New York is a City Filled with Dreamers

On December 9, 2015 nearly 1,000 Kiva supporters gathered to celebrate small businesses with the launch of Kiva NYC. The launch event showcased more than 30 local Kiva borrowers and their products, ranging from baked goods to handmade jewelry and prints. At the event, it was announced that Kiva will support the dreams of smalll business owners in the five boroughs of New York City by providing access to 0% Interest Loans up to $10,000.

In an inspiring address to the audience, former President Bill Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation said, "The world needs two things more than anything else. It needs positive identity, the belief that our common humanity matters more than our differences. And it needs a system of inclusive universal empowerment so that we can live and prosper together, raise our children together, and have an entirely different future than what dominates most of the headlines today. That's why Kiva in the United States is so important."

You can help support the dreams of local small businesses by making a matched loan today. By lending as little as $25, you can be part of a system of inclusive empowerment and take an active role in choosing the shape of NYC's future.

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Thank you to all who attended our New York City celebration! Event photos of the attendees can be found here.


About the author

Joyce Kim

Joyce was born in Toronto, Canada but feels most at home when travelling! Having recently spent 15 months exploring India, Sri Lanka, Australia and Indonesia, Joyce returned with a deepened understanding of the critical role social enterprise plays internationally. Passionate about organizations that have social impact built into their DNA, Joyce built her marketing career working on value-led brands such as Ben&Jerry’s as well as working for a social enterprise start-up. Joyce is excited to join Kiva in order to learn more about microfinance and champion a social enterprise that empowers aspiring entrepreneurs around the world! During her free time, Joyce can usually be found at the beach, practicing yoga or hunting down the best street food in the city.