A Local Lending Place for Global Thinkers

17 June 2009 at 14:47 4 comments

At the fellows training some of my companeros seemed shocked that I’d want to do a fellowship in one of the most expensive cities in the world. I have to admit, I admire the cost of a Terere in Paraguay compared to price of latte in NYC. Regardless, it’s been an incredible experience to participate with Kiva on the US launch.

In many ways the fellowship, the entreprenuers, even New York City itself has at times seemed enormously comparable to a fellowship in a developing country (I mean have you used the subways here!!!???).  But about the cause…

Why US microfinance….

By launching in the United States, Kiva is creating a local lending place for global thinkers. By supporting US microfinance and organizations like ACCION USA, you are supporting community.

Kiva lenders want to support individuals around the globe that work hard to support themselves and their families. These entrepreneurs also dream of creating legacies. Kiva is helping to provide equal access to capital for business owners that,  regardless of the country they live in, have struggled to obtain the credit elsewhere.

I believe that by supporting a US business on Kiva, we truly understand the goal of microfinance- and we are balancing the scales to open up opportunities for everyone.

Trinidad wanted to start a daycare, a bank turned her away, a loan shark almost lured her… instead a pool of individuals on Kiva helped to make her dream reality.

Sustainability is one of Kiva’s principles.  Who can argue that sustainability isn’t needed in the US?
Kiva lenders are supporting sustainable businesses, building communities and helping to create legacies- 25 dollars at a time.


Erica Dorn is currently serving at ACCION USAerica.dorn@fellows.kiva.org

Support U.S. Microfinance and check out all of the entrepreneurs requesting loans from ACCION USA- each has a story to tell.

Learn more about the US Microfinance cause.

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¡Adios, Arariwa! Better Together


  • 1. Glamis  |  18 June 2009 at 17:02

    Accion USA and Kiva are the perfect partners. Their mission is to assist small business owners who have a dream, to accomplish that dream they need financial help. This is great, another door that opens creating more opportunities, employment and a steady family income. Congratulations!!!!

  • 2. Lisa  |  18 June 2009 at 08:45

    What an inspiring story! I think it is so great that KIVA is now offering loans within the United States. This will definately create opportunites for those who could not otherwise attain them. I can’t think of a better way to spend $25.00!!!

  • 3. Andrea  |  18 June 2009 at 05:04

    I love the sense of community! What better way to improve the lives of those around us. We now have the opportunity to get away from public welfare assistance and give those ambitious souls a way to achieve their own sustainability!!

  • 4. Unilove  |  17 June 2009 at 20:48

    Very very true. So many people I have spoken to about Kiva say “What about the poor and the hungry here in the US?” Well, now I can say that they can lend here or overseas. Some lenders are nationalistic; some are global lenders. Regardless, all you need are a few minutes on the Kiva website, $25 and a compassionate heart to make a difference in this world.

    Unilove aka Lisa

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