Jessica Jackley

When Jessica Jackley first visited Uganda she was a recently graduated philosophy major who didn’t know the difference between profit and revenue. She did know that the goatherds, seamstresses and farmers she met didn’t want her pity, though they did want small loans to start their businesses. Jackley went on to co-found Kiva, a San Francisco-based microlending platform that connects lenders with small business entrepreneurs around the world. In her new book, “Clay Water Brick,” Jackley profiles some of the entrepreneurs who have inspired her with their ability to “do the most with the least.”

Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva

  • Whamadoodle

    This is a BEAUTIFUL thing she’s done. I think this was an idea of Ben Franklin’s, too–I once read a quote by him, where he suggested that whenever someone asks him for a loan to start a business, he gave them the loan, but on condition that they not pay HIM back, but give a similar loan to someone ELSE, and ask them to do the same thing, and on and on. “In this way, I can do a deal of good with a little money.”

    • Gabriella West

      Great comment.

      • Whamadoodle

        Thanks! 🙂

  • Wafa

    Great show

  • I found her optimism nauseating. And typical of do-gooder programs Kiva appears to focus almost exclusively on third world people. I work with homeless teens in Oakland CA, there are about 3,000 of them. There are very few of them that wouldn’t love to have their own business, but there is no help for them, certainly not from Kiva.

    • smitty888

      And what have YOU done, Todd?

      • Did you even read my comment? Nope.

        • smitty888

          Besides “work(ing) with homeless teens” what have you actually accomplished to deserve time on Forum?

          • Oh lots, just yesterday I was able to deflect an asteroid on a collision course with earth with only the power of positive thinking.

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