In December, We Are Pop Up attended Kiva’s Zip’s New York City launch. We’d heard about Kiva’s international work, but when we saw what they were doing in New York, We Are Pop Up was blown away. Aside from the fact that Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker and the event was being held in the beautiful IAC building, we were excited to attend the launch because Kiva is an organization whose values mirror our own, creating a democratic marketplace that sparks entrepreneurs, neighborhoods and cities. Kiva Zip is a peer-to-peer microlending platform where entrepreneurs can raise money from friends and family as well as Kiva’s generous community of more than 1.1 million potential lenders. The lending model opens up capital to business owners regardless of established credit or how long they’ve been in business. And, there’s zero percent interest! Kiva NYC has already connected thousands of small-dollar lenders to 300 local entrepreneurs.
Today, we’re excited to announce a partnership between We Are Pop Up and Kiva Zip. Over the next year, we’ll be working with Kiva’s New York team to open up retail opportunities throughout the city. At the same time, we’ll help the We Are Pop Up community take advantage of Kiva’s zero-interest loans. By joining forces, We Are Pop Up and Kiva will fortify their entrepreneurial communities to build and scale businesses more quickly. Lenders will also be able to sponsor ShopShare opportunities for their Kiva borrowers. Two of our foodie entrepreneurs, TrySome and Especially Puglia, already took advantage of the P2P lending opportunity to raise $10,000 quickly, and with none of the nonsense interest. They then reinvested those loans into their innovative food startups. To learn more about Kiva Zip’s zero-interest loans, check out zip.kiva.org/borrow. Questions, comments, want to slow clap in celebration? Shoot We Are Pop Up Managing Director Greg Spielberg an email at email@example.com or give a ring at 207-522-6715.