When Prepared Minds Lack a Chance, We Should Blame Ourselves

I’m one of those people who believe in the nonexistence of luck. I define luck as when preparedness meets an opportunity. I concur with what Wesley Cohen and Daniel Leventhal would call it in their studies: “Fortune favors the prepared firm”. I so believe because even at my level as a graduate student and intern at Zidisha, most of the good things that have come my way have happened because they found me at … Read More >>

Since 2005, more than 1.8 million people around the world have made a loan on Kiva…

There’s been a microfinance angle to Horizon (a blend of AirBnB & Couchsurfing within trusted networks) all along — if I had to trace the origins back to the very beginning, finding those deeply involved in the microfinance industry around the globe was one of the early pain points I experienced traveling. The other microfinance tie is our support for Kiva while testing what we refer to as #travelbygiving (replacing or supplementing house gifts with donations … Read More >>

A great piece on Kiva Zip on CNBC… Premal Shah, Kiva‘s president, and Stevenson Dunn, Kiva loan borrower and The Bishop Gallery owner, discuss the launch of Kiva’s $25 lending platform for small businesses.

I’m one of those people who believe in the nonexistence of luck. I define luck as when preparedness meets an opportunity. I concur with what Wesley Cohen and Daniel Leventhal would call it in their studies: “Fortune favors the prepared firm”. I so believe because even at my level as a graduate student and intern at Zidisha, most of the good things that have come my way have happened because they found me at … Read More >>

myKRO.org has now around for over 7 years since we launched it in 2008. Jerry and I are both still still incredibly passionate about advancing the microfinance industry into the mainstream, but simply haven’t been able to dedicate the time to this blog over the past few years that we used to. Life has gotten the best of us. Jerry has a family now, and my start-up Horizon (and Oh Hey … Read More >>

Microfinance commenced in the United States after the realization that microlending programs were working abroad, and something similar could be implemented in the country by modifying our epistemological perspective on the subject. The U.S is a formal economy that has different issues from less developed countries. The aim is more than subsistence. The aim is to increase the quality of life of the borrower and her/his family to create prosperous … Read More >>

You may know it was my initial frustration finding microfinance advocates around the globe that led me down the path to create Oh Hey World, and now Horizon. Thus, it’s probably no surprise to you I devour interviews, content, and interactions with people heavily involved in the microfinance world. I found 3 of them in one interview: LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman (Kiva board member) interviewed Kiva’s Premal Shah and Julie Hanna as … Read More >>

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