Our Fall trimester Social Entrepreneurship class began and ended with microloans! Because we received SO many Kiva loan repayments over the summer, there was enough money in our SCH Kiva Lending Team account for our students to loan a total of $250 to Kiva borrowers around the world! It was a great way to kick off our course explorations: a deeper dive into microfinance, country research, product research and creation, pricing and marketing ~ preparing for the KIVA Marketplace to be held at our school Book Fair.
Handmade products included purses and scrunchies, headbands and barrettes, original illustrations made into notecards and keyrings, magnets and slime. Their Kiva Market earned the students over $300 in sales - and, after subtracting the cost of supplies, deposited enough in our Kiva account to make a second round of microloans to ten different Kiva borrowers!