The Loan-A-Thon will take place during the 48 hour period from July 1st to July 2nd 2011 (Pacific Time... of course you're always welcome to celebrate in your own time zone). To participate in the Loan-A-Thon all you have to do is make a loan (preferably with new money you've added to Kiva specifically for the Loan-A-Thon... but recycled money is always welcome) during the specified time frame and, if you like, post to the team message board to let everyone know you've participated.
The July 1st Loan-a-Thon honors Muhammad Yunus the grandfather of micro-finance. We also celebrate the many independence movements peoples around the world have accomplished during the month of July throughout history.
Some team members make pledges in advance for how much new money they will be lending during the Loan-A-Thon to encourage others to follow their lead.
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