When we picture a jungle, we think of a lush green environmentally friendly carbon sequestering ecosystem. While New York City is commonly referred to as the “concrete jungle,” few people know that it has many environmentally friendly attributes such as parks like the Highline and Central Park, and low energy transportation options like the Subway and Citi Bike. In fact, it is more environmentally friendly to live in the Big Apple then it is to live in the suburbs surrounding the city. (Don’t believe me? Check out this article.) And New York’s environmentally conscious stance doesn’t stop here, Kiva Zip's Borrowers continue to reduce New York City’s impact on the environment through their environmentally focused businesses.
 
Take Porfirio, an ex-convict who wants to have a positive impact on the world by providing green cleaning products to consumers in the New York City area.
 
Or Liz, who creates Green cinematography to spread awareness about global climate change by educating people about the state of the world and what we can do to help.
 
And finally don’t forget our farmers. Michael, Benneth, and Stefanie all practice responsible farming providing quality local produce grown with love. However, as a farmer working in the United States, risk is high and profits are small and highly variable on the weather. Because of the high risk, banks won’t readily loan to farmers, especially the smaller ones. That’s where Kiva Zip shines. Not only do our microloans provide these farmers with enough capital to purchase the necessary seeds for each year’s crop. But we also offer these farmers a six-month grace period that is great for two reasons. First, it may allow the farmers to harvest and sell their crops before they must repay. Second, if the farmers have a terrible year, such as this one with too much rain drowning the crop, the microloan and grace period allows them to retain their business despite the hardships.
 
While our Borrower’s do great work to support the Environmental movement, they cannot be successful without your loan. So let me end my blog with a quotation from one of my favorite childhood books, The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. If you are not familiar with the Lorax “he speaks for the trees for the trees have no tongues.”
 
So as the Lorax said "UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” Help New York stay “Green,” support our borrowers today!
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Jesse Miller Born and raised just outside of Boston, Jesse received a degree from Middlebury College where she studied Environmental Science with a focus in Conservation Biology and Economics. The fall of her Junior year at Middlebury, Jesse spent a semester abroad in Namibia where she conducted research for the Namibian government in order to facilitate economic development by sustainably using environmental resources. Through her internships in Finance, Consulting, Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit work, in addition to extensive global travel, she developed both a deep appreciation for the people and the cultures around her and a desire to make an impact in the world by aiding others in improving their lives. A true Midd kid, Jesse spends her time hiking and spending as much time outdoors as possible.