Goodbye Corporate Life, Hello Micro-financing! How $25 CAN make a difference

When you live in New York, $25 buys you an unlimited mimosa weekend brunch but in Africa or India a loan of this amount could mean saving someone's life and providing hope.

Learn first hand from Eileen Flannigan how a $25 loan can really make a tangible impact now with the launch of Kiva ZipKiva Zip is a program launched by Kiva, that enables you to make direct loans to entrepreneurs in Kenya and the United States. You can make a loan today for as little as $25. Over time, as your loan is repaid, you get your money back, and you can then withdraw it, or re-lend it to another entrepreneur.

Eileen has just finished serving as a Kiva Zip Fellow in Nairobi, Kenya. Before heading back to Africa again, Eileen will be sharing her story about what inspired her career change and how she successfully made the transition from corporate life to launching the first Kiva Fellow Program in Manipur, India.

Eileen brings 18 years experience in digital marketing and strategic business initiatives, which she is now leveraging as she transitions into International Development and Social Entrepreneurship. She is passionate about approaching poverty alleviation and other global issues from a business solutions perspective and un-tapping the potential of women to be entrepreneurs and powerful social leaders in these causes.

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  • caroline

    Eileen Flanningan was both informative and honest about her personal journey and experience as a Kiva Fellow. It was interesting to hear about her moral challenges dealing with the local MFI and her opportunity to speak to borrowers.

    October 7, 2013

  • caroline

    Hi Everyone, Please arrive on time. We start at 4pm if not a few minutes.Thanks and see you soon!

    October 5, 2013

  • Stanley

    Very much wanna join this event but not sure if I can make it on time. Cause I'll be coming from out of state.

    October 3, 2013

  • caroline

    Hope everyone is looking forward to this event on Saturday! For those who are unfamiliar with Kiva, here's a great TedTalk featuring the founder Jessica Jackley on her story
    www.ted.com/talks/jessica_jackley_poverty_money_and_love.html

    October 3, 2013

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