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Take a peek into our 5th grade Social Entrepreneurship class offered through our SCH Academy Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

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SPRING 18-19: Kiva Market at the Book Fair!

Posted on June 8, 2019 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Our Spring trimester students brought a new level of enthusiasm and creativity to their Kiva Market products!  The girls created beaded bracelets, decorated notebooks and an amazing variety of slime, along with duct tape wallets and more. The boys made handknitted lanyards and keyrings, splatter paintings of our school mascot, stress balls and sold small bags of bulk candy.  In addition, our 5th grade boys worked with Ms. Allen's 2nd grade class to pro...

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WINTER 18-19: Kiva Market @ACE

Posted on March 2, 2019 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Once again, after a brief introduction to microlending, our students had the opportunity to explore borrower profiles from around the world on Kiva.org and then choose who to allocate loans to -- the loans our students made included supporting borrowers who used the money to purchase inventory to re-sell at their village markets, equipment to transport more harvest to sell at market, sewing machines and supplies to create wearable items to sell and much more!


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Fall 18-19: Kiva Market at the Book Fair

Posted on December 4, 2018 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

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 ~ pr...

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Our 2017-18 Social Entrepreneurship classes

Posted on April 12, 2018 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (4)

We've been busy this year hosting KIVA Fairs and KIVA Marketplaces on both campuses - for families and students - to earn money to fund our micro-loans through Kiva.org.
Students have created a variety of products, which they have marketed and sold to our school community:
  • headbands
  • slime
  • tye-dye t-shirts
  • fidget spinners
  • tic-tac-toe games
  • notecards
  • original picture books
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BUSINESS Plans

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (2)

Our 5th grade boys and girls worked in product teams to create Business Plans for the items they want to sell at their Kiva Market Fair.  They'll receive microloans to purchase any supplies they need and will pay back the loans from their sales. The rest of the money they earn - their profits - will go to make loans to borrowers around the world on www.kiva.org through our SCH CEL Kiva Lending Team.

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Our KIVA VoiceThread

Posted on October 19, 2016 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Check out our Kiva Skype Voicethread videos on the HIME page to hear what some of our students have to say about what makes Kiva.org unique and special! 

Students reflected on all our learning and discussion about microfinance, entrepreneurs, business and Kiva to voice their thoughts...

Skyping with KIVA's Director of Education & Global Engagement at their headquarters in San Francisco...

Posted on October 6, 2016 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

We prepared for our SKYPE with Jessica Hansen, Kiva's Education Director, by brainstorming questions: What are we still curious about how Kiva works? How does the loan repayment work? When did Ms. Hansen hear about Kiva and is she a Kiva lender? Has she met any of her Kiva borrowers?  We were ready with all of these great questions and more...


The SKYPE was a success - and we learned a lot about Ms. Hansen, Kiva loans and Kiva borrowers!

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Brainstorming business ideas to earn money to loan to KIVA borrowers...

Posted on September 30, 2016 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Now that our 5th graders understand how microloans and Kiva work AND have explored borrowers and their businesses on Kiva.org - they're now committed to earning money to loan through Kiva AND to educating our school community about our project. 


They've been brainstorming a variety of ways to earn money - from hosting a Kiva Fair to creating products for a Kiva Marketplace to running sports tournaments - and then exploring ...

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Exploring KIVA...

Posted on September 25, 2016 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

We've spent this last week exploring Kiva.org ~ learning how it uses microfinance to help people around the world: people who don't have access to traditional banks but are smart, hardworking, responsible entrepreneurs who need these small loans to grow their businesses so they can support their families and send their children to school.


Students checked out the borrower profiles on Kiva.org and learned about what countrie...

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Learning about social entrepreneurship and micro-loans...

Posted on September 18, 2016 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

After reading the true story of how Kojo and his Mother lifted themselves, along with their village in Kenya, out of poverty with "one small loan" - we discussed microfinancing , how it works and how it especially impacts under-resourced countries where people don't have access to traditional banking services.


Our CEL Social Entrepreneurship students worked in groups to explore and then present conce...

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