Kiva's Jessica Hansen explains how to use microfinance to lend a little and help a lot. Learn how to do more with your money and make a sustainable impact.

Guest Biography

As Kiva’s Global Engagement Manager, Jessica builds partnerships and community to alleviate poverty and create opportunity worldwide. She’s passionate about connecting people and ideas, and helping others unleash their capacity to impact the world for the better. Prior, Jessica worked in rural Kenya on literacy programs with Nuru International. Her early fieldwork was in Africa and Asia, working with refugees through UNHCR, the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, the Women's Refugee Commission/International Rescue Committee, and Doctors Without Borders, focusing on women and girls, and increased access to education and finance.

Show notes:

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to get undergraduate and graduate degrees without student loans or taking on any debt.
  • Why sometimes well intentioned efforts like a book drive for children in a third world country is actually the worst thing we could do.
  • The benefits of microfinance and connecting people through lending to alleviate poverty.

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Are you familiar with microfinance (a.k.a. microcredit)? What is your preferred way to donate to a worthy cause?