Mark led us through a discussion after watching the 2009 Willow Creek Summit DVD w/Jessica Jackley. She is the co-founder of Kiva; an amazing company that makes loans as little as $25 available to people in need all across the globe. Here are some of my notes:
She was impacted growing by 2 truths:
1. Jesus told us the poor would always be with us.
2. What you do for the least of these you do unto Me.
The avg loan is $500. The avg lender is $100
98% percent of Kiva loans are repaid!
The relationship between the lender and borrower is very key to the success of Kiva. The connection is encouraging to both parties.
7 entrepreneurs and $7,000 started Kiva. They currently lend $5 million dollars per month!
"We believe in co-creation and a flatter system rather than a hierarchy system."
"We come back to our mission often, 'Connect people, through lending, for the sake of eliminating poverty.'" It's simple: who? what? why?
(On mission) "Common purpose is the best way to predict outcome in unpredictable circumstances."
"Innovation should be integral to the Church."
"Great poets show and don't tell."
"Don't allow fear to keep you from taking risks."
"We didn't apologize for our humble beginnings--don't be afraid to start small."
"Just start! Learn on the way."
"Different experiences create the best outcomes; be open and diverse."
"Belief determines what can happen; so really believe in what you're doing."
Got $25? You could make someone's dream happen.