May 14, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
By Camille Ricketts
How Kiva is helping women change the world [WEBINAR]

On Friday, we hosted the third in a series of webinars about how Kiva is diversifying its partnerships and loan products to reach more borrowers, and give lenders more choices. Check out the recording below.

Many of these new strategies are designed to expand opportunities for women. Since its founding, Kiva loans have helped hundreds of thousands of women build businesses, improve their homes, send their children to school and change their lives. Today, we're focused on partnering with organizations that do even more for women clients: offering health programs, literacy classes, skills training, counseling services, domestic violence support, childcare and more.

Last week's webinar focused on these partnerships and the stories of women who have benefited from both credit and additional services built into the microfinance model.

We're excited to be working with partners that maximize the impact of Kiva loans, and we want to give our lenders the opportunity to do the same. Our webinars are designed to educate our community about where their loan dollars go and what they can do in the world. They also give you, our lenders, the chance to connect with Kiva staff to ask questions and learn more.

Our next webinar will be in two weeks. Tune into our Facebook and Twitter channels for the date and time. It will focus on the four Social Performance badges we award to partners who offer unique and innovative loan products that do even more to help borrowers lift themselves out of poverty.

May 11 Webinar: Kiva's Focus on Women
Featuring JD Bergeron, Director of Social Performance

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The webinar before this one focused on how Kiva is working with partners that extend opportunity to the world's poorest and most vulnerable borrowers. Watch the recording here.

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Camille brings her passion for storytelling to Kiva, where she helps create and curate online content. A longtime journalist, she started her career reporting on arts and culture for the Wall Street Journal in London and New York. In 2008, she joined San Francisco-based blog VentureBeat, writing about  green technology, policy and finance. Most recently, she worked in public relations for electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors. Outside of work, Camille volunteers as a web designer for maternal health nonprofit Saving Mothers. She holds a B.A. in women's history from Stanford University, where she also served as editor in chief of The Stanford Daily.

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