Our Mapping Project- Final Product

I believe our group mapped out Pound for Pound through effectively looking at the challenge as more than a social cause, but a lifestyle. We integrated public and private exercise establishments, looked at where a participant might want to purchase organically or low-fat menu items, and pointed out where Feeding America programs were used in Orlando.
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Testing Out Kiva

As posted last week, Kiva is a non-profit organization that creates microloans for small businesses in developing countries. The platform for this group is that through small loans from private individuals, Kiva aims to focus on the economic structure around the world, hoping to build loans for people who are not eligible to obtain them through banks. Private lenders (people using the site), can donate a minimum donation of $25 dollars to the borrower of their choice.

Last night, I tested out this initiative and gave a donation to the cause of my choice.

Meet my cause: The Braulio Group consists of three hardworking, determined, and enthusiastic women. One of them is Norma del Socorro Dávila Mora who is 37 years and sells fruit such as tamarind, mangoes, and “mamoncillos” (a fruit native to the Caribbean and Latin America). She works at her business with her husband and daughter, who help with making sales.

I choose to help to The Braulio Group because my donation helped to complete their raised funds. I felt that with my donation, their needs were being met, and I gladly helped in the idea that I was responsible for that action. I’m excited to watch the loan be paided back, if ever, and then I can redistribute the money to other causes who need it.

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Mapping Project Timeline

April 15th: Pitch idea to class

April 20th: Have map addresses plotted

April 27th: Have pictures taken and find links, add to map

May 4th: Finalize Map, add interactive appeal if needed

May 8th: Mapping Project DUE!

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Spring Extravaganza!

Check out my new article for the Rollin’s RNet website!

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Is Kiva Changing The World Through Small Business Solutions?

Kiva is a non-profit organization that creates microloans for small businesses in developing countries. The platform for this group is that through small loans from private individuals, Kiva aims to focus on the economic structure around the world, hoping to build loans for people who are not eligible to obtain them through banks. Private lenders (people using the site), can donate a minimum donation of $25 dollars to the borrower of their choice.

Having briefly studied sociology in the past, I conclude this initiative could work for developing small businesses around the world. Having capital resource and labor are the ingredients for business developement, granted there is the market to perform in. Kiva promotes the equilibrium of labor and capital resources, and encourages borrowers to pay back all loans to the lenders.

On the other hand, Kiva could present a few issues. First, there is the chance of the loans not being paid back in full. They warn lenders about principle lose at the bottom of their website. If borrower returns are not automatic, isn’t Kiva more like a charity organization than a structural reform? Secondly, lenders are in total control of who they want to donate to, much like banks, and thus promoting a bias about which borrowers appear “help-able”. Lenders can create profiles to describe themselves to other Kiva users. This combines the initiative with social media networking and promotes a sense of community through private lending. It also shines a spotlight on lenders, tracking their progress and recording how many loans they have provided. Does it take away from the simple act of donating when lenders are publically featured for their generosity? Is Kiva creating a series of philanthropic donations to stroke the lender’s ego or to really bring economic prosperity to the working poor?

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Mapping Final Project Proposal

Leandra and I are going to map food banks, public recreational parks, and private gyms to promote the Pound for Pound challenge. According to the website, “… every pound you pledge to lose through June 30, 2010, the Pound For Pound Challenge will donate 14¢ to Feeding America® — enough to deliver one pound of groceries to a local food bank.”

Our project will map out locations of food banks, public & private work out facilities, and recreational parks for people to gain information on where to get healthy and complete the challenge.

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Google Map for Homelessness in Downtown Orlando

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This map shows places that serve the homeless population in Orlando.

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