Month of Microfinance events
Planning on hosting an event? We’ve put together this ever-evolving list of ideas, and we welcome you to borrow and adapt any that you like. If you have a new idea that isn’t on the list yet, let us know, tweet it with #KivaMoMF, or post it on your team message board so we can share it with everyone!
Lead a Book Club
A book club doesn’t have to be a commitment; try it as a one-time gathering, or elect to read short essays and articles instead. If it goes well and you want to make it a regular event, more power to you! We have developed a list of suggested resources depending on the age group and subject matter you are catering to, so check out our discussion guides and dig in!
Host a Film Screening
As with reading materials, we’ve compiled a list of films and videos we recommend. While not all of these films are directly related to microfinance, we think each one offers a valuable perspective on poverty, gender, or economic empowerment. Consider using our discussion guides, or draft your own. This is also a great opportunity to spread awareness about your cause or project to those outside your chapter!
Host a Loanraiser
Want to introduce people to Kiva? Host a gathering and have "lending stations" set up with laptops so people can make loans on the spot. You can even create a lending team
specific to your group to track your overall impact.
Take the Two Dollar Challenge
Month of Microfinance encourages students to try out the Two Dollar Challenge
on their campus. This is a great way to spread awareness about your group on your campus, as well as share with other schools what you are up to through the MoMF network.
Hold a Talent Competition
We got this idea from a Kiva chapter at Stevenson High School, in Chicago, IL. Stevenson hosted “The ‘S’ Factor,” and raised money to lend through Kiva with ticket and concession sales. We especially love this idea because they developed their event around the resources and talent they had on campus. If a singing competition isn’t your speed, pick something that caters to your own campus and turn it into a fundraiser with ticket sales.
Around-The-World Education Event
A great event for younger student groups, this is an education/awareness focused event. Have individuals create art and/or informational pieces that can be observed gallery-style, or showcased in another way. Students can create country profiles based on Kiva Borrowers around the globe or use loan specifics to investigate a certain industry. Lots of potential variations with this one!
Invite a Guest Speaker
We have a network of Kiva Fellow Alumni, former interns and staff spread around the globe that you can invite to your events through the Kiva Speaker Program
. If there isn’t someone available for your event, ask professors and community members at nearby colleges and universities. Consider bringing in more participants by advertising the event outside your school.