"Microcredit is not new. It's been around in one form or another for hundreds of years. But in the Information Age, a San Francisco company has taken the idea of microfinance and upgraded it for the Web. Radio reporter Clark Boyd first reported about Kiva.org for Public Radio International's news program The World. He now travels to Uganda for FRONTLINE/World, where the first recipients of money collected through Kiva's Web site are building and expanding businesses.For some previous entries on Microcredit (or Microfinance) see here or here or from Harvard, here, and from PBS here.
Kiva, which means "agreement" or "unity" in Swahili, would allow people with a little bit of extra cash to use their credit card or the online money transfer company, PayPal, to lend directly to African entrepreneurs. Kiva got its start a little more than a year ago in Uganda, where it forged partnerships with local microfinance institutes so that each business would be vetted and approved before being posted on the site."
Thursday, April 12, 2007
MicroCredit on PBS
Want to see how finance can make the world even better? The local PBS channel (WNED) just aired a show on how microcredit is helping the people of Uganda. Good stuff. Definitely class worthy!