50,000 Bricks

I am equally humbled and inspired to share this joyful news with you –

the 50,000th Kiva Zip lender just made their first loan!

It’s a huge milestone for this community and we on the Kiva Zip team are feeling more inspired than ever by our mission to reinsert human relationships into our financial system.

We dream of a world where entrepreneurs are economically empowered by the strength of their character, rather than financially excluded by their lack of collateral.

Where their standing in their community counts for more than the flaws in their credit history.

Where hundreds of people lending in small increments of $5 or more can step forward to create opportunities, because they care more about making a difference in their local and global communities than about making a quick buck.

Where loans aren’t just about money, but are a way to connect borrowers with a supportive network of hundreds of business advisers, brand ambassadors, customers and new friends.

As one of the founding members of that community of lenders, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for enabling us to follow this dream.

Our Kiva Zip movement is like a house built with 50,000 bricks. We hope to continue to grow, one brick at a time, until we have built a fortress, a monument to the good that we can achieve when, together, we "be the change we want to see in the world."

Yours in deepest gratitude and service,

Jonny Price
Senior Director, Kiva Zip

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Posted by Jonny Price, Kiva Zip Senior Director

May 14, 2015

Jonny first came to Kiva in 2009 as a volunteer on a 5-month externship from his management consulting firm Oliver Wyman. After 6 years at Oliver Wyman, first in London and then in San Francisco, he joined Kiva full-time in September 2011, to lead the Kiva Zip program. Jonny is married to Ali, who he met at Kiva, and occasionally you may glimpse them cycling their tandem through the streets of San Francisco. He graduated with a BA in History from the University of Cambridge, where he represented his college at 14 sports (although 3 of these were table football, pool and chess).

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