Author Scott M B Gustafson


Maison Orion donates 1% of our project fees to international entrepreneurs through Kiva, a microfinance organization. When our loans are repaid, I re-lend that money to other borrowers and continue the cycle of growth and opportunity. The minimum loan amount is $25 and to date I have focused on making a greater quantity of loans rather than larger contributions to individual borrowers. The total amount of deposits I’ve made is about $300, but the total amount lent is $775. That’s the power of multiplication. Today I received an update on the loans in our portfolio. See the information below.


Most of our loans were made to recipients overseas, the recently launched Kiva City Los Angeles program will allow us to help power the local small business economy as well.

I hope you will consider joining me to bring opportunity to willing individuals who need a little help from their friends.

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    Walking in the City

    According to urban planner Jeff Speck, designing cities for cars makes cities “crappy,” but making a city walkable is no easy task.
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    It could happen any time, tornado,

    earthquake, Armageddon. It could happen

    Or sunshine, love, salvation.

    It could, you know. That’s why we wake

    and look out—no guarantees in this life.

    But some bonuses, like morning,

    like right now,

    like noon,

    like evening.




    Wendell Berry




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