Friday, July 30, 2010

Love Kiva

I love it when my friends "live their values" so I make it a point to support their philanthropy projects -- and this is a really good one. For those of you not familiar with Kiva, they grant small loans around the world to alleviate poverty. My (CWRU Alpha Chi Omega) friend Val is a member of Kiva New York. Val shared that they are holding a 5k race fundraiser and what I really love about it (besides that it's a great cause) is that everyone can participate, no matter where they are. Here's the scoop:

Join us in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York for our first ever Run4Kiva 5K on Sunday, August 29th at 10:00am, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Road Runners Club.

This run is open to everyone, no matter your location, or fitness level. All proceeds go to support Kiva entrepreneurs through the non-withdrawable New York Team Fund. Any question – talk to us at

Only $20 to sign up now.
$25 if you sign up as a Virtual Runner

For every non-Kiva lender that signs up, a loan will be made in your honor by one of our lenders, Vin Vajjhala, to the New York team on, supporting more entrepreneurs around the world and empowering them to get out of poverty.

Sign up by August 7th for a free t-shirt. Trophies/medals will be given for top 3 in each age category, so sign up now. Thank you to our current sponsors:, Hint Water, and Utz( Want to be a sponsor? Email us at

Other Details:
Packet Pick up: TBD
How to get there: F train to 15th street or N/R to 19th street and 4th avenue

This great video explains how Kiva works:

A Fistful Of Dollars: The Story of a Loan from Kieran Ball on Vimeo.

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