National Volunteer Week: High Hopes for Pittsburgh
In light of National Volunteer Week, Kiva Zip wants to acknowledge the many people who volunteer their time to make these social impact loans possible. Today we hear from Brosha, who interned specifically with Kiva Zip in Pittsburgh last summer and still gives of her time to support the local movement there!
"Being a summer intern at Kiva City Pittsburgh allowed me to gain an inside look at the world of non-profits, as well the immediate impact Kiva Zip has had on individuals and the greater community. Kiva Zip helps foster and grow the entrepreneurial spirit, which dwindled a bit during the 2007 and 2008 recession, by practicing social underwriting—a more recent approach to economic development.
During my time as an intern, as well as a volunteer,
I have seen dozens of individuals open up, grow, and revive their businesses—the excitement and gratitude expressed by borrowers cannot easily be put into words.
Crowdfunding is really a team effort though—the focus is not only on the borrowers, but on trustees who give time and advice, as well as the local and international community of lenders. Revitalization is slow to come, but it is such an important thing to keep working on. I hope that someday soon Pittsburgh will be known as a city which nurtures small businesses and the entrepreneurs who start them. "