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Happy fifth birthday, Libro!

01 Aug

Libro birthday cartoonI started working for myself (very much part time) in August 2009 – so now it’s Libro’s fifth birthday!

What am I doing to celebrate? Well …

I’m having a little party today over on the Libro Facebook page … including a draw to win a free Kiva loan

I’m making some loans to Kiva (see below) and donating one to someone else

I’m celebrating the relaunch of my two main business books, with their new titles and covers …

… And I’m launching my new website devoted entirely to the books I write, where people can find info, links, reviews and news in one place

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating Libro’s birthday by popping over to say hello on the Facebook page or by doing a Kiva loan yourselves.

Happy Birthday to me!

Quick update: the Kiva competition in now CLOSED. Alison Mead won the free loan and was sent a voucher. I started new loans to a man selling spare parts in Benin, a travelling salesman in Paraguay and a food stall in Bolivia. These were all people who friends of mine had already lent to.

Kiva is an organisation that facilitates loans to small businesses around the world, who traditionally find it hard to raise capital. You commit from $25 upwards, and you can choose by gender, country, industry sector and individuals within those areas. They then pay the loan back to you in small increments – you get an update email on repayments once a month and sometimes updates on the individual or group you’ve loaned to, if the organisation handling the loan provides them. Once the money’s paid back, you can reinvest it or withdraw it if you want to. I love helping people to help themselves in this way; it feels like I’m helping to make a difference to another small business somewhere far away from me.

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2014 in Business, Celebration, Ebooks

 

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19 responses to “Happy fifth birthday, Libro!

  1. kaggsysbookishramblings

    August 1, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Happy birthday Libro and Liz – and well done!

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  2. heavenali

    August 1, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Well done. What a brilliant achievement.

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    • Liz at Libro

      August 1, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Thank you – can’t believe it’s been five years since those first little jobs!

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  3. Sparrowgrass

    August 1, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Happy Birthday! Can’t believe it’s half a decade already!

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    • Liz at Libro

      August 1, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      Oof, sounds scary when you put it like that! Thanks for being an excellent deskmate during the first two years I was doing it half-and-half!

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  4. kokedit

    August 1, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Five years already? And at the same time, you’re such a pro that it seems as if you’ve been in business forever. Congrats!

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    • Liz at Libro

      August 1, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you – and thank you for being an inspiration to me!

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  5. kokedit

    August 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    You’re very welcome, Liz. And *you* inspire me too.

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  6. Kate Millin

    August 1, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Happy birthday Libroediting- 5 years is a great achievement, congratulations

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  7. fgsbiz

    August 1, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Happy birthday Libro…

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  8. SiliconBullet

    August 3, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Yay thanks very much. I shall enjoy choosing who to Loan the money to x

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