The following day, the Penn Microfinance Club hosted a successful conference at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology, featuring industry leaders including Sam-Daley Harris, and Rupert Scofield. (What better place to have a MF conference; after all, poverty does belong museums, right?!) Matt and Premal’s ‘tag-team style keynote’ brought the house down; and the energy in the room was the perfect ingress to the microfinance reception that followed. Our greatest supporters to date, Halloran Philanthropies, co-hosted the evening reception with Kiva, which welcomed 200 students, lenders, and professionals. In fact, we even met some local “KivaFriends”! Executive director of Halloran Philanthropies, Tony Carr, was SO impressed with the Capoiera demonstration from the previous night, he booked them on the spot! The performance stole the night and Premal even debuted his famous dance move, “the worm”.
However, my favorite moment of the night was this: I was having a conversation with one of our KivaFriends, when she casually revealed that the first loan that she had ever made on Kiva was to a Samoan dressmaker. Immediately, we learned that this borrower was indeed Senerita Lilli, our guest from Samoa! This strange, yet fateful, coincidence confirms my belief in the power of connections and the foundation in which Kiva has been built. The lender and borrower embraced; and to me, that is magic.
On behalf of Kiva, we’re thankful to Advanta, Halloran Philanthropies, and Penn Microfinance Club for a wonderful few days in Philadelphia, PA.
- Rupa Modi