing shoes from her father and for eleven years, she has been selling her shoes at market stall Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Jessica’s business has been going well and she has a loyal customer base. However, to get ahead, small businesses need to be able to buy inventory in sufficient quantities and need to be able to buy product when bargains present themselves. For this reason, Jessica was seeking a loan. The amount she wanted was paltry by business standards in developed countries — just $186. She hopes the loan will help her grow her business and eventually permit her to buy a van for it. Her dream is that she will be successful enough that her two daughters currently ages 15 and 7 will be able to get a high school education; and therefore, good jobs.

Jessica is part of a community bank called Compromiso y Lealtad (Commitment and Loyalty). It is like a cross between a micro credit union and a small business incubator.  It is made up of 20 entrepreneurs who work in different fields, including selling clothes, shoes, cleaning items, helium balloons, roast chicken, inflatable toys for children, used clothes, tools; and services installing windows, confectionery, woven handicrafts, and other items. They all live in the community of Conchalí, support each other and receive small business training as a group.  Collectively, the group was seeking $3,725.  By working as a group, the entrepreneurs will be better able to repay the loan.

Lending these funds is where comes in. Kiva is a micro-lending charity. They provide small loans to entrepreneurs and others in developing countries. Their goal is to help lift people out of poverty and boost the greater economy. Kiva works with local partners around the world to conduct the appropriate due diligence on potential borrowers and to administer the loans. Kiva secures the loan funds from individuals around the world that just want to help a worthy cause — people that want to provide a hand-up rather than a hand-out.  Kiva pools the individual loans, as small as $25 to fund the various projects, entrepreneurs and people in need.  Borrowers pay the funds back like any other loan over a period of time — sometimes as quick as a few months. Lenders can then use the repaid funds to support another project or can even take back their cash.

Kiva is crowdsourced charity, and the power of the crowd is something to behold. I chose to help fund Jessica because her project had just been listed, and as part of a larger group, they were looking for one of the larger amounts of funds. I liked the idea of my friends being able to join me on the project. What I didn’t know was that her project would be fully funded in hours by other Kiva supporters. The flow of funds is humbling. This support is wonderfully captured in this data visualization video from Kiva.  If you are involved in a cause, you want to see this video as a great example of a way to present the impact of an organization. If you like to help others, this video will draw you in too.


So, Kiva demonstrates the power of a global crowd. However, there is also power in a social crowd — those individuals that are in one person’s social graph both as direct contacts and as friends of friends.   A group of dedicated friends can raise thousands of dollars for a charity even a few dollars at a time (or pounds, pesos, Euros etc.).  Now, imagine if someone’s participation had a game element to it. Sites like Foursquare, GetGlue and Empire Avenue have demonstrated the tremendous power to affect someone’s actions by providing game-style achievements.  The charitable and game motivations combined may not change the world, but they can certainly change the world for a large group of people.  Let’s put it to the test…

Empire Avenue is a social network that turns social media activity into game currency. With the aid of game mechanics, it’s a great way to measure your social media success.  To secure more loans for Kiva, a group of Empire Avenue participants have pledged game currency (to buy shares) from anyone that joins the Empire Avenue Team on Kiva and provides a loan. The following table will track people providing each.

# Name EAv Ticker Shares Loan @Kiva
1 William Pitcher (e)WMPITCHER 600 2 link
2 Mick Say (e)MICKSAY 600 3 link
3 Tom Cooley (e)DOMINOORACLE 600 link
4 Axel Schultze (e)AXELS 2 link
5 Dawn Dawson (e)NORTHLANDFOX 2 link
6 Helen Oosterveen (e)EHLEN 600
7 David Lytle (e)DAVITYDAVE 2 link
8 Marilyn Campbell Davis Non Empire Ave Yes link
9 Linda Brand (e)DRLIBRA Yes link
10 Susan Cushing (e)MORPHING 20 3 link
11 Mindy Gibbins-Klein (e)BOOKMIDWIFE 2 link
12 Mike Bazaluk (e)BAZ 200 Yes link
13 Yogesh Pawar (e)YOGIBEAR 5
14 Jackie Bigford (e)JACKIESBUZZ 450
15 Daniel Ferris (e)DANLAMANSKI Yes link
16 Brent Knowles (e)WRITER 600 2 link
17 Jackie Green (e)VIEWERSCOURT Yes link
18 Anni Bricca (e)APB 50 Yes link
19 Becky Jones (e)EDC10 60
20 Stacy Nelson (e)STACYN 600 Yes link
21 Kevin Strehlo (e)MARATHON 200 Yes link
22 Jeroen van Zelst (e)VANZELST 100 Yes link
23 Kathy Anderson (e)KABI Yes link
24 Kyle Kopidlansky (e)MEDIADEALS2U Yes link
25 Cheryl Gonzalez (e)EZNG Yes link
26 Steven Johnson (e)PROFJOHNSON 2 link
27 Claire McGonigal (e)CMCG 600 Yes link
28 Jon Weedon (e)J0N1 200 Yes link
29 Meetu Singhal (e)MEETU 2 link
30 Steve Hall (e)THISISSPAIN 200 Yes link
31 Steven Healey (e)STEVENJH Yes link
32 Russ Bronson (e)IESL Yes link
33 Anne Thomas (e)ANNET Yes link
34 Michael Robinson (e)GENERATEUK 2 link
35 Dietmar Kauer (e)WAKE4JAKE 3 link
36 Drew McLellan (e)DREWMCLELLAN 100 Yes link
37 Nick Morra (e)GOLD 600 Yes link
38 Andy Fields (e)PNPT 200 Yes link
39 Cristopher Kuehl (e)KUEHLCR Yes link
40 Chuck Gallagher (e)ETHICSPEAKER Multi link
41 Naomi Shapiro (e)NAOMI Yes link
42 Gaye Crispin (e)GAYECRISPIN1 Yes link
43 Karen Briggs (e)RIDEXC 100 link
44 Art Jonak (e)JONAK Yes link
45 Rohit Verma (e)IMROVER 50
46 Gabriele Lenga (e)DEXLEN 6 link
47 Yorgo Nestoridis (e)YORGO 100 Yes link
48 Richard Callanan (e)INTOXIK8 250 Yes link
49 Chris Bulzacki (e)RUBBERDRAGON 100 Yes link
50 Bianca Gubalke (e)WEGOTOP 20
51 Stef Zula (e)STEFZULA Yes link
52 Lucky Nugroho (e)LUQ 25 Yes link
53 Raymond Morin (e)SKRYBB Yes link
54 Peter John Stone (e)PETERJOHN Yes link
55 Scott Curtis (e)SJC1964 50 Yes link
56 Peter Bambridge (e)PBB Yes link
57 Zo Nicholas (e)ZO 25 2 link
58 Ramon Colon (e)RAYCOLON 50 Yes link
59 Chase Barfield (e)CHASEB Yes link
60 Kishan Sheth (e)TWIZ 50
61 Chris Wilkins (e)CWILKINS88 20
62 Dillon Rhodes (e)DILLONRHODES 200 Yes link
63 Nathalie Steinmetz (e)NATTI 25 Yes link
64 Carece Slaughter (e)CHSLLC 400 Yes link
65 Scott Gottreu (e)GOTTREU Yes link
66 Andy Reeley (e)AT0MIC Yes link
67 Redas Laukys (e)LAUKYS Yes link
68 Euphoria Buzz (e)EUPHORIABUZZ Yes link
69 Helen Rittersport (e)HELENSSTUDIO Yes link
70 Gabriele Lenga (e)DEXLEN Yes link
71 Richard Townsend (e)RICTOWNSEND Yes link
72 Christian Northe (e)CHRISCHAN Yes link
73 Tess Gleason (e)TTURBO 25 2 link
74 Danko Winters (e)DANKO Yes link
75 Lindy Ireland (e)LINDY Yes link
76 Shelley Collins (e)EAGLES Yes link
77 Henry Saunders (e)HENRY1 Yes link
78 William Whetstone (e)TVISIO Yes link
79 John Furst (e)JWF 25 Yes link
80 Kyle Giesbrecht (e)DOOD Yes link
81 E. J. Williams Jr (e)JAYWILLIAMS Yes link
82 Mikael Eriksson (e)MICKEE Yes link
83 Olivia Regester (e)GEEKKNITR Yes link
84 Mercedes Fancellu (e)MEFANCE Yes link
85 Sean Romenco (e)SEANR Yes link
86 Erica Bilder (e)PANTHEON Yes link
TOTAL 7920 106 link


We will update this table as we go.  (Last Updated: 1:50 pm EST Nov 7.) Please let us know in the comments if your information needs correcting. Thank you so much to all those that have participated.

Our goal is to get 100 loans which will mean a minimum of $2,500 in total – UPDATE: AND WE DID IT!!.  Each person that makes a loan will receive purchases of more than 7,900 shares. You do not have to be a member of Empire Avenue to join our Kiva team. If you have another network instead of Empire Avenue on which you would like to connect, leave a note.  If you provide a loan, leave your name here (and your ticker if on Empire Avenue). If you would like to pledge Empire Avenue shares to encourage other people to make a loan, you can leave us a note as well.

Join us and let’s do our bit to change the world and show people the power of social networks.  Again, here is our Kiva link to Team Empire Avenue.


Do you want to crowdsource support or leverage game mechanics for donations?  Then, put the Pitcher Group to work for you.

About the Author:

William Pitcher is the Founder of the Pitcher Group. He has provided fundraising services as a consultant and a non-profit organization executive since 1986.


  1. Jackie 3 Oct 2011 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Love your project and glad to help in my small way, I am about half-way thru with my 350 share commitment and will be back tomorrow as I accumulate more eaves.

    • William Pitcher 3 Oct 2011 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      You rock Jackie! Thanks so much for being a part of this great cause.
      Take your time with the buys. I know it adds up.
      Cheers, Bill.

  2. Ehlen 3 Oct 2011 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Bought every ‘yes’ and out of eaves now, will check again tomorrow!

  3. Stjepan Radic 3 Oct 2011 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Good project William, you have my support.
    I wish you only the BEST.
    If you need Help i will help you.
    Thanks !!
    Good Luck !!
    Kind regards

  4. Becky just Becky 4 Oct 2011 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    I made a 60 share purchase of everyone on the list so far (unless I was maxed in you). I can’t make a loan just yet but I will do what I can to help out all supporters. 🙂

  5. Jackie Bigford 4 Oct 2011 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Popping in to say spent the wad again today and will be back tomorrow to continue investing…love that so many peeps are getting involved Bill. It is a testament to your leadership.
    #EAv4Good (I started this hashtag by the way..thought it might help the tracking and I am going to use it when I borrow your wonderful creative idea for Global Village Champions Foundation)

  6. Mike Bazaluk 4 Oct 2011 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Sorry I cant enter a figure for shares in people, will try to put as much back as possible to a max of 250!

    • William Pitcher 7 Oct 2011 at 11:27 am - Reply

      Mike, when you say you can’t ‘enter’ an amount do you mean you can’t COMMIT to an amount or that you literally tried to TYPE a number on the table and couldn’t? If you meant commit, you are welcome to pick a small number you feel comfortable with as a commitment. Some are doing as few as 5 shares. If you meant type, just let me know what number you would like and I will enter it for you. Cheers, Bill.

  7. Mick Say 4 Oct 2011 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Hi William – all

    I have now made my second loan. I already had 600 shares in many group members – but have purchased a minimum of 500 shares in those I had not previously maxed in saving 100 shares for everyone’s second loan – Mick

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  9. Tom Cooley 4 Oct 2011 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    I now have 600 shares in everyone who has made loans and is on Empire Avenue. I already owned 600 in many of you already, so when they release the 700 shares pie I’ll buy some more 😉

  10. Steve Hall 5 Oct 2011 at 12:20 am - Reply

    I made my 1st loan Thanks to you (and Tom) for the intro to Kiva. DELIGHTED to have the opp to loan to Spanish-speaking countries. South America is too often forgotten. Like others are offering if you advise me through EAv that you would like my investment in eaves in you, I will be happy to oblige. I have no pie so it will be 200 in each.

  11. THE LOTTO TEAM 5 Oct 2011 at 4:21 am - Reply

    HI, we are spreading the WORD! WE CAN ALL DO IT! Cheers,Maurice

  12. Drew McLellan 5 Oct 2011 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Just made my loan. Will commit to a minimum of 100 eaves per donor and try to do more!

    Drew (e)drewmclellan

  13. Drew McLellan 5 Oct 2011 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    And I was wondering what I was going to do with my refund bounty….


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  15. Claire McG 6 Oct 2011 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Working my way up to 600 in everyone on the list that I don’t already have 600 shares of…

  16. Mike Bazaluk 6 Oct 2011 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    to (e)GOLD cant leave a message on your profile, have bought you in support of Williams Kiva project

  17. Jon Weedon 6 Oct 2011 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    Delighted to have found Kiva and plan to make one loan a month for a while. I’m not sure what I am supposed to do in respect of buying shares in members of this group. Can anyone point me in the direction of a link to rules of engagement? Is there a Kiva group on EA?

    • William Pitcher 7 Oct 2011 at 11:23 am - Reply

      Hi Jon – just let me know here how many shares you would like to buy in each person and I will add that to the list. Then, just use the table to click through to each person and buy the shares. You don’t have to do it all at once. Some people are buying a few at a time. Thanks for being part of it. Cheers, Bill.

      • Jon Weedon 9 Oct 2011 at 10:18 pm - Reply

        Hi Bill. Stick me down for 200, which is currently my max. May take me a while to get there, but I will get there! Thx

  18. Jackie 7 Oct 2011 at 1:19 am - Reply

    Nick (e)Gold invested in support of this program but not able to leave a message, which is strange because I see some that have left messages..will be back but would like to be able to connect with you..the whole point of Empire Avenue is to build relationships and ps..I am Canadian so let me in LOL!!!

    • Junk01 7 Oct 2011 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      Had one of my mail settings turned off – it’s on now. Thx Jackie

  19. Anni Bricca 7 Oct 2011 at 1:27 am - Reply

    This was such a wonderful idea, Bill. I love it that I can reinvest this money over and over. Though I pledged 50 to each and am caught up or almost caught up there, I will also max everyone out over time. It’s been wonderful meeting so many kind and like-minded people 🙂

  20. Cris 7 Oct 2011 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Was a little late joining the party(Family came down). But I loaned today and will pleadge 25 shares now, and max as eves come in. A lot of you I already hold in, so this should be very fun! Great cause, and thanks Dom for sharing the link!!!!

    • William Pitcher 7 Oct 2011 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      Cris, you are not late at all! We are less than half way to our goal of 100 loans. Thank you so much joining the effort. I will add you to the list for your loan and share pledge. Cheers, Bill.

  21. Chuck Gallagher 7 Oct 2011 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Joined today and loaned $50 already. Thanks to you and EA for the information to make this a possibility

  22. Gaye Crispin 7 Oct 2011 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Love it Bill. This is a great initiative. I love the Kiva project. Well done. 🙂

  23. Gaye Crispin 7 Oct 2011 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Bill, where do people join? Is there a facebook page for this?

    • William Pitcher 7 Oct 2011 at 9:44 pm - Reply

      Hi Gaye, thank you so much for wanting to support the team. Here is the link for joining If you want to commit shares like other folks have done here, just let me know and I will add it. I update the table here regularly. I am also planning another Shareholder Mail message at the beginning of the week as an update. Cheers, Bill.

  24. Karen Briggs (ridexc) 8 Oct 2011 at 12:25 am - Reply

    Can’t commit to a loan right now (doing better in EAv than I am in real life!) but I would like to do what I can. Will buy 100 shares in anyone who’s contributing to the Kiva project. (Might be in dribs and drabs depending on my bankroll, but I’ll get there!)

    • William Pitcher 9 Oct 2011 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      Hey Karen, thanks so much for helping out. I have added your shares pledge to the list. Cheers, Bill.

  25. Mike Bazaluk 8 Oct 2011 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Hi William Sorry just caught up with your message! I cant enter in an amount on the table is what I meant to say.. basically I’d like to give everyone 200 (eventually) in their partipation, anyone making large investments upto 250.
    After that hopeful after just carry on investing

    • William Pitcher 9 Oct 2011 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      Great Mike – I have added that info to the table. Thanks so much. Cheers, Bill.

  26. Mick Say 8 Oct 2011 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Morning Bill > everyone >

    My Group update:
    I have 600 shares is nearly everyone in the group and I have a minimum of 250 in newly joined members – I have now made two loans and will make one more this month and then one new one every month onward.

    Still a couple of people in the group who have ignored my 600e investment in them and not invested back in me – and whilst this is a charitable group for the benefit or others, it would still be polite to return at least a 1/3rd investment.

    Hope you are all well, have a brilliant weekend – Mick

  27. Ehlen 9 Oct 2011 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Bill I think you made a mistake with the tickers of the last two people on the list, they both point to (e)PNPT?

    • William Pitcher 9 Oct 2011 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks Helen! I copy and paste the HTML to add new rows and forgot to finish updating their information. Done now. Cheers, Bill.

  28. Yorgo Nestoridis 10 Oct 2011 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Brilliant use of EA! I have joined and made afirst loan. Please take note that I commit to buying 100 to start with.

  29. Bianca Gubalke 10 Oct 2011 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Hi all from South Africa! Great initiative! Just finding my way around here!

    Kiva South Africa!

  30. Bianca Gubalke 10 Oct 2011 at 10:00 am - Reply

    Am only about 2 weeks active on EA and ‘broke’ on a regular basis at this stage still LOL… will happily pledge some EAves for the community here… just still trying to find my way around here!

    Kiva South Africa – even we will get there 🙂

    • William Pitcher 10 Oct 2011 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks for joining us Bianca. I am happy to answer any questions. Cheers, Bill.

  31. Stacy Nelson 10 Oct 2011 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Hi Bill,

    Just a quick note to say thank you for organizing this. Microlending is near and dear to my heart and I love seeing people mobilize. I have personally started several goat and cow projects and I love what a little thing can do in the world. It’s so simple to care.

    The project has had a side effect too. I have spent very little time on eAve over the past couple of months as it lost a little sparkle for me. This project has brought me back to buying shares in people and for that I thank you… good to know the accumulated eaves are going to some good.

    I will continue to buy 600 or cap off on everyone on your list above. I’m really not worried about being bought back so for those struggling to meet their commitments you can put me very low on your list 🙂

    • William Pitcher 10 Oct 2011 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      Hi Stacy,

      Delighted to have you part of the team. It’s awesome that pledging virtual currency can make a real-world difference, isn’t it? And I am with you, this project has definitely injected some energy into my social media.

      Cheers, Bill.

  32. Richard Callanan 10 Oct 2011 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Hi Bill, I just joined and made my first loan of $25, I’m not going to pledge any shares at the moment because my EAV activity isn’t very consistent right now.
    I will come back to this page whenever I have spare eaves though and make my way through maxing the people on the list.

    • William Pitcher 10 Oct 2011 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Hi Richard, thanks so much for supporting Kiva and our team. No worries at all about pledging shares. I, for one, am delighted you made a loan. You can make a pledge as small as five shares though. Even small amounts add up when a bunch of people make them. Several people have pledged minimums, but are trying to do more when they can. Regardless, it’s all great. Thanks again. Cheers, Bill.

      • Anonymous 11 Oct 2011 at 7:31 am - Reply

        I think at the moment I can safely pledge 50 shares, I’ll increase that as soon as I can 🙂

  33. Bianca Gubalke 10 Oct 2011 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    KIVA SOUTH AFRICA – my commitment is 20 shares for starters!

    • William Pitcher 10 Oct 2011 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Awesome Bianca. I have added that information to the table above. Cheers, Bill

  34. Hanno 10 Oct 2011 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Just joined the The Kiva group. Will see what it is about.

  35. Rubber Dragon 10 Oct 2011 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Many thanks William for pushing this, I’m signed up and made my first loan, I’m going to pledge buying 100 of everyone on the list to start with. What’s next?

    • William Pitcher 10 Oct 2011 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      Hi Chris, Thanks so much for supporting our team. I have added your info to the table above. Buy the shares as you can and let others know about our team. Thanks again. Cheers, Bill.

  36. Ray Colon 10 Oct 2011 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    I’m on my 4TH Kiva loan and have just joined the EA team. Great organization. EA ticker RAYCOLON.

  37. Lucky Nugroho 11 Oct 2011 at 6:01 am - Reply

    Just made my 1st loan. I should’ve done this days ago.. 🙂

  38. Yorgo Nestoridis 11 Oct 2011 at 6:49 am - Reply

    Please add in my commitment of 100 🙂 I am almost through with it.

  39. Anne Thomas 11 Oct 2011 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Awesome 🙂 Glad to participate!

  40. Raymond Morin 11 Oct 2011 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Hi William. I already made a loan, and started to buy shares from other participants. But, I think you should explain me the mechanism for contributing to this part.

    • William Pitcher 11 Oct 2011 at 1:42 pm - Reply

      Hi Raymond, Thanks for being part of our team. If you would like to make a formal shares pledge commitment, you just let me know how many and I add it to the list. It can be as few as 5 shares per person. Then, I add it to the list and you buy everyone with a ‘Yes’ under the Loan column. The bigger we get the overall pledge number, the more people that make loans. Thanks again. Cheers, Bill.

  41. Scott Curtis 11 Oct 2011 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Hello William,

    This is the best thing I’ve seen on EA! I made a loan and would like to pledge buying 50 shares for anyone who participates. Thank you for doing this.
    Scott Curtis EA Ticker: SJC1964

  42. Scott Curtis 11 Oct 2011 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    This is the best use of EA I’ve seen! Thank you so much for starting this group. I’ve made my loan and pledge 50 shares for everyone who does the same!

    Scott Curtis
    EA Ticker: SJC1964

  43. Jackie Bigford 11 Oct 2011 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    I just wanted to stop in and say hello under my non-profit account (e)GOGVM where I have pledged 100 shares in each of you ..Bill added it to my personal account above (e)JackiesBuzz ..+350 from me and +100 for Global Village Champions Foundation …it is so heart warming to see so many giving people to this wonderful project

  44. Mick Say 11 Oct 2011 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Hi Bill – all

    I have now updated my investments and have a minimum investment of 500 shares in all group members – Some I already have 600 shares.

    I don’t think I have missed anyone but if I have missed you PLEASE tell me and i’ll get right on it. Thanks all..

    I will be making my 3rd loan this week and would welcome your suggestion of which cause to support

    Thanks a million – Mick

  45. Anonymous 12 Oct 2011 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    I think I’ve got everyone covered at 50 now so I’m happy to up my pledge to 100 shares.

  46. Mick Say 13 Oct 2011 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Good Morning all

    Just checked the list and bought more shares to keep on top of my commitment.

    Hope you are all fit and well – Mick

  47. Lucky Nugroho 13 Oct 2011 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    I haven’t made my commitment of share buy, now it’s about time I do. I’m gonna buy at least 25 shares in each one on the list, and add 25 more on my next buy till I max out at 200 shares (my max at the moment). That is if I haven’t maxed in you before. 🙂

    Thanks, Bill!

  48. Anonymous 13 Oct 2011 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Not sure my post actually sent yesterday so I’ll try again. I think I’ve covered everyone for 50 shares now so I’ll up my pledge to 100 shares which I’m already making good progress with 🙂 Please let me know if I’ve missed you!

  49. Mike Bazaluk 17 Oct 2011 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Think I’ve got at least 200 in all participants in Kiva (there were 57 on the list) If I’ve miscalced/missed anyone can you drop me a message and I’ll put things straight asap. Well done everyone involved and thanks to William for creating a great and worthy project on #EAv

  50. Anonymous 17 Oct 2011 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    I currently have at least 150 shares in everyone on the list so I’ll increase my pledge to 250 which I should be able to hit by the end of next week then I’ll look into another piece of pie.

    I’m overwhelmed with the support I’ve received from the group and will put in as much as I possibly can.

  51. Zo Nicholas 17 Oct 2011 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Just joined this worthy cause. Great initiative!

  52. William Pitcher 17 Oct 2011 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Hello Friends,

    [Cross-posted on Kiva team page]

    Okay, it’s 5pm EDT on Monday, October 17. I think I have everyone added to the list that has provided a loan or made a share pledge. However, it is quite possible that I missed someone. If so, just let me know and I will be happy to add the info.

    Those pledging to buy shares are doing so for those making loans only. Of course, you are welcome to also support those only making share pledges.

    In terms of how long pledgers should hold shares, I hope this is about more than dividends and the like. I believe share purchases should be made in good faith on the basis that you have no immediate plans to re-sell. However, if someone quits participating in Empire Avenue or other significant change, I think all will agree that it would be understandable that you sold. To those making loans, I hope your focus is on the good you are doing first and the share benefit second.

    Thanks again to everyone that is supporting this extraordinary project. We are now almost two-thirds of the way to the ambitious goal that I set at the start of all this.

    Cheers, Bill.

  53. Ray Colon 17 Oct 2011 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Hi Bill, I’m listed above. Please update the list to include a 50 share pledge. EA ticker RAYCOLON.

    Thanks, Ray

  54. Chris Wilkins 18 Oct 2011 at 1:56 am - Reply

    I provided a loan for Burulush Usupova’s Group in Kyrgyzstan. It has reached 100% and i’m very excited. I will contribute 20+ shares. EA ticker cwilkins88

    • William Pitcher 18 Oct 2011 at 3:08 am - Reply

      Awesome Chris! Just so you know, you have to join the Empire Avenue team and connect your loan through there for it to count towards our goal. Cheers, Bill.

  55. Mick Say 18 Oct 2011 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Morning all

    Just checked the list and updated my buying commitment – hope you are all well – have a great week – Mick

  56. jim moss 18 Oct 2011 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    I would love to join and support! (e)SMARKETING Jim Moss

    • William Pitcher 18 Oct 2011 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Great Jim – just go to to join Kiva (and make a loan if you are up for that). If you want to pledge shares, just let me know here how many. Cheers and thanks, Bill.

  57. Zo Nicholas 18 Oct 2011 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Still new here but please include me on the list, my commitment is 25 shares.

  58. Anne Thomas 18 Oct 2011 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    I’ll be making another loan next Monday, great cause, no need to feel obligated to buy my EA shares 🙂

  59. Nathalie Steinmetz 18 Oct 2011 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Hi William, I’d like to pledge 25 shares. EA Ticker NATTI. Thanks!

  60. Richard Townsend 18 Oct 2011 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    Hi just put in $25.00. Will sort out a loan soon, I think the club has a priority for lending is that correct? Ric

    • William Pitcher 19 Oct 2011 at 12:02 am - Reply

      Thanks for joining us Ric! The loans get funded so fast thanks to the power of the internet that you should just pick a project that catches your interest. Cheers, Bill.

  61. Carece Slaughter 19 Oct 2011 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Hi William, I joined the team, made my first loan and would like to pledge 25 shares for now, will raise as I build my cash (eave) flow.
    Thanks for initiating this wonderful effort!

  62. Carece Slaughter 19 Oct 2011 at 1:00 am - Reply

    William, I am going to go ahead and raise my eave contributions to 400 (my current max) even though it may take me a few days to fulfill) Thank you again!

    • William Pitcher 19 Oct 2011 at 5:22 am - Reply

      That’s wonderful! I have add the info to the list. Thank you. Cheers, Bill.

  63. ™Andy Reeley 19 Oct 2011 at 5:09 am - Reply

    Hey just added a $25 loan, hope this works 🙂

    • William Pitcher 19 Oct 2011 at 5:20 am - Reply

      Awesome! I will add your name to the list. Thank you. Cheers, Bill.

  64. ™Andy Reeley 19 Oct 2011 at 5:10 am - Reply

    i am (e)At0mic on Empire Avenue 🙂

  65. ™Andy Reeley 19 Oct 2011 at 5:12 am - Reply

    how do I donate the EA eaves, not sure I can work out how to do that. I shall keep looking !

    • William Pitcher 19 Oct 2011 at 5:20 am - Reply

      Hi Andy, You just let me know how many you want to donate and I will add it to the table. Thanks for wanting to help in that way. Cheers, Bill.

  66. Redas Laukys 19 Oct 2011 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Hi, I am member of Team Europe, checked in EmpireAvenue team, just added a loan.
    Nice initiative!
    Redas Laukys

    • William Pitcher 21 Oct 2011 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      A belated thank you for being part of our team too! Great to have folks that have been around Kiva before. Most of us have a long way to go to get to the average of nearly 8 loans per Kiva member. Cheers, Bill.

  67. Sdcushing 19 Oct 2011 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Hi, Bill: I made a second loan about a week ago. Woot! When you have a chance, could you have someone update the spreadsheet. Thank you!

    • William Pitcher 21 Oct 2011 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      Forgot to leave you a note saying I updated the list. Did it shortly after you left your message. Thanks so much! Cheers, Bill.

  68. Lucky Nugroho 21 Oct 2011 at 9:54 am - Reply

    I believe now I have shares in everyone on the list above, except the non-EAVplayers. My commitment is 25 shares, for starters. 🙂

  69. Richard Townsend 21 Oct 2011 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    Hi, I have tweeted an invitation to join and sent it to Facebook and Google+. How do I check if anyone has accepted my invitation to join? Sorry just haven’t got the hang of it yet, I’d just be interested to know. Ric

  70. Mike Bazaluk 22 Oct 2011 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Got some great news on my Kiva Loan :- Thanks to you & 86 other Kiva Lenders, the $2,675.00 loan request in Kyrgyzstan has been 100% funded.

    • William Pitcher 24 Oct 2011 at 3:13 am - Reply

      It’s very cool isn’t it Mike? The power of the crowd is really something. Thanks for being part of ours. Cheers, Bill.

  71. Tess Gleason 23 Oct 2011 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Hi Bill I may have been missed but I’ve got two loans and I’ll make a commitment of 25 shares. I’m also going to buy some Christmas Gift cards and will encourage my recipients to put consider our group.

  72. Tess Gleason 23 Oct 2011 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Sorry I haven’t been back in to buy everyone that I promised shares too but when I started there was only 25 or so players, now there’s a lot more!! WOW!

  73. Tess Gleason 23 Oct 2011 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Also I just noticed I’m apparently missing from the list, did I forget to ask you to add me Bill way back there?

    • William Pitcher 24 Oct 2011 at 3:12 am - Reply

      Hi Tess,

      Sorry that I missed adding you. I think I did include you and didn’t save the addition. I have now got you in the list. Thanks so much for supporting this great project. It’s going great, isn’t it?

      Cheers, Bill

      • Tess Gleason 27 Oct 2011 at 11:40 pm - Reply

        Yes it is I was very impressed with what you were doing when I told Brad. Good luck on your other ventures too!

  74. johnfurst 28 Oct 2011 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks for adding me to that list so quickly. I also would like to commit to a minimum of 25 shares for new members. How do I get notified, respectively where should I check on a regular basis?

    • William Pitcher 28 Oct 2011 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      Hi John,

      Thanks so much for supporting our Team and for making a difference in someone’s life. You can check back here for updates. Just after the list of supporters, I include when the table was last revised. I also do updates by Empire Avenue Shareholder Mail and via our Kiva Team Messages.

      Cheers, Bill.

  75. Olivia Rēgester 29 Oct 2011 at 1:43 am - Reply

    I had heard about Kiva and had been meaning to check it out – this was just the push I needed! Thanks for supporting this great cause!

  76. Anonymous 29 Oct 2011 at 8:48 am - Reply

    I’ve just added the new additions to my watch list and will start investing in a moment. I have at least 250 shares in everyone else apart from Drew McLellan who i got a refund from a few days ago and Christian Northe who appears to have me blocked.

  77. Anonymous 2 Nov 2011 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Hi William –
    could you add my 3rd loan to the spreadsheet. I’m back from vacation and eager to catch up!

  78. Mick Say 4 Nov 2011 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Hi All

    Update – Just made my third loan to a Rwandan farming group > C 7904 Duteraninkunga Group.

    I have also checked the list and I now have a minimum of 500 shares in everyone on the list – except for 3 people who seem to be blocking me on Empire Avenue.

    Hope you are all well – Have a fantastic weekend – Micki

  79. Jeroen van Zelst 7 Nov 2011 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    As fa as I know I’ve bought 100 extra shares in everyone who made a Kiva loan and that I had not maxed already. If I accidentally missed out on you please do let me know and I’ll correct that immediately!

  80. Mick Say 7 Nov 2011 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Hi Everyone – Hope you are well – I think I am up to speed with everything but shout if I have missed you – Have a great week ahead – Mick

  81. Mick Say 7 Nov 2011 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    PS – Bill – can you update my loans to three please – Mick

  82. Jon Weedon 7 Nov 2011 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Hi William – I just made my second loan on Kiva to celebrate my first month of being involved. I’m finding the loans a bit easier to make than meeting my commitment to buying 200 shares sadly – I never seem to have enough eavs to keep up with the number of new members! I have managed to max in 26 members and made smaller investments in another 26. Perhaps it would be better to reduce my shares commitment to 100 and max in everyone rather than let so many people down. What do you think?

  83. Rubber Dragon 11 Nov 2011 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Finally, have 100 shares in everyone! Just double checked, but please let me know if I missed any of you : )

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