Friday, February 27, 2009 Microfinance Founder to Speak on 3/7

Georgina Allen (IPE '08) sends this invitation:

Please join SeaMo (Seattle Microfinance) at Town Hall in Seattle as we host Matt Flannery, the CEO and Co-Founder of, at 7pm on March 5th. Matt will discuss microcredit as a means of poverty eradication, how technology helps facilitate development, and Kiva’s plans to continue innovating. Tickets are limited, so purchase now at Brown Paper Tickets.

Kiva is an innovative peer-to-peer microcredit site that enables individuals to make small loans to microentrepreneurs around the world. Matt has been featured on Oprah, written about in Bill Clinton’s book, Giving, and lauded on the CNN Heroes program. Matt began developing Kiva in late 2004 as a side-project while working as a computer programmer at TiVo, Inc. In December 2005 Matt left his job to devote himself to Kiva full-time. As CEO, Matt has led Kiva’s growth from a pilot project to an established online service with partnerships across the globe and millions in dollars loaned to low income entrepreneurs.

Students who are interested in carpooling in a UPS van can contact Georgina Allen by Tuesday March 3rd.

Where: Town Hall 1119 Eighth Avenue Seattle, WA 98101

When: 7pm, March 5th (doors open at 6:15pm)

Price: Students $5 General $10

Event Information: Ryan Calkins or

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