This is a continuation of San Francisco to vote on Resolution to become Kiva Zip Trustee from 10/07/2013.

Kiva Zip team waiting to enter City Hall

Breaking news! On Wednesday, October 9th, the City of San Francisco’s Budget and Finance Committee approved a Resolution to create a partnership between the City of San Francisco and Kiva. This Resolution will allow the City to act as a Kiva Zip Trustee to identify and endorse small businesses for Kiva Zip loans. Having been passed unanimously by the Budget and Finance Committee, the full Board of Supervisors will vote on the Resolution on October 22nd.

The meeting began with Supervisor Mark Farrell passionately expressing his active support for Kiva Zip. Mr. Farrell, the first California elected official to act as an individual Trustee, highlighted the City’s partnership with Kiva Zip as the “opportunity to empower our communities in a new way,” adding that “when small businesses do well, we all do well.”

Kiva President Premal Shah and the Kiva Zip team

Kiva President Premal Shah spoke next, articulating how small businesses almost always name capital within their top 3 constraints. He added that Kiva Zip is not only revolutionizing small business access to affordable capital, but also creating and promoting community and human connectedness.

Premal Shah presenting to the Budget and Finance Committee

The next organization to support the resolution was the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), a Kiva Zip Trustee and community-based organization offering free economic development services in the Mission district of San Francisco. To date, MEDA has endorsed 7 borrowers, ultimately infusing over $55,000 of capital into the Mission neighborhood!

The Small Business Commission and Chamber of Commerce also offered support for the creation of a partnership between the City and Kiva. Both organizations expressed excitement about the opportunity to utilize Kiva Zip as a tool to give the small businesses in their network access to capital, and also as a platform to provide local community members an avenue to support the local small businesses in their neighborhoods.

Kiva Zip borrower Anna, owner of Anda Piroshki, detailed her inspirational story and how $30,000 in Kiva Zip loans from over 500 lenders have helped her expand her piroshki business, open a second kiosk, and hire employees. Anna concluded with how Kiva Zip’s impact is “not only the loan, it’s the connection. I feel a part of this community, (the lenders) believe in me and support me.”

Kiva Zip borrower Anna, owner of Anda Piroshki

Kiva is truly thankful for the support we received on such a memorable day. Mr. Farrell couldn’t have said it better: “The opportunity is to get involved in your community as a lender is real.” To help support small businesses in your community, make a loan today on Kiva Zip!

Want to hear more? Watch the video of the Budget and Finance Committee meeting here!

Photos courtesy of Zach Land-Miller.

About the author

Amy Lambert

Amy was born and raised in the small town of Downingtown, PA and earned bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Leadership from Boston College. Since college, Amy has gained valuable experience in corporate finance, graduating from General Electric’s Financial Management Program and most recently working as a global commercial finance analyst in a GE energy division. She fell in love with traveling and exploring other cultures after studying abroad in Madrid and spending time in Morocco, South America, and Europe. Amy’s belief that microfinance is truly a sustainable solution to alleviating global poverty was sparked on a life changing microfinance service and immersion trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia, through the Boston College School of Management. There she experienced how microfinance really does create an enabling and empowering environment for low-income individuals to lift themselves out of poverty. Amy is thrilled about the opportunity to take an active role in expanding Kiva’s impact and in contributing to the success of Kiva Zip!