Friday, May 24, 2013

Kiva and Flint Combine to Help Local Businesses

Looking for a way to help Flint businesses prosper? Consider a Kiva loan. Jeremy Allen of The Flint Journal describes how it works:
Kiva is the world’s first online lending platform which enables members of the community to act as a business' collective lender through the use of microloans. The microloans allow community members to make loans ranging from $25- $5,000 to business owners, with hopes that it leads to the building of vibrant communities.
Michigan Corps recently launched Kiva Flint to specifically target businesses in the Vehicle City. 
Three Flint small businesses are currently raising funds for their expansion and growth, and we would greatly appreciate your help in building a community around these businesses.

There are generally two things we are looking for from people:
1 -  Lend directly to one of these great Flint businesses.
2 -  Spread the word and share these pages widely. Online mediums are best (email, social media, etc), but anything helps!

Here are the borrower's respective links:

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