Kiva comes to Oregon!

We could not be more excited to announce our very first presence in the Pacific Northwest! Oregon has joined the list of communities in the U.S. on Kiva, helping small business owners get the financing they need to grow and create jobs.

What’s more exciting is that accompanying us for the launch was none other than Oregon’s First Lady, Cylvia Hayes!

Kiva Zip will support the state’s Prosperity Initiative which aims to create a robust economy by removing barriers to overcoming poverty and empowering citizens to maximize their potential. Specifically, the goal is to reduce poverty levels from 17.5% to below 10% by 2020, raise income levels to above the national average by 2020, and reduce income inequality by 2025.

On average, every Kiva Zip loan creates 3 jobs -- making us the perfect match for this initiative!

The owner of Ahara Rasa Ayurveda -- a boutique specializing in hard-to-find products that support healthy lifestyle with a traditional Indian Medicine focus

Oregon will join initiatives in Little Rock, D.C., Los Angeles, Detroit, and New Orleans helping small business owners get the financing they need to grow and create jobs.

Partnerships with local community groups, microfinance organizations, and Kiva Zip trustees work to connect Kiva lenders to entrepreneurs they know and trust in their communities. In fact, did you know that small businesses create 2 out of every 3 new jobs in the U.S.?

Make a loan to a borrower in Oregon today!

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About the author

Emily Wakefield

A native of southern California, Emily is a recent graduate from Santa Clara University where she studied Economics and Spanish Studies. The highlight of her college experience was the semester she spent abroad in Granada, Spain. She knew she wanted to pursue a career in economic development after reading Half the Sky. Emily will be joining the Marketing and Communications team as a Blog and Social Media Intern and is especially excited to find new and creative ways to spread Kiva’s work to more people. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to country music, and re-watching Friends episodes for the millionth time.