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How Kiva Works

How Kiva Works
Watch Kiva work through the story of Pedro, a farmer who receives a Kiva loan and transforms his life. How to Use Kiva 1Choose a borrower Read through hundreds of borrower stories of people looking for loans to grow businesses, go to school, switch to clean energy and more. Find someone who connects with you. More >> 2Make a loan Click 'Lend' to make a loan to the borrower of your choice. 3Get repaid Get updates as the borrowers you support succeed and repay their loans. 4Repeat! When borrowers repay, you can use that money to empower another person by supporting a new loan!

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Microfinance Publication The 2009 MFI Benchmarks are based on the most recent data from microfinance institutions throughout the developing world. This data set includes information from more than 1000 MFIs reaching over 85% of known microfinance borrowers. MIX produces benchmarks and trends reports covering the microfinance markets in the developing world, using the most recent financial and performance data available.

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Media, Communications and Foresight Media, Communications and Foresight Jan Lee Martin Award June 17th, 2014 | by admin | published in Jan Lee Martin Award Winners, Media, Communications and Foresight | Leave A Comment » The Journal of Futures Studies offers the Jan Lee Martin Award. Two awards is given annually for the best article and essay that most effectively communicates the future (emerging issues, scenarios, visions, for example) and futures studies. The award honors Jan Lee Martin and her desire for futures studies to more effectively communicate visions, warnings […]

How to succeed in Silicon Valley without really trying (at all) The narcissism and exclusiveness of the tech world is well-documented, well, everywhere. Whether it’s a startup co-founder writing a manifesto about his hatred of the homeless and of girls who “are obviously 4’s but behave like they’re 9’s” or a plush bus system in San Francisco only available to the tech elite, we as a group may not be the most sympathetic. This obliviousness also extends to our expectation that you know everything about the happenings of the tech scene, whether you work in it or not. So how can you make someone like my often tech-challenged father sound like he knows what he’s talking about in an industry conversation without actually having to care at all? You just need some canned, knowing responses to common subjects to turn into a tech-savvy version of Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday and shield you from the eye-rolls and smirks of the worst of us.

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Investments Have Impacted Over 100 Million Lives Our companies have improved the lives of more than 100 million people around the world, have created or supported tens of thousands of jobs providing income and skills training in the markets we serve, and are beginning to show what is possible in solving the world’s most intractable problems. Every investment we make has the goal of creating outsized social impact. The headlines are too familiar: billions of people without access to clean drinking water, a safe place to live, high quality healthcare, or reliable and affordable electricity to enhance productivity. Billions. We bring patient capital to solve some of the world’s toughest problems head-on, and our most important scorecard is impact.

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Microfinance in Tanzania Microfinance in Tanzania began with NGOs and SACCOs (Savings and Credit Cooperative Organizations) in 1995 and has continued to grow with the increased success of microfinance internationally. Microfinance is still a relatively new concept in Tanzania. Beginning in 1995, it was mainly linked to women and poverty alleviation.