On Tuesday October 8th, Kiva  co-founder Matt Flannery will be in Little Rock, Arkansas, to speak at the joint Winthrop Rockefeller Institute -Clinton School of Public Service  conference on social entrepreneurship in Arkansas: "Social Entrepreneurs: Doing Well By Doing Good ".
Though Kiva Zip only recently made its way to the state of Arkansas, the impact of its presence has already been felt deeply by the state's entrepreneurial community. Kiva's crowd-funded, zero-interest loans have helped to support a wide array of Arkansans looking for financial support. Borrowers have come from an array of different occupations in Arkansas, including farmers, artists, authors, restaurant owners, and many more.
Within Arkansas, their influence can be clearly seen. Approximately 1,690 lenders have contributed funds to projects in Arkansas. These individuals have lent from all over the world, including Australia, Germany, China, and Finland. These connections not only act as brand ambassadors for the borrower, but also provide moral support and a sense of confidence for borrowers.
Author Bio: Mitchell Adams grew up in Morrilton, Arkansas. He holds a BA in International Studies, with a focus in economic policy and development, from the University of Central Arkansas. After graduation, Mitchell began attending the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he is pursuing an MPS in Public Service. His time at the Clinton School has led him to Delhi, India, where he coordinated training and tested sessions for various non-profits, as well as to Busua, Ghana, where he developed sustainable policies for a local school. Mitchell is working with Kiva Zip in Arkansas to expand the Kiva community within the state.