Kiva and Silatech Launch Online Entrepreneur Micro-loans

Monday, March 12, 2012

Online micro-lending platform Kiva has announced a partnership with Qatar’s Silatech to develop an online funding programme for young Arab entrepreneurs.

The Kiva Arab Youth campaign will allow people to make loans online of amounts as low as $25, to help fund local business start-ups.

Silatech, a social enterprise formed to help create jobs for Arab youth, will provide up to $125,000 to match loans made via the campaign.

Lenders will be able to invite family and friends to support their selected projects, and create lending teams to combine efforts. The platform will also allow leaders in their communities or organizations to come together to promote the campaign through their networks. Corporations and social investors can contribute along with Silatech toward boosting their loan matching funds, encouraging more individuals to lend.

Kiva and Silatech are also identifying additional local and regional microfinance partners.

“Charity has traditionally played a large role in the social fabric of Arab societies,” said Ramakant Vempati, senior advisor, Strategy, in Silatech’s Microenterprise Unit. “Through Silatech’s partnership with Kiva we are offering new, innovative and technology-enabled ways to direct that sense of social responsibility toward young Arabs struggling to build a sustainable future.”

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