Social Entrepreneurship​ 

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Loaning to refugees! by Marlee H.

Posted on November 25, 2019 at 5:50 PM

In CEL we learned about the U.N. Global Goals some of which are No Poverty, Zero Hunger, and Decent Work and Economic Growth. This showed me how much people around the world struggle to keep their business or family going and, soon enough, I wanted to help! I chose a woman named Lan from Vietnam to loan to on Lan lives near the water, so fish is her main source of food. Lan opened a fish shop and needed more money to keep the business going and so that Lan could send her kids to school.

We take for granted that we can go to school and go to the grocery market any time when there are 1.7 billion people who can’t swipe a bank card and buy food and or even go to school! But our Kiva microloans help with this, giving people around the world opportunities to grow their businesses, pay for education and support their families!

When we Zoomed with Dominique, an intern at, she talked to us about a lot of things that the Kiva workers do and how they help with the borrowers. Sometimes Kiva workers will get to meet Kiva borrowers in America or other places, which shows how supportive Kiva is. Dominique also shared with us how Kiva is set up to encourage us to loan to Refugees, who have a 95% loan repayment rate. With our Kiva microloans, we can help make a difference in the world. - especially to refugees.


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