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Kalpna Mistry was an amazing and tireless Global Studies teacher at Berkeley International High School. She taught her students about global cultures in unique and progressive ways. Rather than only using text books, she used modern technology as well. By using Kiva in the classroom for a unit on microfinance, she showed her students how entrepreneurs in developing nations can benefit from simple actions done everyday by the students halfway around the world. The students raised funds on their own, even using their own lunch money, and chose Kiva entrepreneurs from various countries and professions. The students walked away believing that the cycle of lending was simply an extension of Ms. Mistry's dedication and generosity, traits that now became their own. In continuing with the tradition Ms. Mistry started, BIHS, family, and friends have started a Kiva memorial lending team in her honor so future students can learn more about the world and themselves.global cultures in unique and progressive ways. Rather than only using text books, she used modern technology as well. By using Kiva in the classroom for a unit on microfinance, she showed her students how entrepreneurs in developing nations can benefit from simple actions done everyday by the students halfway around the world. The students raised funds on their own, even using their own lunch money, and chose Kiva entrepreneurs from various countries and professions. The students walked away believing that the cycle of lending was simply an extension of Ms. Mistry's dedication and generosity, traits that now became their own. In continuing with the tradition Ms. Mistry started, BIHS, family, and friends have started a Kiva memorial lending team in her honor so future students can learn more about the world and themselves.

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Ms. Mistry got our class really excited about Kiva, an online micro-enterprise program, and I hope and believe that the cycle of lending, getting repaid, and lending again will continue, and will always be associated with Ms. Mistry's dedication and generosity.

- Student from Ms. Mistry's Global Studies class at Berkeley International High School

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  • One Acre Fund
    Tanzania
    One Acre Fund received a loan from 1 team members one Acre Fund farmers in Tanzania access seeds and supplies on credit to help them feed themselves, their families and their communities.
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  • Leibis Daniel
    El Salvador
    Leibis Daniel received a loan from Priti to buy agricultural supplies and pay for labor to plant corn.
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  • Namanbai
    Kyrgyzstan
    Namanbai received a loan from 1 team members to purchase cows to increase his income from fattening and reselling cattle.
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  • Maria Teresa
    Paraguay
    Maria Teresa received a loan from 1 team members to buy drinks, breads, fruit, canned goods, meat and other products to stock her store.
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  • Nasiba
    Tajikistan
    Nasiba received a loan from Lucy and Annie to buy more men’s clothes to sell in order to increase her income and attract more clients.
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  • Dinamitas Coraca Group
    Bolivia
    Dinamitas Coraca Group received a loan from 1 team members to increase her capital for selling bedding and a variety of clocks.
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  • Johnny Alexander
    Ecuador
    Johnny Alexander received a loan from 1 team members to buy calves and lease land.
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  • Amon
    Tajikistan
    Amon received a loan from 1 team members to buy school uniforms and other supplies for his children.
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  • Hải
    Vietnam
    Hải received a loan from Sandeep to purchase sand, cement, brick and equipment to build a toilet.
    Sandeep
  • Jane
    Kenya
    Jane received a loan from 1 team members to buy farm inputs such as certified seed and high-nutrient fertilizer to increase profits and support her two children.
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  • Aurelia Maria
    Ecuador
    Aurelia Maria received a loan from 1 team members to buy trousers, shirts, blouses, shoes, perfume and gifts.
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  • Maryuri Del Rocio
    Ecuador
    Maryuri Del Rocio received a loan from 1 team members to buy perfumes, creams, costume jewelry and other products to stock her business.
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Impact   Updated Hourly

40
Team Members
$62,325
Amount Funded
1,658
Loans
41.5
Loans per member