Hello Kiva World --
I wanted to share with you all some exciting new content that is now appearing on the Kiva site. Through the extraordinary work of the organization and KF9 Fellow Agnes Chu, SPBD is & will be including individual social metric data on many of the borrowers they are posting to Kiva. SPBD actually collects 30 different data points on their client’s social situation and through the work of Agnes some of this data will now be available to Kiva lenders on the borrower profile pages. More importantly, Agnes was able to help SPBD expose this data in a relatively simple fashion so this practice should continue even after she returns to the States. For more information on SPBD's social metrics, please visit SPBD’s Partner Page where more in-depth details on the organization's Social Metric Survey are available (http://www.kiva.org/about/aboutPartner?id=15).
To see all of SPBD's current loans on Kiva, please click on the following link: http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesses&partner_id=15&status=fundRaising&sortBy=New+to+Old
Anyways, please join me in thanking SPBD & Agnes for all of their hard work as well as being the first Kiva partner to disclose this type of information. Hopefully, you our Kiva Lenders will find this information as interesting as we do!
Senior Portfolio Manager - Asia Pacific Region
PS. Agnes also took some interesting photographs of Samoan life that we also wanted to share with you all:
1. Typical Samoan Plantations: http://picasaweb.google.com/agnes.p.chu/SamoanPlantation#
2. Weaving Traditional Mats: http://picasaweb.google.com/agnes.p.chu/WeavingFineMats#
3. Sewing Traditional Lavalavas and Puletesi: http://picasaweb.google.com/agnes.p.chu/SewingLavalavasAndPuletesi#