Today we’re meeting up with Jan Wiklund!!!
I come from Sweden but at the moment I’m living in a small town called Tavira in Portugal. I used to be in sales, paper & pulp manufacturing. I was also were a principal in an upper secondary school.
I retired and first moved to Malaysia about 10 to 15 years ago but then my kids had kids & the flight from Malaysia took so long that I started looking all over Europe for somewhere to move to and ended up in Portugal. I’ve been in Tavira now for about 5 years and I love it here!
I had enough of the Swedish winters!
I have no real hobbies…. I love going out for long strolls on the beaches. I still travel a lot so I’m not able to keep a pet.
My wife (who’s passed away now) was an English teacher in Russia and one of her pupils, Oksana Buran, told me about Kiva. It was roughly around 2012.
I prefer to lend to women. I make loans all over the world and I also support groups. I don’t have any real strategy but I look at their stories to see what they want to achieve and then I pick someone.
I have not been associating with a team, I’ve simply been lending direct. I didn’t really know about the team concept. But now that you’ve explained the team setup to me I’m going to do some research and I might join a team.
I usually wait for the Kiva reminder emails to tell me I have a balance in my account and then I lend that money out again.
I usually add money to my Kiva account whenever I can. I never take money out.
I’ve tried to promote Kiva as much as I can and I invite my friends to join. I’ve tried to support Kiva as much as I can.
Eventually…. why not?! It’s a matter of marketing & getting the word out.
Don’t sit on the sidelines. Get in the game! Join our team TODAY and start making a difference in the world. Be the change you want to see. Okay… that’s maybe one too many clichés!!! But, you get the message. It’s just $25 to make your first loan and it gets paid back! So, where’s the risk?!