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Jessica Jackley is the co-founder of Kiva, the world’s first peer-to-peer microloan website.  At users can make microloans directly to specific developing world entrepreneurs - who then use the money to start or grow a small business - and lift themselves out of poverty.  Loans start at $25.  Named one of the top ideas of 2006 by The New York Times Magazine, and praised by Oprah, Bill Clinton and countless others, Kiva is one of the fastest-growing social benefit websites in history.  Since its founding, in 2005, it has loaned over $100 million from lenders to entrepreneurs across 182 countries.  For all its success, Kiva remains animated by a simple message – to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty – and by the idea that relationships are a powerful force for positive change.

January 2011
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