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Macro Impact Coming From Microloans in LA

John E. Kobara | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
John E. Kobara

I can't think of a better place to unleash this concept than in Los Angeles, where our future is being driven by small business entrepreneurs, especially immigrants. Los Angeles is a city of dreams. We have among the highest entrepreneurial activity in the country.

Kiva vs. Zidisha: Three Common Myths

Julia Kurnia | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Some time ago the President of Kiva, Premal Shah, posted a thoughtful response to my article Zidisha vs. Kiva Zip. (His comment was originally posted...

Milaap Adds Crowd Element to Sustainable Giving

Geoff Livingston | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Geoff Livingston

Like traditional giving, what matters most is the organizer (nonprofit or NGO) and actual benefactor. If you believe in both, then give. Everything else is gravy.

Responding to a Community: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.18.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Service. Sacrifice. Success.

K. Sujata | Posted 05.13.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Many veterans who return from active duty encounter a difficult transition to civilian life. They come back to a poor economy in which jobs are scarce. The WBDC discovered that there was only one program in the U.S. that provided women veterans with the tools they need to become successful entrepreneurs.

7 Ways to Give Back While You Travel

Adam Pervez | Posted 05.10.2014 | Travel
Adam Pervez

Traveling is one of life's biggest privileges. Adventures and experiences of a lifetime are ripe for the picking on all seven continents and people often ask me how they can give back while they travel. Here are some suggestions.

Bloat, Not Profiteering, Is Dragging Down Microfinance

Duko Hopman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Duko Hopman

Across East Africa, rural women can apply for credit from microfinance operations complete with tiled floors, teller windows, and managers wearing ties. This is a big problem.

The stuff heroes are made of

Julia Kurnia | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Here is a story that deserves to be shared. Sammy Kanja is a founding member of Zidisha's online microlending community in Kenya. He used his earl...

In Jordan, Women's Small Change Makes Big Change-- And A Step Toward The MDGs

Salam Kanaan | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Salam Kanaan

One by one, the women step forward and put coins or ragged bills in a metal dish. Most can't give more than one Jordanian dinar -- about $1.33. Even that dinar is a sacrifice, but the women do it because they know the power of saving together.

Analogue to Digital: Alternative Banking by Kenya's Poor

Yen To | Posted 09.05.2013 | Impact
Yen To

Kibera sits at the margin of Nairobi, a concentrated sight line of rusted corrugated roofs and bustling heaps of humanity pressed up against the immac...

Girls! Girls! Girls!

Yen To | Posted 08.18.2013 | Impact
Yen To

A woman's position within Kenyan society is quickly revealed on street level, in the boardroom and at home.

Luxury-Travel Writer Turns Paychecks Into Microloans

The Huffington Post | Lance Gould | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact

Bob Harris learned the handshake that gave him access to the super-secret clubhouse of the extremely wealthy. As a luxury-travel writer, it was his jo...

Helping Veterans Start Businesses

Kiva Zip | Posted 06.26.2013 | Business
Kiva Zip

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.

Cleveland Start-Up Seeing Green

Economic and Community Development Institute | Posted 04.22.2013 | Small Business
Economic and Community Development Institute

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Nothing exemplifies the spirit of entrepreneurs like a community cooperative project designed to employ more than 25 employee-owners within the first year. This is just what one Cleveland, Ohio based company has undertaken

Forget Microloans, Nonprofit Helps Women Microbarter To Avoid Debt

Posted 01.24.2013 | Impact

By Andri Antoniades, TakePart When most people think of philanthropy, they think of charity. But one nonprofit aimed at helping artisans in develop...

The Power Was Right Here All Along

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Jane D. Wurwand

Women have always been powerful. We are already powerful. And we don't need to be empowered, but merely connected with opportunity.

Bursting the Bubble: When 'Half the Sky' Abuses Itself

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 12.02.2012 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Let's shift the discourse away from 'women vs. women', which sounds like a tawdry Las Vegas boxing match, and move it towards a much deeper conversation about what we need to do to get more women in leadership positions in both the public and private sector and eradicate poverty.

Community Microloan Program Will Help Launch New Theater

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 11.09.2012 | Detroit

A theater focused on community outreach will be the first initiative to benefit from a new micro-funding program where individuals have the power to d...

The Power to Create Change Is in All Our Hands: Microloans for Students

Premal Shah | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Premal Shah

Not only will tuition loans funded by Kiva lenders foster promising new leaders and help to lift families and communities out of poverty, they will also provide a much needed "demonstration effect."

Microfinance Pioneer Grameen Bank Weakened by Bangladeshi Government Meddling

Eliot Daley | Posted 08.23.2012 | World
Eliot Daley

What can be done? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Dhaka in May to urge Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dipu Moni to take no actions that would undermine Grameen Bank.

Fight Poverty In Your Underwear!

Posted 09.25.2012 | Impact

One Texas woman wants you to be able to fight poverty before you even put any clothes on. When Tara Smith came home from volunteering with the Pea...

Microfinance in the Slums of Mumbai

Jessica Gage | Posted 08.21.2012 | Impact
Jessica Gage

The slum communities are densely packed, with winding paths that have no street names, let alone house numbers, and so although Nilesh has spent time in these neighborhoods, he must often rely on the local residents to be pointed in the direction of the next client.

Microfinance: Why Care About Institution Building?

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 09.06.2012 | Books
Elisabeth Rhyne

Rather than complaining that microloans aren't enough, those who support microfinance can work on figuring out how to use these great institutional resources to accomplish more.

Nate C. Hindman

LinkedIn Founder Puts His Fortune Up For Grabs Online

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 03.27.2012 | Small Business

Didn't get in on the LinkedIn IPO last year? Here's another way to get your hands on the proceeds: Sign up for Kiva, a Web site that lets people make ...

Creating a Cycle of Sustainable Change

Reid Hoffman | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Reid Hoffman

In Silicon Valley, we deploy technologies and networks to change the world. Can we deploy these techniques in an effort to break the worldwide cycle of poverty at a scale in the millions?