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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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  • Sopha
    Cambodia
    Sopha received a loan from 1 team members to purchase more grocery products to sell to fulfill the needs of her customers.
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  • Thy
    Cambodia
    Thy received a loan from 1 team members to pay for land filling around his house to cover the mud.
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  • Korn
    Cambodia
    Korn received a loan from 1 team members to buy construction supplies to renovate a member's old home.
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  • Soheng
    Cambodia
    Soheng received a loan from 1 team members to pay for landfilling around his house to cover the mud.
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  • Ahmed
    Palestine
    Ahmed received a loan from Berkeley High School to buy a solar cells for his house to solve the problem of power outages.
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  • Julita
    Philippines
    Julita received a loan from Berkeley High School to buy items like canned goods, personal care products, etc. to sell in her general store.
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  • San Pedro Group
    Paraguay
    San Pedro Group received a loan from 1 team members to buy cleaning products, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, meats and other products.
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Impact   Updated Hourly

47
Team Members
$60,500
Amount Funded
1,616
Loans
34.4
Loans per member