Jessica Jackley on Poverty, Love and Making a $150 Million Difference

By Kris Deichler, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”

- Proverb

You might not know who Jessica Jackley is, but you may have heard of her organisation KIVA. Inspired by Muhammad Yunus, Ms Jackley started the online crowdfunding website that provides financial services to poor people all around the world, helping to empower them out of poverty. In its first 5 years KIVA went from providing 7 small loans to help small businesses in Uganda, raised through friends and family, to providing more than $150 million in small $25 loans.

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