I Made My First Kiva Loan to an American Entrepreneur Today

Today I used Kiva.org to loan $25.00 to Elizabeth, a beauty salon owner in Queens, New York who needs $6,000 to purchase new chairs, hair dryers, and other items for her salon. This is the fourth loan I've made to an entrepreneur using Kiva, but the first one to an entrepreneur in the United States. ...more
In the event the small business owner you could have helped makes sense again the bank loan, ...more

A Kiva.org for Native American Entrepreneurs?

"Our tribal colleges and universities teach sustainability in everything they do, proving American Indians have long been ahead of the curve. This is what we call 'Thinking Indian.' As our nation grapples with its problems, American Indians are uniquely situated to lead with finding solutions." -- Rick Williams, President & CEO of the American Indian College Fund on his blog, In a Good Way. ...more

Hi Blindedbyblonde,

The quote at the top, '"Our tribal colleges and universities ...more

Making Microloans work, or Rethinking my Kiva loan

The New Yorker has a fascinating article about the limits of microloans -- you know, the small loans that usually go to budding entrepreneurs in developing countries. Or perhaps familiarly, the kind of loans promoted by Kiva, which I wrote glowingly about here. ...more
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