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Title: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on June 22, 2006, 12:25:08 pm
You might have noticed a few banner adverts appearing around the site for buying products online.

I'm experimenting with a system offered by http://www.tradedoubler.com/. The idea is to run it for a month or two and see how it goes.

The beauty of the system is that we select the ads based on preferences.

Each day they send through fresh special offers and deals. I can use the admin interface to select which rotate throughout the site and with what frequency.

I've set out some category options above to try to make sure the adverts match local needs/interests.

Please take a moment to check the five boxes representing the areas you would be most interested in, or add any fresh areas to this thread.

Thanks

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on June 22, 2006, 01:07:29 pm
Remember, unlike previous polls, you have five votes in this one, so each person can vote for five categories.

You can click the go up button (which is at the foot of this post and looks like this (http://www.brookmans.com/forum/Themes/default/images/english/go_up.gif) to reach the poll.

Thanks

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Mermaid on June 26, 2006, 08:24:09 am
Dave

Can you remind us please how we raise money from the ads? Does the company pay a small amount every time someone clicks on their ad? If so, if I click on the same ad several times in a day, do they pay something each time? Or just the once as I'm the same person? Also, does the sum rise the longer I stay browsing the ad?

Regards

Mermaid
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on June 26, 2006, 08:50:55 am
Hi Mermaid,

There are a variety of methods, but it is mainly through purchasing. Clicking repeatedly is seen as a fraudulent attempt to generate revenue and a site must not encourage that. The companies running these schemes track that. That is why I never ask people to click ads for the sake of it. They should only click on them if they are genuinely interested in reading more about the product being promomted.

I am still not sure whether we will stick with this system. What would be better would be to have a system that would enable local firms in North Mymms to advertise. However, I am not sure what to charge and then there is the admin effort needed to do the deals and collect the money.

James and I have been discussing this as an option, so we are still trying to figure out the best plan for the site. In a way that would be a plan that raises money to pay Positive and also helps promote local business.

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Mermaid on June 26, 2006, 09:41:25 am
I think I can help there! I used to head advertising sales teams for TV companies and when I set up my marketing consultancy (that's not an ad, I've got all the clients I can cope with :) ) some of our early projects with small local media included pulling in the ads to get them funded. I've also worked for a few years on my son's school's fete brochure which gives me a good sense on what local people will pay for local advertising. I also took care of all the admin, invoicing and money collection.

Will that help you?
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on June 26, 2006, 09:43:54 am
Great,

Any suggestions welcome.

Let's continue this through the forum message system.

Thanks for the offer Mermaid.

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on June 27, 2006, 02:28:32 pm
Apologies if you see ads come and go on the site. I am experimenting with a number of systems. Thanks for your patience.

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on July 22, 2006, 08:40:06 am
Thanks to all those who responded to our poll about whether to have adverts on the site and, if so, what they should be advertising. To see the poll, click the 'go up' button - which looks like this (http://www.brookmans.com/forum/Themes/default/images/english/go_up.gif) just below this post.

We are still figuring this one out. One option might be to use the space to advertise local firms only.

In the meantime, a few free ads for charities have been placed at the foot of the front page in order to make use of some space.

The charities promoted are ChildLine, because there have been so many stories recently about children being at risk; Save The Children - same thinking but taken globally; Fair Trade - making sure producers in developing countries get a fair cut of the profit margins, and Amnesty International - highlighting human rights abuses worldwide.

If anyone has any suggestions for charities they'd like to see promoted, please add them to this thread and we will see if they have promo banners we can use and whether they are happy to be promoted on this site.

The team running this site will discuss the possibility of running and charging for local ads in the autumn.

Thanks

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: SimonLewis on July 23, 2006, 12:00:30 pm
Hi David

Could I throw the Willow Foundation into the ring. Apart from the fact I work closely with them and they are an astonishing charity, it seems an oversight or a little daft to me that a home grown national charity is not represented.

Simon
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on July 23, 2006, 12:55:17 pm
Sure, Simon. If you are working closely with them could you ask them if that is okay and whether I can copy a logo from their site to link  through from please?

Thanks

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on July 23, 2006, 01:01:48 pm
Simon,

I could link from one of these .gifs if the Willow Foundation is happy for me to put them on www.brookmans.com.

(http://www.brookmans.com/images/willow145.gif)

(http://www.brookmans.com/images/willowpurple145.gif)

David

Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: SimonLewis on July 23, 2006, 02:21:51 pm
Thanks David,

That is brilliant and I'm sure the Willow will be incredibly appreciative.

I shall have the ok for you in the morning.

Simon
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on July 24, 2006, 08:06:39 am
Current local charity promos on site...

(click on images to go to the charity's site)

(http://www.brookmans.com/images/willow145.gif) (http://willowfoundation.org.uk/home.shtml) 

(http://www.brookmans.com/images/isabel140.gif) (http://www.isabelhospice.org.uk/)

National charity promos

(http://www.brookmans.com/images/childlinenew140.gif) (http://www.childline.org.uk/Helpandadvice.asp)

(http://www.brookmans.com/images/refugesmall.gif) (http://www.refuge.org.uk/)

If anyone has any other worthy local charities to promote, please add the name to this thread.

We could put another two on the front page without it looking cluttered. We can also rotate them.

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: SimonLewis on July 24, 2006, 11:04:47 am
Hello David

I spoke with the Willow Foundation first thing this morning. They would like me to pass on their sincere thanks and appreciation on behalf of all those the foundation helps for uploading the link.

It is of course a difficult thing to monitor exact response but they have assured me that if anything good comes as a direct result, they will let me know immediately so that I can pass this information on to you.

Should anyone wish to become more involved with the foundations work, details can be found on the site.

Thanks again,

Simon     ;D
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on July 24, 2006, 11:09:56 am
Thanks Simon,

If anyone else knows of a local charity worthy of support, please add details here.

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on March 29, 2010, 07:21:40 pm
Hi all,

Please ignore the odd colour change over the next few hours. I am trying out Google Ads again now they have backed down on China. We will try to get them running in the site's own template, but that will require some coding.

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: sasquartch on March 30, 2010, 12:33:23 pm
I can see the new forum template - however there is no obvious link to get back to the front page of brookmans.com - is that something that will be reinstated ?
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on March 30, 2010, 12:36:30 pm
Just testing for now and will revert to the old template after a bit of a play.  But you are right, no direct link back from the default template.

Dave
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: epiphany on March 30, 2010, 12:40:29 pm
Good!!

I don't like the blue background - it looks too much like the Wel/Hat forum pages!
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on March 30, 2010, 12:54:10 pm
Good!!

I don't like the blue background - it looks too much like the Wel/Hat forum pages!


Phew, that's better.  And we certainly don't want to be confused with that site.

 :)
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Aidan Winwood on March 30, 2010, 01:17:49 pm

Phew, that's better.  And we certainly don't want to be confused with that site.

 :)

OOH, saucer of milk at table two...  :)
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on March 30, 2010, 01:21:43 pm
Rather have a pint.

 :)

Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on March 30, 2010, 09:28:06 pm
Sorry about the short burst of blue. Just checking whether the Google Ads work in the default template. They don't in our beautiful Brooky Park yellow and green template (Norwich City).

Will leave it up for ten mins before restoring to the original.

James is working on the code.

Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on March 31, 2010, 01:39:47 pm
We've added some Google ads to the site. Hopefully they will offer useful links. If anyone spots any dodgy links, please let us know.

Dave
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on March 31, 2010, 01:47:49 pm
Forgot to add, they are at the top of the forum welcome page, and at the foot of each page.
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Angel on April 10, 2010, 12:22:31 pm
We've added some Google ads to the site. Hopefully they will offer useful links. If anyone spots any dodgy links, please let us know.

Dave

I just saw one saying to watch a spicy video!!  I presume it wasn't about Indian cooking.  :icon_jokercolor: (It came up at the bottom of the facebook thread and mentioned facebook so I think the ads relate to words in the thread - not totally sure on that)
Personally, I won't click on any ads
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on April 10, 2010, 01:22:36 pm
Thanks Angel, will keep an eye on it.

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: PS on April 10, 2010, 04:33:12 pm
Thanks Angel, will keep an eye on it.

David

I bet you will !!! ;D
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Aidan Winwood on April 13, 2010, 09:40:11 pm
We've added some Google ads to the site. Hopefully they will offer useful links. If anyone spots any dodgy links, please let us know.

Dave

I just saw one saying to watch a spicy video!!  I presume it wasn't about Indian cooking.  :icon_jokercolor: (It came up at the bottom of the facebook thread and mentioned facebook so I think the ads relate to words in the thread - not totally sure on that)
Personally, I won't click on any ads

two things:

1.  I too saw ads for Kelly Brook pictures and for organised tours to Le Mans 2010.  Now I'm not complaining about either to be honest, just highlighting that I've realised that google is cleverer than I though it was.... ;D

2.  More annoying...  Now when I log onto Brookmans.com on my mobile the adverts move everything else down the screen quite a long way.  Very annoying, can I cange a setting on my HTC to change this.  And don't say 'buy an iPhone' since I'll turn into this...

[can't work out how to do it, so imagine a huge picture of The Hulk]

Cheers,
Aidan
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on April 13, 2010, 10:14:05 pm
Hi Aidan, sorry about that. I will check with James. Not sure I know how to remove the ad without messing up the whole forum.

Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Aidan Winwood on April 13, 2010, 10:36:32 pm
no worries if you can't mate, leave it rather than mess things up for the rest of the site!

Ax
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: James Bentall on April 14, 2010, 07:33:39 pm
Aidan - do you have an RSS reader on your phone?
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Aidan Winwood on April 23, 2010, 01:00:31 pm
hmm, possibly, how can I tell?
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: HAWC145 on December 14, 2011, 06:57:36 pm
What are these google ads about?
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on December 14, 2011, 07:18:27 pm
Well spotted. I am experimenting. They have only just gone up. Trying a few ideas.
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: HAWC145 on December 14, 2011, 07:31:01 pm
They look good,
Could anything be done to make them load quicker. They are slowing the site down
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on December 14, 2011, 07:40:27 pm
Do you think they are slowing the site down? It's loading for me in 0.75 seconds (BBC News Online is loading in 0.69 seconds). Seems as fast as ever.

I have moved the local, free, community ads up higher on the front page to try to promote local efforts (more welcome).
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Ferdie on December 14, 2011, 11:25:22 pm
Do you think they are slowing the site down? It's loading for me in 0.75 seconds (BBC News Online is loading in 0.69 seconds). Seems as fast as ever.

I have moved the local, free, community ads up higher on the front page to try to promote local efforts (more welcome).

Good idea moving the banners up. I don't think the ad 'experiment' is slowing things down, but the Facebook link may, as it has to connect to FB to get the pics and then feed back to this site? It has been slower since that appeared. But, its not a major delay. Will the site get a 'click' contribution for allowing the Google ads? If so, good idea too, providing it doesn't detract from the traditional values and independance of the site and doesn't start gathering user data with spyware?
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on December 14, 2011, 11:55:18 pm
Do you think they are slowing the site down? It's loading for me in 0.75 seconds (BBC News Online is loading in 0.69 seconds). Seems as fast as ever.

I have moved the local, free, community ads up higher on the front page to try to promote local efforts (more welcome).

Good idea moving the banners up. I don't think the ad 'experiment' is slowing things down, but the Facebook link may, as it has to connect to FB to get the pics and then feed back to this site? It has been slower since that appeared. But, its not a major delay. Will the site get a 'click' contribution for allowing the Google ads? If so, good idea too, providing it doesn't detract from the traditional values and independance of the site and doesn't start gathering user data with spyware?

Hi Ferdie, I don't think the Facebook module slows the site. The site loads and the Facebook catches up when its ready. There have been a few problems with Facebook over the last 48 hours on many sites, but the Brookmans Park Newsletter will not be affected if Facebook is down - other than there being a blank page.

Regarding Google, privacy and the site's independence. Nothing really has changed. Google indexes the site several times a day, as it does with all sites. That's why we sometimes see 100+ on the site - it's not people, but spiders gathering info.  The site has had Google tracking on it for ages to see the traffic. 

If we make some money we can put that towards the site's costs and start giving Positive something back for all the free hosting they have given.

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: HAWC145 on February 03, 2012, 03:57:14 pm
Would it be possible to know how much money the site is making for the google ads?
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on February 03, 2012, 05:00:13 pm
Would it be possible to know how much money the site is making for the google ads?

Sure, since they were added on, 14 December 2011, they have made 53.69. The first day it was 7.06. I think that must have been because people were trying them out. Now it averages 1.06 a day. Sometimes it's down to zero. Today it looks like being 2.49.

All those figures are before tax is deducted.

I would like the site to be financially sustainable. Up to now the cost of the hosting for this site is covered by The Positive Internet, who have been supporting us since we launched. The hosting is 125 + VAT.

If we carry on at the rate we are going we should have enough to cover those costs and the domain registration (currently being paid out of a prize won by North Mymms Parish Council).  If it looks like we are going to earn too much then we can remove a few and replace them with the free local community ads that we have running on the front page or leave them there and make a donation of any profit to a local charity.

Below is a screen grab of the earnings page.

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on February 03, 2012, 05:47:13 pm
By the way, thanks for reminding me about this. I just noticed that the ads had dropped off the forum, probably since the last upgrade a month ago.   :-\
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Bob Horrocks on February 06, 2012, 12:11:42 pm
If we carry on at the rate we are going we should have enough to cover those costs and the domain registration (currently being paid out of a prize won by North Mymms Parish Council). 

Sorry for being a bit pedantic but the domain registration renewal fee of 100 + VAT for 5 years was originally funded by the Parish Council using prize money received under the ICT category in the CPRE Village of the Year competition.  The renewal fee paid last year was part of the 4,500 budget for grants to local organisations.  The 2011/12 grants have been agreed and the cheques should be issued this month.
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on February 06, 2012, 01:44:39 pm
The renewal fee paid last year was part of the 4,500 budget for grants to local organisations.  The 2011/12 grants have been agreed and the cheques should be issued this month.

Hi Bob, thanks for clarifying.

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on February 20, 2012, 04:07:01 pm
Regarding the revenue from Google Ads earned through this site (and another site I run), anything left over after costs will go towards micro financing schemes for individuals in the developing world striving for financial self-sustainability. I am looking at two initiatives, Lend With Care (http://www.lendwithcare.org/) and, perhaps, Kiva (http://www.kiva.org/). The idea is that you give loans that they have to pay back once they are in the black. You then have the option of leaving the money in the pot for others.

 :)
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on March 15, 2012, 06:16:35 pm
Thanks to the forum user who reported an objectionable advert on the site served by Google. I have now blocked the url of the company. If anyone else sees and ad they don't feel is appropriate to this site please mail me and let me know. You can use the contact form from the site http://www.brookmans.com/contact.php (http://www.brookmans.com/contact.php) or send me a personal message via the forum.  Once an ad is blocked it can take some time for the block to work. 

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on March 29, 2012, 10:58:17 am
Update on the use of the revenue from the Google adverts on this site.

Any profits from this site (and another site I run) after costs are deducted will be put into two micro finance schemes to help people in the developing world build sustainable businesses.

The two schemes I am looking at are Kiva (http://www.kiva.org/ (http://www.kiva.org/)) and Lend With Care (http://www.lendwithcare.org/ (http://www.lendwithcare.org/)).

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on June 12, 2012, 06:07:40 pm
There are two great initiatives for supporting small businesses in developing countries (there are probably loads more so please post links if you find any).

One is Kiva http://www.kiva.org/ (http://www.kiva.org/) and the other is Lend With Care http://www.lendwithcare.org/ (http://www.lendwithcare.org/)

In both cases the businesses are checked out to ensure they are genuine, you loan some money (which you get back when repaid or leave in for another business) and you can watch the business grow.

Worth considering if you have a few spare pounds. All the money goes to those who can use it.

Kiva let's you make a loan as an individual or join a group that is already contributing. You can even start your own group.  For example there is a group for Christians who want to club together and joint fund projects, and one for atheists and free-thinkers and any other religious or social group. So you can create a micro-financing campaign with like-minded chums.

The best thing is that it gives those accepting the loans the dignity of being able to pay them back and helps them towards financial sustainability.

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: PS on June 12, 2012, 06:23:13 pm
Lovely idea ..... however......

(1) be prepared NOT to expect anything back in return
(2) be expected to be harrassed for extra contributions

Sorry to sound so negative....but I have lived and worked in these third world places for too long to know that these schemes are simply not up to what they portray.

If you have a disposition that can resist future efforts to conjole you after extra money, then be it so....

And of course 'giving' money never works.....it kind of 'disappears' despite best efforts to ensure the businesses are genuine, by concerned do-gooders.

Best approach is....if it appeals to your 'philantrophic' constitution .......is to allocate an amount according to your affordability, and close all links. You will have done your bit, and the recipient [hopefully] will have received their contribution.   

Period.
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on June 12, 2012, 06:38:30 pm
Lovely idea ..... however......

(1) be prepared NOT to expect anything back in return
(2) be expected to be harrassed for extra contributions

Hi PS, I understand your concern, but with Kiva at least you can withdraw your loan once it has been repaid (or leave it in for someone else). You don't get bothered either. You opt in or out for updates. That's it.   So I understand your concerns, but with Kiva it's not an issue. I have yet to try the other.

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Conor on June 12, 2012, 10:59:40 pm
I have been using Kiva for about 4 months - have made 6 loans so far and all of them have been repaid. I think it's a fantastic idea and would encourage you if you are lucky enough to have some disposable income to get involved.

Conor
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on July 06, 2012, 09:56:49 pm
Thanks to the forum user who spotted an inappropriate Google ad on the site. The url has now been blocked. If anyone else spots an advert that they feel in not suitable for a family site, please send me an personal message via the forum or use the contact form (http://www.brookmans.com/contact.php) and I will take a look.

Thanks

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on July 08, 2012, 07:31:54 am
Thanks to those who mailed me to take advantage of making a free $25 micro-finance loan via Kiva (http://www.kiva.org/). I have mailed you your invites. Please remember to add your email address when using the contact us form (http://www.brookmans.com/contact.php) so that we can reply.

Quote
Note: The free trials are financed by existing Kiva contributors who pay in a bit more to enable new lender to make one $25 loan free of charge. These free trial loans are disbursed to borrowers in the same way other loans are disbursed on Kiva. However, since the sponsor is funding the free trial loan, any repayment funds from the free trial loan will go back to the sponsor, not to the free trial lender. New lenders invited during the promotion may choose to use their own funds to make a loan, in which case repayments will go back to the lender.  But if they just want to give the $25 they can.



Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: HAWC145 on July 08, 2012, 08:03:14 am
Does this mean that the site has made over $200. If so, Well done :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on November 04, 2012, 01:57:20 pm
Good news, some of the loans made (from the income generated from the Google ads on this site) and shared via Kiva (https://www.kiva.org/) to help finance small businesses in the developing world have been repaid. I have reinvested the money - and added some more from the ongoing income from our Google Adsense - to fund five more projects (all in Zimbabwe).  Below is our portfolio of loans currently being repaid.
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on November 16, 2012, 09:48:13 am
Kiva loans repaid - $125 to reinvest

I have just had notification from Kiva that another five of the $25 loans we have made to micro-finance schemes have been repaid.

The money invested comes from the income from the Google adverts running on this site and on another site I run for my media development work.

I now intend to reinvest the money in other schemes. If anyone sees a particular venture that they are interested in on the Kiva site please post here and I will look into it.  All suggestions welcome.

To look at the people who need help, please go to this page...

http://www.kiva.org/lend?sortBy=random  (http://www.kiva.org/lend?sortBy=random)

Click on a the name of a person asking for a loan. Copy the URL of the web page and post it here.

Thanks

David


Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on December 24, 2012, 08:53:02 am
Sorry, one more thing.  I have now set up a Kiva Team for The Brookmans Park Newsletter. I should have done it before. In future money loaned to Kiva from the income from this site will be associated with our team.  Anyone can join. Details here.

http://kiva.org/i/sDYL8rwn53e (http://kiva.org/i/sDYL8rwn53e)

(http://www.brookmans.com/kiva/kivateam.jpg) (http://kiva.org/i/sDYL8rwn53e)

When you visit the team you will see that there are no loans listed. That is because you can't associate loans already made. As I say, I should have done this earlier. Anyone living locally who is on Kiva and wants to join the team is welcome.  Or you can start your own team for your community group.

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on February 20, 2013, 05:36:41 pm
More Kiva loans - using the money made from the adverts running on the site - have been repaid. I have just reinvested in more Kiva projects. Since I set up the Brookmans Park Newsletter Kiva group I have linked four loans to our group. The money from this site has helped many more people, but those loans were made before I set up the group.  If anyone wants to join the Brookmans Park Newsletter Kiva group and make a loan please feel free to do so.

http://www.kiva.org/invitedto/brookmans_park_newsletter/by/helpingmedia (http://www.kiva.org/invitedto/brookmans_park_newsletter/by/helpingmedia)
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on March 05, 2013, 08:55:51 am
Kiva update - another loan made.

Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on May 08, 2013, 09:02:03 am
Do you want a $25 voucher to invest in helping small businesses in the developing world? I have a few available.

As many forum users will know, the money from the Google Adverts running on this site goes to Kiva - which offers loans to try to alleviate poverty. Almost $60 has just been repaid from existing loans.  I have reinvested that money - along with the income from last month's adverts - in three more businesses. This time they are all in Vietnam.

* One loan will be used to buy a boat for a sand transport service. http://www.kiva.org/lend/556360 (http://www.kiva.org/lend/556360)
* Another to buy chicks to raise and sell. http://www.kiva.org/lend/556370 (http://www.kiva.org/lend/556370)
* And the third for a group to buy bread and poultry to resell. http://www.kiva.org/lend/556430 (http://www.kiva.org/lend/556430)

We now have $200 tied up in loans associated with a Brookmans Park Newsletter group on Kiva (although the real amount of money invested is far more because I only set the group up last year). 

If anyone would like to invest in Kiva I now have a number of $25 voucher to invest in a small business in the developing world.  If anyone wants a voucher, please send me a personal message with your email address and I will send you the voucher.

If anyone wants to join the Brookmans Park Newsletter group on Kiva the address is http://www.kiva.org/team/brookmans_park_newsletter (http://www.kiva.org/team/brookmans_park_newsletter)
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on May 18, 2013, 03:55:04 pm
We have just received a repayment of $25 from Kiva. This is the money made from the Google adverts displayed on the site. So far we have more than $700 tied up in loans. If anyone has any preference about where the money should be invested please let me know via personal message or posting here.  You can search here.  http://www.kiva.org/lend (http://www.kiva.org/lend). Below is info on just one of our loans being paid back. The $25 we have to reinvest is from several loans being repaid on time.
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on June 17, 2013, 06:27:38 am
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on June 17, 2013, 09:19:12 pm
Great news, just had an email from Kiva saying that we have received repayments on 13 of our loans. It amounts to $29.10, which I have now reinvested in a group from  Brazzaville, Congo, who are raising money to help pay for rice, canned goods, and oil. http://www.kiva.org/lend/567689 (http://www.kiva.org/lend/567689).

Below is the repayment notification and the receipt for the new investment.
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on June 28, 2013, 08:36:15 pm
This site has now invested more than $1,000 in loans to support small business ventures in the developing (majority) world. All the money has been generated by the Google adverts running on this site and immediately transferred to needy causes via Kiva. Here is an update on the latest loans made.


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Post by: Editor on August 12, 2013, 06:15:06 pm
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Post by: Editor on October 27, 2013, 09:03:13 pm
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Post by: Editor on May 09, 2014, 08:44:23 pm
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on May 31, 2014, 09:27:01 am
We have another $150 to invest in micro finance loans to help alleviate poverty. Has anyone got any suggestions of which parts of the world I should invest the money? Suggestions welcome. Go to Kiva to check the needs. You can select the region or category when deciding. http://www.kiva.org/lend
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Bedlam on June 02, 2014, 08:14:06 pm
We have another $150 to invest in micro finance loans to help alleviate poverty. Has anyone got any suggestions of which parts of the world I should invest the money?

The UK.
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on June 03, 2014, 07:49:43 am
We have another $150 to invest in micro finance loans to help alleviate poverty. Has anyone got any suggestions of which parts of the world I should invest the money?

The UK.

Good thought, and needed, too, especially in this current economic climate. However I'd like to invest the money in microfinance projects. The two big organisations, Kiva (http://www.kiva.org/) and Lend With Care (http://www.lendwithcare.org) don't cover the UK. I have searched for similar projects at home but drew a blank. If you know of any please let me know. In the meantime, below is a screen grab of the countries covered  by Kiva.

David
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on June 19, 2014, 07:52:33 pm
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Post by: Editor on July 07, 2014, 10:14:04 pm
It's nice to see that out of the 69 loans this site has made to try to alleviate poverty through Kiva (http://www.kiva.org), 33 have paid the money back and many more are well on the way to doing so.

http://www.kiva.org/team/brookmans_park_newsletter/loans (http://www.kiva.org/team/brookmans_park_newsletter/loans)

A few featured below in a screen grab.
Title: Re: Income from this site's adverts used for micro-financing projects
Post by: Editor on July 18, 2014, 08:12:28 pm
This evening The Brookmans Park Newsletter's loans via Kiva (http://www.kiva.org) topped the $3,000 mark. The money, which comes from the Google adverts running on this site, is invested to try to help alleviate poverty in the developing world. We are currently supporting 121 small businesses in 31 countries.