If it weren't for loans, I wouldn't have been able to get an education or to buy a house. I feel very lucky - I want to share my luck with others.
I help people who need repairs to their home - including painting, carpentry, electrical, and plumbing.
Dec 26, 2008
After working several years in education and social services in Wisconsin, Jerry made his way to Seattle to start a business importing kites and other handicrafts from Southeast Asia. Buying directly from the artisans, Jerry became aware of the importance of small business and micro-credit in developing countries. He also gained a great appreciation for the educational value of travel. This led to his return to education and leading high school students on four-month educational journeys through South and Southeast Asia. Financial pragmatism led to a career change and to developing software for Washington state schools. Today, he's semi-retired and spends his time doing handyman work and software development, volunteering as a beach naturalist with the Seattle Aquarium and is on the board of Generations for Global Giving, supporting a meals program for elderly in Lima. Jerry is excited about the opportunity to work as a Kiva fellow with MUK in Indonesia. Supporting small entrepreneurs in developing countries feels like coming full circle to him.
This past year has been a busy and productive year for Koperasi Mitra Usaha Kecil (MUK). Highlights of the year have been the openings of two new regional branch offices. In March 2010, the Singaraja branch opened [...]
The Taman Indah Group successfully raised and sold all the pigs that they were able to buy with their Kiva loan six months ago. Each member of the group was able to raise 3 to 4 pigs and make a net profit of [...]