The Choro Music Project Turns 100

by Tom on June 3, 2014

When I first embarked on the Choro Music Project (CMP) over two and a half years ago, I was taking a small step by “playing it forward”, as I called it in that first blog post. With a portion of the profits from my recent Brazilian music gigs, I invested $25 in a Kiva microloan to help a women’s cooperative bank in Paraguay. Since then, that loan has been repaid. I have re-invested that $25, and other funds from my music activities. Other loans continue to be repaid–mostly on time–and every penny is revolved back into the CMP for deployment. The “snowball” effect, if you will.

100 Sole Note

With our last loan to the Namasmitane Group for home solar power on the island nation of Vanuatu, the Choro Music Project has hit the century mark. 100 loans to 100 businesses in need. We have funded in loans in 70 of the 75 countries where Kiva operates. The CMP sits at about $750 in loans deployed. Our goal is to lend worldwide in each and every Kiva nation, and we’re nearly there. You can see our list of countries and other stats here.

It’s hard to comprehend how many lives and businesses have been improved through the work of the CMP. I’d like to go back through the portfolio, look at the faces of those we’ve helped, re-read their stories.

Two and a half years is a long time, and a lot has happened in my life over that period. I am proud of what we’ve accomplished so far. But there’s still more work to be done.

Obrigado!

– Tom

Photo courtesy of Ryan McFarland.

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