[Owasp-leaders] Team OWASP on Kiva

dinis cruz dinis.cruz at owasp.org
Wed Nov 25 06:26:41 EST 2009

Thanks Gunnar for pushing this Kiva initiative (Just joined and made my
first loan)

This is a great example of the kind of 'lateral' good action that OWASP as a
community can do :)

I wonder if Kiva could be used to provide financial help to 'future app sec
specialists' or 'new app sec companies' who need some seed money to
kick-start (or complete) their efforts?

I think it would make it much more relevant to the OWASP community if the
loans we did were related to WebAppSec


2009/11/24 Gunnar Peterson <gunnar at arctecgroup.net>

> Fyi, there is a Team OWASP on Kiva (*), it was started by James
> McGovern. There are currently 23 members, and the team has made over
> $7,800 worth of microloans.
> http://www.kiva.org/community/viewTeam/?team_id=522
> -gunnar
> * You can go to Kiva's website and lend to someone across the globe
> who needs a loan for their business - like raising goats, selling
> vegetables at market or making bricks. Each loan has a picture of the
> entrepreneur, a description of their business and how they plan to use
> the loan so you know exactly how your money is being spent - and you
> get updates letting you know how the entrepreneur is going.
> The best part is, when the entrepreneur pays back their loan you get
> your money back - and Kiva's loans are managed by microfinance
> institutions on the ground who have a lot of experience doing this, so
> you can trust that your money is being handled responsibly
>  ---------------------------------------------------------
> What others are saying about www.Kiva.org:
>  'Revolutionising how donors and lenders in the US are connecting
> with small entrepreneurs in developing countries.' -- BBC
>  'If you've got 25 bucks, a PC and a PayPal account, you've now got
> the wherewithal to be an international financier.' -- CNN Money
>  'Smaller investors can make loans of as little as $25 to specific
> individual entrepreneurs through a service launched last fall by
> Kiva.org.' -- The Wall Street Journal
>  'An inexpensive feel-good investment opportunity...All loaned funds
> go directly to the applicants, and most loans are repaid in full.' --
> Entrepreneur Magazine
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Dinis Cruz

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