We're making history!

We're making history...our history that is! Today, for the first time ever we will be matching every single loan on our site. That means every single small business owner who is fundraising right now will reach his or her goal 2x faster!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, we are also launching a social media campaign today called #whyizip. Moments like this remind us of why we love being a part of the Kiva Zip community because we know how much this capital will transform the lives, businesses and communities of our entrepreneurs.

Join us in the celebration! Cobble together a dollar from each of your friends or family members. Forego a pastry, coffee, or adult beverage today; instead, make a $5 loan to a small organic market in the midst of a food desert, a first-generation organic farmer from your state, or an artisan on another continent in Kenya.

We hope that you feel that same tingling sensation when you read the story of a borrower, when you take a moment to reflect on the life of the person you're reading about, and you decide to invest in their vision.

Regardless of whether you make a loan today or whether you've made one in the past, we hope that you'll take a moment to celebrate with us. Head on over to twitter and let us know why you are proud to be a part of the Kiva Zip community. Don't forget to include the hashtag #whyizip!

It is our hope that with your help and a dash of luck, we will reach new friends and reengage existing ones who will help us continue providing access to capital to the underserved small business owners who need it most.

We can't wait to hear from you!

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Posted by Ashley Clark, Kiva Zip Intern

Jul 10, 2014

Ashley has spent the last several years of her career in a variety of general management roles with the hope of eventually transitioning to the non-profit sector. Most recently, Ashley ran the Operations Department at Minted.com where she was responsible for managing the Customer Care and Design Teams; she focused on driving projects to improve the customer experience and increase the department's efficiency. Prior to that, Ashley spent two years in brand management at Sun Products, a consumer packaged goods company, working on the Wisk and Snuggle businesses. Ashley began her career as an analyst at JPMorganChase in New York; she holds a BA in Economics from Spelman College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ashley is passionate about exploring innovative solutions to improve access to capital and opportunity on a local level, and she is thrilled to be part of the Kiva Zip Team. In her free time, Ashley can be found hiking, baking, or reading a great book.

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