Archive | June, 2010

10 easy things you can do in just 29 minutes to help UnitedProsperity.org win

29 Jun

United Prosperity is competing in the Chase Community Giving Challenge. Individuals signed up on facebook vote for their favorite charities.  Chase will give the winning charity $250,000, the next 4 will get $100,000 and the next 195 will get $20,000.

You can do 10 easy things in just 29 minutes to help us win.

1. Read this blog – 3 minutes.

2. Vote for United Prosperity: http://bit.ly/b3OxAp – 1 minute.

3. Share with your friends on Facebook, Linkedin and twitter –3 minutes

4. Join the event ‘Chase For Giving – VOTE for United Prosperity’: http://bit.ly/aNfRph

Mark your status as ‘Attending’ – 1 minute.

5. Invite people to come for the event. Invite at least 10 friends – 2 minutes.

6. See if any of your friends are online on facebook chat or yahoo messenger or MSN messenger or google chat. A few are normally online.

Post a quick message for all your friends who are either online or away or have idle status.

“Hi .. Please join this event http://bit.ly/aNfRph and vote for United Prosperity. I just voted.”–5 minutes.

7. Compose an email for your friends and family asking them to vote for United Prosperity. The draft can be taken from the event page: http://bit.ly/aNfRph – 2 minutes.

8. Select people from your address book. Make sure that your family is copied. They will be proud. Finally send the email – 5 minutes.

9. Many of your friends whom you contacted through chat in step 6 would have replied by now. Most would say ‘Sure’ or ‘I did’ or ‘I voted’. Thank them and give them the link to this blog.

“Thanks a ton. Check this out: http://bit.ly/ax9K1N “– 2 minutes.

10. Relax, breathe deeply and enjoy the rush of feel good emotions– 5 minutes.

If at any time till July 12th, you want another rush of the feel good emotions then repeat steps 5 to 10. This time you will need just 21 minutes.

Celebrating our first anniversary

10 Jun

On May 28th, 2010 we celebrated our first anniversary since launch of operations. It has been an eventful year.

When we started last year we did not know from where our support would come from. And a year down the line, we know the answer. It came from all over the world. We have guarantors from the US and Canada, Europe – UK, Norway, Germany, France, Luxembourg and many more countries, Asia – India, Singapore, Philippines; Australia and New Zealand. Thank you all for helping us get here.

We have also been extremely fortunate to have several in-kind supporters, team members, mentors, advisers, interns and volunteers. Everyone has believed in the cause and stood by us through this journey.

And the results are there for everyone to see. We made more than $165,000 in loans available and thereby empowered more than 850 entrepreneurs to earn their livelihood and better their lives with dignity.

The difference we are making to the lives of so many poor families has been very satisfying. The local relationships and communities we are building will make our work self-sustaining. A year back, Ajiwika was finding it difficult to get loans from banks especially since the financial crisis had made banks extremely conservative. With the support of the guarantee, a bank in India stepped up and made a loan to Ajiwika. Thereby Ajiwika gained the trust and credibility with the banking community. Since then, five other banks have made loans to Ajiwika. This clearly reflects the power of our guarantee-loan-impact model.

We have two big goals for the second year. First we want more people to know about us and get involved with UnitedProsperity.org. We need the help of the guarantor community here. As an existing guarantor your word carries additional credibility, so please continue to encourage your friends, colleagues and family to join you in supporting poor entrepreneurs and building self sustaining communities. Second, we have to build our internal capacity to execute by raising funds for operations and hiring staff.

Once we accomplish these two goals, then I think we will be on our way to realize the full potential of UnitedProsperity.org, to help the poorest families earn their livelihoods with dignity and build self- sufficient communities. Thank you all for your continued support.