Moving On: Kiva and Small Business Events


Seems like with my earlier post feeling stuck the blog posts also got stuck. But the show must go on and so will the blog posts. 
 
Can you believe this? Shopify being the big e-commerce site does not have reply option for comments? I have to install a third-party app to reply to my readers' messages. How difficult is it to add a simple reply! ...Moving on!
 
Last week was super hectic.I had back to back events. That means my poor husband had to be home early to take care of the kids.
The events were more like networking events. These were my first networking events.I was super happy that I went. These events have boosted my confidence by leaps and bounds. I took my bag along, and everyone was super impressed! Their energy just propelled me.  With that energy boost, I think I would survive for days had I not eaten. Hmm, but I did eat:).
 
Just one connection will open up an entire window of opportunities.  Thanks to my lovely instructor Maria.Psst.. I am going to write a separate post about how and why she became my instructor and what she was teaching me!. Back to the job.I want to talk about two events in particular.
Kiva Small business
 
One was Kiva USA San Jose launch. As a small business owner, I am in constant need of cash flow to build my company brick by brick. In the process of finding ways to raise money, I have come to know about Kiva. Kiva is a crowdfunding platform(More like a Crowd Lending platform). Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending. Kiva supports people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.    
By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realize their potential. For some, it’s a matter of survival, for others it’s the fuel for a life-long ambition.100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans. Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations, as well as through support from grants and sponsors.
 
I am soon planning to launch a campaign on Kiva! If you are a small business owner, you should prepare to launch on Kiva. Best part the loan is offered at 0% interest once your campaign is successful! 
 
The next event was Festive All event. Hosted by Hispanic Chamber of commerce. Many small businesses gathered for the evening. For me, it was another chance for networking and collaboration. I went on behalf of Anewamerica(Shout out to Tara! She was awesome!) San Jose.It was fun catching up with some business owners. My favorites were Jay the Medicine Women from OM Infusion(You should check her website out!) and floral designs by Innetta walker!  Check out the Facebook live I did for this event!.
 
I can now see the importance and the real value the networking brings. 
That's it for today! Take care now!
Madhu

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