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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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  • Maia
    Georgia
    Maia received a loan from 1 team members to renovate the house and open a guesthouse.
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  • Mukaddas
    Tajikistan
    Mukaddas received a loan from Berkeley High School to pay for her son’s treatment at the medical clinic to enable him to improve his health quickly.
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  • Irene
    Kenya
    Irene received a loan from 1 team members to buy farm inputs such as fertilizer to grow more crops and help a mother improve her life.
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  • Ahmed
    Palestine
    Ahmed received a loan from 1 team members to buy more livestock and fodder for his work.
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  • Tautua
    Samoa
    Tautua received a loan from Berkeley High School to buy rolling materials, color paint, paintbrushes, elei designs, containers, and a printing machine.
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  • Aofia
    Samoa
    Aofia received a loan from Berkeley High School to buy rolling materials, paint color, paint brush, elei design, containers, printing machine, fabrics, and a table.
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  • Rosa
    Timor-Leste
    Rosa received a loan from Berkeley High School to buy more young pigs to raise on her farm to provide a better income her family.
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  • Loudes
    Timor-Leste
    Loudes received a loan from Berkeley High School to purchase more stocks of goods for her small store in order to generate more income for her family.
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47
Team Members
$56,475
Amount Funded
1,480
Loans
31.5
Loans per member