How Students Change the Financial World

Cherry is the first immigrant borrower from the Philadelphia area seeking a loan on Kiva Zip. After arriving here from China, the mother of two wanted to start her own business. As a child she had loved to play with her sister's hair and had dreamed of opening a salon, but her family prevented her from pursuing that path.

Cherry has made the first steps in opening her own salon in South Philadelphia, but there is more room to grow.

Yet of all the people who helped her to support her dream, Cherry didn't expect a group of students in the Philadelphia area to be one of them.

Read how Big Hill Entrepreneurial Fund (and yes, this is made up of students!) is making an impact on their community from the perspective of their university professor.


Posted by Innae Park, Kiva Zip Marketing Intern

May 20, 2015

Innae has been an award-winning broadcast journalist for the most of the last decade and is seeking a different path for the next. She worked as a producer, reporter and anchor in two different television markets, engaging in local communities and encouraging small businesses to thrive. That passion linked her immediately with microfinance. She joined the Kiva Zip internship program with the intent of promoting this branch of finance with her storytelling and marketing skills. Though carrying an American passport, Innae calls Seoul home since she spent her adolescence at international school. She later received a degree in Communications at the University of Pennsylvania.


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