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Take a peek into our 6th grade Social Entrepreneurship class offered through our SCH Academy Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

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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!


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 the feasibility of each proposal...



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 countries are under-resourced and what kinds of businesses Kiva borrowers engage in...


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 concepts related to loans vs donation, poverty and resources, microfinancing and Kiva.org.


Our 16-17 School Year class adventures coming soon...

Posted on September 9, 2016 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Stay tuned for news about what our new round of Social Entrepreneurship/Kiva students have been up to...

APRIL - Kiva Club re-invests loan repayments...

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Our involvement with Kiva and microlending continues - even after our Social Entrepreneurship courses have ended for the year!  Students from both classes have voluntarily met over lunch time several times to learn about their Kiva lona repayments and to choose NEW Kiva borrowers to re-invest in.  


Our 5th grade students LOVE the idea that once the Kiva borrowers that they originally invested in -- 16 borrowers, in all -- repay their loans, that money goes back into our SCH Team Kiva account and they get to choose even more borrowers to lend to!  They are now up to investing loans to 22 borrowers in just a few months time!


Our 5th grade Social Entrepreneurship students are enjoying this opportunity to make a continuing impact on the lives of Kiva borrowers around the world by investing in their businesses and helping their families.


WEEK 10 - Final Week Reflections

Posted on March 12, 2016 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Students checked on their KIVA borrowers and took some time to reflect on their experiences and learning in the Social Entrepreneurship class. Most of the students are interested continuing their connection with KIVA and their borrowers, so we'll be meeting once a month as a "KIVA Club" to track their loans and re-invest their loan repayments. Here are excerpts from their reflections.


WEEK 9 - KIVA Borrowers and our Team Kiva Loan Profile

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

After completing their country research, students determined which countries they wanted to loan to and explored KIVA borrower profiles in those countries. They allocated their $700 earnings over twelve borrowers across five continents with businesses ranging from agriculture, to sewing, to market stores and education. 


WEEK 8 - KIVA Karnival Results & Country Research

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The KIVA Karnival was a success! The Social Entrepreneurs sold out of most of their awesome handmade items: clay animals, clay charms and key rings, decorated journals, snow globes, dict tape wallets and tulip pens, cell phone cases PLUS lots of baked goods and 20 pizzas!  The students also organized a raffle, book sale, face painting, giant connect four and other games!  They earned over $700 to loan through KIVA.



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