Author Archives: Drew Meyers

About Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers is a travel addict and founder of Horizon. Social entrepreneurship & microfinance advocate.
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Kiva Hits 1 Million Borrowers

Wow, Kiva hit 1 MILLION borrowers over the weekend…congrats! PS: If you want to find other Kiva advocates nearby, I encourage you to join the Kiva community on Oh Hey World.

In our quest to put a face to the microfinance industry and organize it into local communities, we’re profiling the individuals working to expand microfinance. Our next interview is with Genny Ghanimeh. Here’s a little bit more about her… 1) What do you do? I am the Founder of Pi Slice which is a social web based platform promoting social awareness and change, in partnership with MicroWorld from the PlanetFinance Group. Its … Read More >>

Vittana has a new CEO. Robin Wolaner. Here’s the email that got sent out to the Vittana mailing list this morning: What a few months! 10,000 students, two new countries, and today we’re moving into new offices as I write this – Vittana is racing forward, but there’s something even more special – A new CEO! We set out to look for a unicorn and, guess what? We found her. Her name … Read More >>

In our quest to put a face to the microfinance industry and organize it into local communities,, we’re profiling the individuals working to expand microfinance. Our fourth interview is with Dawn Kwan. Here’s a little bit more about her… 1) What do you do? I work for Vittana, a nonprofit based in Seattle that specializes in student micro-loans. We provide loans to students in developing countries to help them complete their higher … Read More >>

In our quest to put a face to the microfinance industry and organize it into local communities,, we’re profiling the individuals working to expand microfinance. Our third interview is with Melissa Furci. Here’s a little bit more about her… 1) What do you do? I am working with Esperanza International in the Dominican Republic as a Resident Intern in the communications department. 2) Why do you do what you do? After … Read More >>

In our quest to put a face to the microfinance industry and organize it into local communities, we’re going to profile the individuals working to expand microfinance. Our second interview is with Kayla Villnow. I’ve known Kayla for 15 years since I met her in high school, and she’s remained one of my closest friends ever since. In fact, she’s the primary reason I’m so passionate about microfinance’s role in alleviating … Read More >>

In our quest to put a face to the microfinance industry and organize it into local communities, we’re going to start profiling the individuals that work in it. Our first one is with Helen Lyttelton. Here’s a little bit more about her… 1) What do you do? I’m volunteer Programme Manager for Fundación En Vía, a microfinance non-profit based in Oaxaca, Mexico. 2) Why do you do what you do? … Read More >>

Kiva Opens an Office in Nairobi

Very cool to see that Kiva has opened an office in Nairobi! Here’s a short video…

Month of Microfinance has officially begun — with a video from Muhammad Yunus answering the question of “how do you keep clients first?”

Bob Harris put $20k of his own money into Kiva loans, then asked the question… “Is it doing any good?” So, Bob followed the money—from Kiva to their field partners to some of the actual recipients—traveling around the world to Peru, Bosnia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Cambodia, Nepal, the Philippines, Lebanon, India, and more. The International Bank of Bob is the compilation of that journey. You can purchase the book HERE or … Read More >>