What a fabulous Women in Social Enterprise gathering we had! Want to know what we talked about? Then keep reading for all things SE and cool ways to plug in. Attend to share in the riveting dating stories, food and drink!
We started with introductions and then got a brief presentation from Sydnie on Kiva Zip! Sydnie has been on a fellowship here in LA from Canada and she shared info on Kiva Zip. Kiva Zip is part of Kiva.org (a platform that joins microfinance loans and crowdfunding together). Sydnie has been helping folks locally who have a new business or are growing a new business and need a loan. Initial loans are $5,000. Loans have a zero percent interest rate. Every day people can help make other people's entrepreneurial dreams come true with as little as $5 towards a loan.
Who gets helped? Folks like Mario of Milagrosa Market. It has always been a dream of his to own his own business. Now he has his own store and is looking to provide healthy choices in his shop and needs a loan to purchase more food products!
What else did we learn about? Some cool companies mentioned below.
Nexleaf Analytics- Nexleaf Analytics is a nonprofit technology company that builds wirelessly connected devices and sensor technologies for critical public health and environmental interventions. One of our SE members, Tara, works here!
Enrou- Enrou is a central marketplace for fashionable products that empowers developing communities around the world.
rHope- rHope’s Purpose is to empower the artisans who make our beautiful products and you, the consumer, who purchases them. SE member, Kristeen, is Co-Founder.
Chicklauncher- Connecting women entrepreneurs with the resources they need to achieve success!
Crowdfunder- Connecting entrepreneurs with investors around the world to help fund their business and fuel economic growth.
Come to our next women in social enterprise gathering on Wednesday Septemeber 3rd at the Hub LA. We will have a tour of Hub LA and also hear a bit from member Magen on raising capital for your project. Join our Women in Social Enterprise Facebook Group to be plugged in.
Looking for other incredible social enterprise events in LA. Check out this link by Hostess to Hostess.