The 8-part BBC World News series on social entrepreneurs, Alvin’s Guide to Good Business, wraps up this week with a look at Kiva, led by 2008 Skoll social entrepreneurs Matt Flannery and Premal Shah. Kiva has been at the forefront of online peer-to-peer microlending, with nearly $130 million in loans to date going from some 695,000 lenders to 328,000 small entrepreneurs around the world. The episode details Kiva’s work in Tanzania, with presenter Alvin Hall checking up on the results of a microloan he makes through Kiva. You can read a BBC Online companion article. If you get BBC World News via broadcast, you can check to see when the episode will air over the next week.
Watch the episode below, then head to Kiva.org to make your own loan. It’s a great way to create a growing pool of development finance for entrepreneurial individuals facing daunting economic challenges who need some seed money to get a business going.