I am bouncing-off-the-walls excited (the technical term) to announce that I will soon be a Kiva fellow!! I’ve never worked so hard to work for free. I think Kiva is an amazing organization, and I’m thrilled to be able to use my skills to give back.
For those who aren’t familiar with Kiva, their mission is “to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty”. They are a non-profit group that facilitates micro-loans, enabling individuals (like you!) to make small donations ($25+) online to entrepreneurs (largely women) in developing countries who might not otherwise have access to credit. This helps reduce poverty and increase economic opportunity (and empower women borrowers). Kiva includes personal stories for each borrower allowing donors to know who they are donating to and for what purpose. This personal connection is what I enjoy most about Kiva. When the loan is repaid, you can reloan that money to a new entrepreneur.
Kiva has made over $400,000,000 in loans, has a 98.98% repayment rate and a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator. If you haven’t donated to Kiva yet, I encourage you to give it a try!! www.kiva.org
As part of the fellowship, I will be going overseas in June (location TBD but likely Asia or Africa) for four months. My main responsibilities will be part business consultant, part storyteller. I’ll be working with local micro-lenders on business process and training and working with local borrowers to help tell their story.
Stay tuned as the adventure continues to unfold!