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So how do these two things relate to each other? by Lauren W.

Posted on November 21, 2019 at 10:15 AM

We learned about Kiva and the lives of the Kiva borrowers in our CEL Social Entrepreneurship class. We also dived into the world of the United Nations Global Goals. So how do these two things relate to each other? The Kiva borrowers need loans to help their businesses grow, send their children to school, and for many more opportunities. The Global Goals aim to help the world be a better place, such as No Poverty, Gender Equality, Quality Education, and Climate Action. By loaning through Kiva, we are helping to achieve the Global Goals - and Kiva borrowers are our partners in this, whether they know it or not! Common U.N. Goals that are represented in almost every loan on Kiva are No Poverty because Kiva is helping them get out of poverty by giving them the loan, Gender Equality because women with businesses are often the ones who are taking out Kiva loans, and Zero Hunger because many Kiva loans are made to farmers, who then harvest the crops to feed their families and sell to help other people to get food.



This year, I loaned to a Kiva borrower named Quynh, from Vietnam. She needed a loan of $1,300 to buy acacia tree seedlings and pay the workers that work on her farm. On her farm, she raises poultry and grows trees for industrial use. The Global Goals that I helped support in Quynh’s loan are No Poverty and Gender Equality because she is a woman, Quality Education because she wants to use the profit money to send her kids to school, and Climate Action and Life on Land because she is going to plant trees to help the environment. I have learned a lot about the world through Kiva and this CEL class, and I will always remember these lessons.

 

For more on information, check out:

https/www.kiva.org/ 

https/www.globalgoals.org/ 


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11 Comments

Reply Charlotte T
8:48 AM on January 8, 2020 
I really like how Lauren explained the global goals really well. She made everybody realize the connection between Kiva and the Global Goals because by lending to Kiva borrowers gives them the chance to start their own business and reduce inequalities. Lauran loaned to someone who needed to pay her workers. This shows Kiva has a process that works around the world. First, the money goes from the lender- then to the borrower- then back to the lender or to people that work for the borrower- then it goes around and around.
Reply Imogen L.
8:38 AM on January 8, 2020 
I like how you really show the connection with the Kiva loans and U.N Global goals and how one loan can help with many different U.N. goals. Although most Kiva loans help with Global Goals like No Poverty, Gender Equality, and Zero Hunger there are also many other goals that Kiva loans can help with. You point out that the Kiva borrowers aren't just people we're helping, they're our partners in completing the U.N. goals. It shows that we're not the only ones helping and that depending on who you loan to, there are many different goals that not only you, but the borrower helps with.
Reply Mira P
8:34 AM on January 8, 2020 
I thought that what Lauren said about how many Kiva borrowers are women and how many of these loans are used to escape poverty is really cool and super important. These are two very big problems that need to get solved because, in many places, gender inequality is still a huge problem, many women are still not treated with the respect that they deserve. I also think that many countries are underserved and many people struggle with poverty. I think that No Poverty and Gender Equality are important United Nations global goals.
Reply Zauri .J
8:28 AM on January 8, 2020 
This post got me thinking about the connections between Kiva and the UN Global Goals. It made me think when we're loaning to Kiva borrowers and they're asking for loans to support themselves or their families, we are also helping to reach the global goals of No Hunger and No Poverty and so are other Kiva loaners. It makes me think about how we're lucky to have these things like food, shelter, and water. When we look at the Global Goals and Kiva, we realize that not everyone has what we have and we should be especially thankful for it.
Reply Jahi
1:05 PM on January 6, 2020 
Lauren, I think that you are correct about how we need to focus on education and climate change. Many people think that it is all just a joke but they said that our planet will be uninhabitable in 100 years. I believe that education is needed so the same mistakes that were made in the past are not done again. Mankind should learn from its mistakes but if we don't do something about global warming we won't be able to learn from it because It is a mistake we won't be alive anymore. I think that you are correct and that this post shows how you care about the environment. You did a good job on your project. I liked your post.
Reply Will P
11:25 AM on January 6, 2020 
She learned about Kiva and the lives of the Kiva borrowers in CEL class. She also dived into the world of the United Nations Global Goals. What Lauren also said was The Global Goals aim to help the world be a better place, such as No Poverty, Gender Equality, Quality Education, and Climate Action. By loaning through Kiva, she was helping to achieve the Global Goals - to Kiva borrowers are the partners of Kiva. After she stated all of the Global Goals she talked about Common U.N. Goals that are represented in almost every loan on Kiva are No Poverty because Kiva is helping them get out of poverty by giving them the loan.
Reply Luki M.
11:08 AM on January 6, 2020 
Lauren, when I read your post, I thought it was really great. It made me feel like she was actually talking to me. I enjoyed how you talked about Quynh the woman you loaned to who lived in Vietnam and needed a loan to buy Acai seedlings to pay her workers at her farm. Very well done!
Reply Charlton M.
11:06 AM on January 6, 2020 
Lauren talked about the people she loan to through KIVA. In class we have been talking about some of the things she brought up in her blog post. I can connect to her in a way because I have also loaned to people on kiva.org. Some things that she brought up that I thought were important and were also the UN goals, such as Good Health and Well-Being, Life on Land, Gender Equality and many more goals. One thing I did not know is that you can get a loan so people can send their kids to school so their kids can get a good education.
Reply Reed.K
10:52 AM on January 6, 2020 
When I read your blog Lauren, I learned much more about the U.N. global goal. I like how you are helping farmers with your Kiva loans and like the goal of getting rid of famine (Zero Hunger). I would have chosen climate action because I think that global warming could affect the Earth way more than we humans could ever imagine, like the rising sea levels could potentially flood coastal cities, which could happen due to all of the Ice caps melting all over the world. I do know that lots of countries are facing this great famine so I would probably pick a Kiva borrower in the agricultural unit (Farming). I really liked your blog and I think it really explained Kiva and what everyone does to help people around the world.
Reply Robbie.M
12:05 PM on December 19, 2019 
I like how you loaned to someone who was using the money to help the environment and to send their kids to school. I can relate when you said that you learned a lot about the world through Kiva. I agree with the blog post that a lot of people take things for granted. And that it shouldn't be that way because many people are much less fortunate than others.
Reply Sami
9:13 PM on November 21, 2019 
Great cause to support!