UPDATE: Happy Hour in Philadelphia! POSTPONED

UPDATE as of Thursday morning, March 5: This event has been cancelled due to the weather. We will reschedule and inform you of when we plan to have this again!

One of the things we love about Kiva Zip is its ability to create strong communities. That's why we want to bring everyone in our Kiva City Philadelphia community - borrowers, lenders, donors, supporters, and trustees - together for a happy hour of mixing cocktails and making loans!

The happy hour will take place Thursday, March 5 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. A Kiva Zip cocktail, drink and food specials will all be handcrafted by W/N W/N Coffee Bar. W/N W/N Coffee Bar is benefiting from one of our 0% interest loans, and they will also be lending 10% of the night's proceeds to currently fundraising borrowers!

Space is limited so we ask that you please RSVP in advance. We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, please email Kiva City Philadelphia Manager Alyssa Thomas.

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Posted by Alyssa Thomas, Kiva City Philadelphia Manager

Mar 2, 2015

While attending college, Alyssa took a trip to Leon, Nicaragua to distribute microloans to small businesses. In preparation for the class, she read “Banker to the Poor” by Muhammad Yunus, it was an eye-opener for her that businesses and economic models could exist for a social cause and did not have to be about shareholder wealth. Alyssa started focusing more on social businesses, and through her position as the President of the International Business Society was able to bring Muhammad Yunus to speak at her university. He encouraged her to continue to focus on microfinance and economic development, and not be afraid to 'start small'.

After graduation, Alyssa joined Kiva Zip as a fellow in Richmond, VA. When her fellowship was completed, she was offered the opportunity to move to Philadelphia to serve as a Kiva Zip fellow under the City of Philadelphia's Department of Commerce. She has moved out of a fellowship role, and is now the manager of Kiva Zip Philadelphia for the Department of Commerce.

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