View Full Version : Ukulele Players United to Decrease World Suck!

12-10-2009, 06:30 AM
I've started a team on Kiva called,
"Ukulele Players United to Decrease World Suck" . Please check it out and join if you are interested.


12-10-2009, 06:41 AM
I'm on board. :D

12-10-2009, 06:41 AM
i've started a team on kiva called,
"ukulele players united to decrease world suck" . Please check it out and join if you are interested.


upudws !

12-10-2009, 06:42 AM
Awesome and awesome!

12-10-2009, 06:43 AM
hmm, interesting.

12-10-2009, 06:44 AM
Great idea. I'm with you!

12-10-2009, 06:49 AM
There is now less suck in the world!

12-10-2009, 07:23 AM
Alright Team members,
Have a look thru the entrepreneurs and suggest some people to donate to, then we'll decide on one and help them out with a loan.

12-10-2009, 07:23 AM
I'm signed up. Thanks, Hoosierhiver. It's a really cool program.

12-10-2009, 09:07 AM
I'm in!!!! :D

Uke Republic
12-10-2009, 12:25 PM
World suck, Dyson?

12-10-2009, 12:44 PM
I'm in!


12-10-2009, 12:52 PM

12-11-2009, 04:37 AM
Another candidate for consideration.


12-11-2009, 06:06 AM
Because you are all awesome.


12-11-2009, 06:08 AM
Because you are all awesome.


That's super generous. Great way to get more people involved :)

12-11-2009, 06:11 AM
Have we decided who we are loaning to?

Your contest will have a greater impact if we all loan to the same person

12-11-2009, 06:14 AM
Have we decided who we are loaning to?

Your contest will have a greater impact if we all loan to the same person

Not yet, maybe we should gather a few more suggestions and choose somebody next week.

12-11-2009, 06:15 AM
Have we decided who we are loaning to?

Your contest will have a greater impact if we all loan to the same personI think a loan can make a difference to anyone no matter what amount it is.

12-11-2009, 07:36 AM
Just signed up!

I am going to lend some cash to these folks.... (http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesses&action=about&id=160203&_tpos=3&_tpg=1)

They only need $875 more....& I will know that I helped the family & increased the amount of music being played/listened to in Cambodia! Woot!

12-11-2009, 09:16 AM
i'm in HH....

12-11-2009, 09:39 AM
I found a woman in Honduras to lend to. This is a great cause Mike.

12-11-2009, 09:43 AM
I'm in.. not sure how much I'll be able to donate.. but I'm defiantly for less suckage...

12-11-2009, 09:49 AM
I found a woman in Honduras to lend to. This is a great cause Mike.

I gave her a loan too. Roadtrip to see our investment?

GREAT idea Mike.

12-11-2009, 10:45 AM
I gave her a loan too. Roadtrip to see our investment?

Me too. (I have fond memories of honeymooning in Honduras.)

If you plan a road trip there, count me in! ;)

12-11-2009, 04:38 PM
Cool cause, I am in! I was unemployed up until the last few weeks so I can appreciate the fact that we ALL need some help sometimes. Really cool of you to bring attention to this cause and I hope a lot of folks from UU help out, happy holidays to you all!!

12-12-2009, 02:23 AM
I'm in Mike. Thanks for the opportunity to help the world suck less!

12-12-2009, 05:40 AM
Just signed up!

I am going to lend some cash to these folks.... (http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesses&action=about&id=160203&_tpos=3&_tpg=1)

They only need $875 more....& I will know that I helped the family & increased the amount of music being played/listened to in Cambodia! Woot!

I also made my loan already to these folks (their business is to rent out musical equipment) - maybe now they can afford to get some UKES to rent out to people... :rock:

12-12-2009, 09:54 AM
I'm in, will hold off on donation pending discussion here.

12-13-2009, 06:15 AM
Looks like several of the entrepreneurs that have been already chosen have by UPUTDWS members have already accomplished their request for assistance and are on their way.
I'm leaning towards everyone picking whomever appeals to them the most. There are alot of great candidates out there and also several folks that UPUTDWS members have already helped by aren't to their goal yet. I pulled the trigger yesterday for a family raising ducks in Cambodia.

12-14-2009, 06:43 AM
thanks mike, i'm in too.
i picked somebody for a loan already.

i also posted your video in the german uke forum
as you can see here:

Susie A
12-14-2009, 07:01 AM
Mike .. great idea! I made my loan and joined your group.

12-14-2009, 07:23 AM
I just loaned to this lady in Ghana:

I've been to Ghana, and life is tough for women there.

12-14-2009, 10:26 AM
We should get a facebook group started for this. I would love to help.

12-14-2009, 12:09 PM
We should get a facebook group started for this. I would love to help.

Great idea! Go for it!

12-15-2009, 12:47 AM
I'm in with a loan to Par Sokkhom (https://www.kiva.org/thanks?tx=4PR50012EM8987633&st=Completed&amt=60.00&cc=USD&cm=6192527_SEPARATOR_613646&item_number=).

12-15-2009, 05:29 AM
I made a loan to Rodolio (http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesses&action=about&id=161649)

12-15-2009, 12:02 PM
Great idea Mike! Thanks for bringing it to our attention. I joined the UU Kiva group, and because I couldn't pick just one borrower, I lent to a few. I have a friend who represents investors involved with microfinancing on a large scale. It's great that us regular people can get involved too. Thanks again!

12-15-2009, 03:21 PM
UPUTDWS has lent nearly $1000 already! You guys are great!

12-16-2009, 12:55 AM
We're now over $1000!

12-16-2009, 01:32 AM

Imagine if we all put off the next uke purchase and donated the money....

12-16-2009, 06:43 PM
Loan Made! I went through the loans that this group has made - tons of them have now met their goals!

Mike, this is one of the coolest things ever! Thanks!

12-17-2009, 04:04 AM
I'm really giddy about it! I was initially hoping that we could hit $1000 by New Years. Almost $1200 in loans already. You guys are the best!

This might have to be a seasonal endeavor, with a different cause a few times each year. Several folks have mentioned the Heffer Project. Maybe we will do something with them in the spring.

12-21-2009, 12:35 PM

My wife discovered Kiva a couple of weeks ago and has loaned to over a dozen worthy folks all over the world. One look at her loaning and listening to her excitement about how Kiva operates and I'm sold on this. The fact that you are generously sweetening with a uke is generosity indeed!

You are doing great work here. I'm joining Kiva and the group shortly.


12-22-2009, 09:54 AM
50 members and over $1500 raised so far!

12-25-2009, 03:36 AM
I've taken the liberty of creating a UPUDWS group on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=252720516899&ref=nf

01-10-2010, 07:45 AM
I'm late to this, but don't care about the contest. I say we just keep it going as we all have the funds.


I just signed up and decreased World Suck by funding the WARA GROUP. (http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesses&action=about&id=165589)

01-15-2010, 10:01 AM
This from Kiva: (http://www.kiva.org/about/inside/2010/01/13/earthquake-in-haiti-update-on-kiva.html)

Kiva currently supports borrowers in Haiti through our field partner, Esperanza International. Esperanza is based in the Dominican Republic, but has an office and provides loans in Haiti. About 1/3 of the loans Esperanza posts to Kiva are for borrowers in Haiti. In addition, a large percentage of the loans posted from the Dominican Republic are of Haitian migrants who still have family in Haiti. Esperanza has told us that as of now, Esperanza staff are safe though they have several employees with family in Port-au-Prince who have not been able to contact their families and are very concerned. Esperanza’s clients are located in the North, while the earthquake struck the capital in the south. Most of their clients live close to their offices in the north. However, many of them have businesses that require them to travel to and from Port-au-Prince to buy merchandise to sell in the main markets. Their businesses may have been affected and it is possible that some of them may have been in Port-au-Prince at the time and been injured.

It is impossible for Esperanza to give us any exact figures at this time as information is only slowly trickling out of Haiti. As Kiva learns more about the effect of the earthquake on Esperanza and their Kiva borrowers we will update lenders.

03-08-2010, 03:08 PM
Thanks for the heads up on this.
The competition is long finished but Uke players helping to end suck lives on.
I've invested in Doumouh (http://www.kiva.org/lend/182875).

04-10-2010, 01:40 AM
Our team made its 100th loan yesterday! We now have 65 members averaging 1.5 loans each; we've loaned $2,575 so far.

04-10-2010, 03:45 AM
I was just thinking about this yesterday. I have not joined yet but have some extra $$ coming to me soon, so I might be making some loans.

04-11-2010, 07:46 AM
Might be time for another contest.

10-07-2010, 03:26 AM
I've gotten enough of my first two loans paid back to re-invest... so I've just made loan #3, to a women's group in Paraguay.

10-07-2010, 04:56 AM
I recently reloaned too. I've got to get another raffle going. If anyone else wants to raffle a uke thru UPUTDWS be my guest.

10-07-2010, 05:01 AM
I'm almost to a SECOND reloan - just a couple more dollars to go!

10-07-2010, 06:15 AM
$19 of the original $25 paid back

10-07-2010, 07:19 AM
Like Jon my first loan is about paid off. This is a really cool thing to do. Thanks, Mike.

12-05-2010, 07:36 AM
Another Kiva raffle!
Make a loan and get a chance to win a Mainland mahogany tenor cut-away with slotted headstock. Ends Jan 15th.


Register here. http://www.kiva.org/team/ukulele_players_united_to_decrease_world_suck#team BBoard

12-06-2010, 08:09 AM
Excellent! I'd love to win that uke... but just the fact that someone will win it, and it will inspire new loans to be made, makes me happy.

12-06-2010, 09:53 AM
Just made my FIFTH loan! I was able to reloan all but $6.25...so I added that to the account and loaned it ALL back out! This is the coolest thing - once the loans get rolling they pay back faster and faster and you get to reloan faster and faster!

12-13-2010, 12:52 PM
102 members!

12-13-2010, 06:17 PM
Proud to be one of them!

12-21-2010, 03:48 AM
Uke Hunt put this on today's email and I wasn't aware that schemes like this existed. I was happy to make a loan and join UPUTDWS!

12-21-2010, 03:53 AM
Hoosierhiver, it is very, very cool you got this all rolling! It will be interesting to see the stats next year at this time.

12-29-2010, 04:03 PM
$7500 in loans! Awesome team!

12-29-2010, 06:50 PM
I really appreciate you bringing this to our attention. I have told many people about it and know that some have contributed.

03-10-2011, 06:08 AM
Weekly Uke Raffles! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FirCaUOdUiI

03-14-2011, 06:12 AM
Who's going to put us over the $10,000 mark this week?

03-14-2011, 10:45 AM
Hmm I thought I'd replied to this thread, either it has disappeared or most likely I forgot to click 'submit'. I do that.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention and pushing this along. I signed up and made my first loan on the weekend. It's a great concept and it is made so easy for the lenders.

Decrease World Suck, what a worthy goal. I'm in.

03-21-2011, 06:37 AM
This weeks winners!


03-21-2011, 06:44 AM
Cool idea Mike. Thanks!

03-26-2011, 05:59 PM
Huh? Dunno what's happened but there is a 3 month gap between post 66/67 and my posts are missing! anyway -
Thanks Mike - all joined up - making another loan today :D

GREAT Idea :D :D

03-29-2011, 05:26 PM
Great idea Mike.
I'm in. Made a loan to some folks in Peru.

GO Ukulele Players United to Decrease World Suck!

04-01-2011, 07:11 AM
This week's winners!

Doug W
07-24-2011, 08:18 AM
My KIVA person just paid back her loan in full - Nice job! I recirculated the loan.

07-24-2011, 10:20 AM
just made another couple

07-24-2011, 11:00 AM
Yay! Mine's started paying it back. Will make another loan with it.

02-21-2012, 05:45 AM
T-shirts coming soon!

02-21-2012, 09:17 AM
Just made this loan today!


03-01-2012, 12:24 AM
Considering making this a real non for profit org, anybody know about that stuff? I want to have some new projects, but don't want to pay taxes on money collected to be given away.

03-01-2012, 12:35 AM
Hey Mike, there is a Easy to read step by step book (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/0764599097/bge-20) on how to start a 501 (c)3.

08-09-2012, 04:50 AM
Very cool T-shirts coming soon! designed by Captain Lovehandles, I'll try to post the design.

11-30-2012, 07:26 AM

11-30-2012, 03:33 PM
Somehow neither Mike nor I ever caught that the guy in the middle was holding a six stringer. I have no idea how that happened. It's fixed now.

11-30-2012, 04:06 PM

How do we get those shirts, Mike?

As an aside for lazy/crafty holiday shoppers (like me!): Kiva gift cards are awesome. My niece and nephews we fired up last year to get involved.

11-30-2012, 05:38 PM
Yay! Can't wait to get this!

12-01-2012, 07:47 AM
I just had a few samples made up of different colors, I should have them early next week. We will offer them for sale on the Mainland site and if it doesn't make the shirt too expensive I'd like to put $5 from each shirt into the UPUTDWS group for further Kiva loans or other projects.

12-05-2012, 06:12 AM
We now have a Heifer team too.
If you are not familiar with the group check it out.

12-05-2012, 06:33 AM
Oh, I'd like that shirt. I'm up to 21 kiva loans, I think.

11-04-2013, 05:23 AM
T-shirts available,

11-17-2013, 04:40 AM
Groupon has a buy one get one deal going on right now. First loan is normal, the 2nd one is the same as the promotional ones you get when you refer someone.