With the weather turning cold -- even at our headquarters in San Francisco -- this weekend feels like the perfect time catch up on some reading in a cozy cafe or on the couch.
At Kiva, we're always reading and learning about microfinance and other global development issues -- and we know our lenders are often just as interested in these topics. So, without further ado, here are some articles and sites we'd recommend taking a look at over a warm cup of tea:
An International Financier, on a Teensy Scale -- (The New York Times) -- Author and activist Bob Harris has been one of our most active supporters and lenders for years. He's invested a whopping $20,000 in 5,000 loans in 63 countries and has gotten almost all of it repaid. Now he's writing about his experience traveling to meet some of the people he helped fund in his new book "The International Bank of Bob" due out in March. Read this article to learn more and hear what has Bob so inspired about micro-lending. We can't wait to read the book!
Urging U.S. entrepreneurs to invest in Pakistan -- (Pakistan Daily Times) -- Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, Sherry Rehman, recently called for American business leaders to invest in Pakistan's microfinance sector and other areas of business to help jumpstart the country's economy. Rehman acknowledged the many benefits microfinance has already yielded and hopes to see its influence grow. Kiva is proud to have a very strong presence in Pakistan through socially-driven Field Partners like Asasah -- giving you the opportunity to invest in the country's future today!
A Collection of True Microfinance Stories-- (Huffington Post) -- We stumbled onto the book "Venture: A Collection of True Microfinance Stories" via this article on HuffPo, which includes one of these amazing anecdotes. All of the stories featured in the book were sourced from Zidisha Microfinance, a crowdfunding website for low-income, computer-savvy entrepreneurs looking to raise loans themselves (and one of Kiva's most distinguished peers in the micro-lending movement). We had to share this rich source of stories showing the change microfinance can make in people's lives.
Camille brings her passion for storytelling to Kiva, where she helps create and curate online content. A longtime journalist, she started her career reporting on arts and culture for the Wall Street Journal in London and New York. In 2008, she joined San Francisco-based blog VentureBeat, writing about green technology, policy and finance. Most recently, she worked in public relations for electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors. Outside of work, Camille volunteers as a web designer for maternal health nonprofit Saving Mothers. She holds a B.A. in women's history from Stanford University, where she also served as editor in chief of The Stanford Daily.