Jessica Jackley, the founder of Kiva, (a service making it possible for everyday people to be lenders – not donors – to poor who are working to better their lives) tells her story of wanting to help the poor but feeling frustrated and depressed by the images and stories of poverty offered by our culture.
In her TED Talk, you can hear what changed her image of “the poor” and inspired her to found Kiva:
“We already do care, and love is resilient enough for us to get out there and try.
For me, the best way to be inspired to try is to listen to someone else’s story. Whenever I do that – guaranteed – I am inspired, I am inspired by the person I am listening to. And I believe, more and more every time I listen, in that person’s potential to do great things in the world, and in my own potential to help.
Believing in each other, really being sure that each one of us can do amazing things in the world: that is what can make our stories into love stories, and our collective story into one that continually perpetuates hope and good things for all of us. This belief in each other, and practicing it each day in whatever you do: that is what I believe will change the world and will make tomorrow better than today.
- TEDTalks: Jessica Jackley: Poverty, money — and love (huffingtonpost.com)
- Gina Harman: How Microfinance Is Fueling A New Small Business Wave (huffingtonpost.com)
- Kiva.org Expands Microloans To College Students (huffingtonpost.com)
- 5 Reasons Why Listening is so Much More than Monitoring (conversationagent.com)