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Teaching and Learning Through Lending and Borrowing

Kiva's new Kiva U project provides tools for teaching and engaging students in microfinance and entrepreneurship.


Imagine you are a high school or university teacher. What would you consider an effective tool for teaching and engaging students about entrepreneurship? How about a tool that goes beyond textbooks to teach students about the daily working life of entrepreneurs from around the world?

Or imagine you are a student interested in microfinance. Where would you go you build your knowledge about the challenges faced by those trying to access finance, the opportunities for the broader microfinance sector itself, and to participate in real solutions while you learn?

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People Are Awesome: Fall in Love With Hal Taussig, the Original 'Angel' Businessman

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After Giving Hundreds of Kiva Loans, I Learned the Five Most Important Words of My Life

I learned the five most important words of my life in Beirut.   I was working on my book about microfinance, The First International Bank of...

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Attend a Special Screening of Microfinance Film to Support Muhammad Yunus Muhammad Yunus Movie, To Catch a Dollar, One-Night Only Screenings Thursday

To Catch a Dollar comes to your city for one night only to tell the story of microfinance in the U.S.A.

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UPDATE: Grameen America tells GOOD they are holding a contest in association with this film. The winner will get a video/skype chat with Dr. Yunus. Not bad! See below for details.

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Muhammad Yunus, Father of Microfinance, Ousted From Grameen Bank Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank Founder and Father of Microfinance, Ousted by Bangladeshi Government

The father of microfinance has been "removed" by his government. But he's not leaving his Nobel Prize-winning Grameen Bank just yet.


This is troubling. In the latest—and boldest—move in the campaign against Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi government has issued an order removing him from his Nobel prize-winning Grameen Bank. The government is using a special regulatory law created just for Grameen, which, it says, includes the power to fire Yunus as managing director of the pioneering microlending organization he founded in 1983.

The official reasoning for the order is that Yunus, at 70, is too old for the post, citing a provision of the law that sets a mandatory retirement age of 60. Yunus accepted the formal title of managing director in 2000. The Grameen Bank, however, says Yunus is staying put.

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Kiva President Says FarmVille Is His Biggest Rival

Should lending money to micro-enterprises around the world be like playing a game? Kiva's CEO wants it to be like playing Farmville on Facebook.

Kiva is a darling of the micro-lending industry right now for being the first major site to use the internet to let average Americans loan money to micro-entrepreneurs in the developing world, in the process un-tapping a new source of capital for anti-poverty investment. So, why does a fast growing organization like Kiva consider their biggest rival to be Zynga, a maker of Facebook games like FarmVille and Mafia Wars?

For one, I'm not sure I totally buy it. A CEO telling us what he considers the biggest threat is like a job applicant confessing their greatest weakness. Still, CEO Premal Shah is clearly seeing competition for world-changing donations from idle-time-killing online games. If donating to a budding third-world entrepreneur is as easy as buying more fertilizer for your virtual farm, that's when it's easy enough to really take off.

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