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Featured April Events

Free Movie Screening: Girl Rising
Wednesday, April 8
5:00pm – 8:00pm

PG&E’s Women’s Network and W-STEM network, and their community sponsor Spark, are honored to be screening Girl Rising From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. This event also includes time for networking and a post-film discussion. Read more

BAIL Banter: Perspectives from Bay Area Internationalists (Nozomi Witherspoon)

BAIL Banter is a series of interviews with San Francisco Bay Area experts and members of the BAIL community. If you’d like to be interviewed or to recommend someone we should feature, please contact Prairie Summer.

For this edition, we are pleased to introduce Nozomi Witherspoon, International Programs Manager at She joined in September 2014 and is now launching and implementing programs in Africa and Latin America. Nozomi also leads the coordination of market and impact assessments, and works closely with her team members in country offices and other strategic departments in to maximize impact on the ground. Read more

Microlending and Islam: New lessons from the old world

By: Michael Looft

As a crowd-funding peer-to-peer lending platform, Kiva has helped to shape a nascent and burgeoning movement towards increased access to finance. For those not familiar with Kiva, our mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. We are based in San Francisco and currently work with 270 partners in 77 countries around the world, allowing them to raise funds for microfinance loans on our site. Over the past nine years our lenders have funded nearly $600 million in loans, helping well over a million of the world’s poor.

While Kiva’s model has inspired other crowdfunding sites that have extended much needed capital to additional contexts in new and innovative ways, Kiva itself has also been influenced by “old world” methods that continue to shape the lives of people around the world. Some of the best ideas are not new ones, but simply old ones assisted by new technology. In this case, we are talking about the confluence of finance, religion, and the Internet.

Wait, what was that in the middle? Religion? Yes! Kiva is using “old” religious ideas to help reshape modern microfinance. Read more