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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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  • Ruth
    Philippines
    Ruth received a loan from Samir to purchase additional roofing to sell.
    Samir
  • Ana Bernardina
    El Salvador
    Ana Bernardina received a loan from Samir to buy oil, farmer's cheese, cracklings, flour, beverages, fruit, snacks, etc., wholesale to meet the demand for pupusas and other products her customers ask her for.
    Samir
  • Benkadi Group
    Mali
    Benkadi Group received a loan from Samir to pay for peanuts seeds to grow with the aim of selling more and buying enough oxen.
    Samir
  • Basel
    Lebanon
    Basel received a loan from Kimberley to buy additional cattle and sheep for his farm.
    Kimberley
  • Ahmed
    Palestine
    Ahmed received a loan from David Stevens to buy cylinders for packing perfumes and some necessary materials for his work.
    David Stevens
  • Moustafa
    Lebanon
    Moustafa received a loan from David Stevens to buy a massage chair to better serve his customers' demands.
    David Stevens

Impact   Updated Hourly

49
Team Members
$49,725
Amount Loaned
1,281
Loans
26.1
Loans per member