Mentorship and flexible financing are two critical resources too-often missing for small businesses. If more business owners have access to the right advice and needed funds, it creates a ripple effect of local commerce, hiring, and prosperity.
After four months and 18 Kiva ZIp borrowers in D.C., I'm happy to finally be "out there" in Kenya. But my experience in stateside micro-lending has proven to me that even in the land of opportunity, small business owners can use a helping hand.
What if your next T-shirt could provide joy and financial support to an individual with special needs? What if that same T-shirt could inspire confidence and a sense of accomplishment for an adult worker with special needs?
While the national unemployment rate (population 18 and over) hovers at 7.5 percent, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans (Gulf War Era II or Post-9/11 veterans) face a higher rate of unemployment at 10.8 percent.
Today, skip the Starbucks coffee (it's burnt anyway) and put your dollars towards a cause that you believe in -- because to impart real, meaningful change in the world, people will need to believe that the underlying causes of poverty are solvable. I do.
Ever since I started with Kiva Zip in the U.S. my sixth sense seems to have awakened. I see entrepreneurs... everywhere! I think my understanding of what an entrepreneur was had until now been quite limited.
Like going through CS Lewis' wardrobe to Narnia or over the rainbow to Oz, last week's Opportunity Collaboration, which was focused on alleviating global poverty, required an adjustment to the juxtapositions of a new realm.
After three and a half days of being around world leaders, past presidents, international business power houses, Nobel Peace Prize winners and of course my inspirational peers, it is hard to put into words what this experience gave me.