Art of Doing

No. 72 | Never Underestimate the Impact of $25 with Meg Gray of Kiva

October 29, 2018 Season 1 Episode 72
Art of Doing
No. 72 | Never Underestimate the Impact of $25 with Meg Gray of Kiva
Art of Doing
No. 72 | Never Underestimate the Impact of $25 with Meg Gray of Kiva
Oct 29, 2018 Season 1 Episode 72
Hilary Johnson
Show Notes

It’s been months in the making and today we’re delighted to share a conversation between Hilary and Meg Gray, the Director of Customer Success and Operations at Kiva. 

Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. They support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realize their potential. For some, it’s a matter of survival, for others it’s the fuel for a life-long ambition.

To date Hilary & Hatch Tribe have issued over 147 loans to women entrepreneurs in 66 countries, and we’re just getting started. We believe it’s our responsibility to pay it forward and give back, furthering Hatch Tribe’s mission to help women entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses across the world.

Today on the show you’ll hear from Meg Gray. She believes that technology has the power to create opportunity for all. In her current role as the Director of Customer Success and Operations at Kiva, she engages lenders and partner organizations to grow the impact Kiva has through its online microlending platform.

Meg has always gotten a thrill out making systems work better, especially when alleviating poverty is the goal. Through a mix of process development, product management and testing new ideas, she is focused on increasing efficiency to facilitate sustainable growth. These traits show up in her previous roles at Kiva as well as her past work at SHARE El Salvador, the Child Care Resource Center and as Chair of the Board of the Refugee Center Online.

Outside of work, Meg is an avid baker and reader who dreams of running the perfect little bookstore/cafe in an alternate life. (We love this! And hey, it could happen in this lifetime!)

We explore these hot topics!

  • The impact of microlending 
  • The lack of access to capital for women, barriers such as collateral, and what Kiva is doing to change that
  • How entrepreneurs in the United States can access a 0% interest loan through Kiva. Learn more HERE
  • “Income smoothing” and how entrepreneurship increases wellbeing and care for families (ie. being able to feed your children & take a sick one to the doctor versus have to choose one or the other)
  • The intersection of women’s rights, womens empowerment, and entrepreneurship
  • And Kiva’s recent announcement of a MOU with the government of Sierra Leone to develop a true “Credit Bureau”. Read more HERE


  • This week your mission is to Issue a loan via Kiva! With just $25 you are creating new opportunity & possibility for entrepreneurs across the world. Join the Hatch Tribe lending team at this link and then let us know what loans you invest in!
  • Together we can change the world. For realz.

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