Hero Study:

Greg Mortenson: Three Cups of Tea
Young Adult Three Cups of Tea
Young Adult Three Cups of Tea

The Young Readers Edition/ Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Journey to Change the World...One Child at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Social Entrepreneurship:

Video Created by the Skoll Foundation


Pennies a Day Video: About Muhamad Yunus's transformational work in Bangladesh


Courtesy of CNBC (
Airtime: Wed. Dec. 5 2007 | :00:0 07 ET
A look at how big banks are making a big difference in developing nations, one small loan at a time.

Fistful of Dollars
This is a terrific movie made by Kiva fellow--Kieran Ball--that helps viewers understand how a loan actually gets disbursed to the entrepreneur.

A Fistful Of Dollars: The Story of a Loan from Kieran Ball on Vimeo.

Kiva Curriculum

Kiva Book Selections for Kids

Rickshaw Girl
One Grain of Rice
Rickshaw Girl, by Mitali Perkins, illustrated by Jamie Hogan

Naima, a ten-year-old Bangladeshi girl has a series of misadventures while trying to help her family earn money. Her talent for painting leads to an unexpected opportunity, while young readers get to learn about microfinance through a colorful woman-owned rickshaw shop.
One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale written and illustrated by Demi

Exotic, beautiful, and instructive, this "mathematical folktale" by author-illustrator Demi emerged from her love of India. The narrative and the evocative illustrations combine to create a real sense of the culture and atmosphere of this romantic land. It's the story of Rani, a clever girl who outsmarts a very selfish raja and saves her village. When offered a reward for a good deed, she asks only for one grain of rice, doubled each day for 30 days. Remember your math? That's lots of rice: enough to feed a village for a good long time--and to teach a greedy raja a lesson.

Kiva Book Suggestions for Adults

Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty, by Muhammad Yunus
This is a great introduction to microfinance - an easy read which tells, in his own words, the story of how Muhammad Yunus started Grameen Bank (one of the first microfinance operations which is now an independent bank in Bangladesh).

The Economics of Microfinance by Beatriz Armendariz deAghion and Jonathan Morduch
Not for the weak of heart - this is a very in-depth book focusing on the economics of microfinance, which is used often as a college text book.

The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, by Jeffrey Sachs.
Jeffrey Sachs has a 9 step plan to eliminate extreme poverty by the year 2025. Not directly related to microfinance, but directly related to the reason Kiva facilitates it.

A Billion Bootstraps by Philip Smith and Eric Thurman
A bold manifesto by two business leaders, A Billion Bootstraps shows why microcredit is the world's most powerful poverty-fighting movement-and an unbeatable investment for your charitable donations. A Billion Bootstraps explains how ordinary people can accelerate the microcredit movement by investing charitable donations in specific programs and then leveraging those contributions so the net cost to lift one person out of poverty is remarkably low.

Micro loans

Grameen Bank
Muhammad Yunus
Living Goods
Nobel Prize
Women's Initiative

Global Poverty

Cate Biggs talks about poverty in the video below. Check out her Power Point presentation.

World Savvy Monitor : Free Online Publication About World Affairs for Educators

Background Information & Geography

Christian Science Monitor
CIA World Factbook
Global Heritage Fund
Google Maps
National Geographic for Kids
UNICEF – Info by Country
United Nations Kids

Human Rights

UNICEF Humanitarian Action Report 2008
UNICEF Humanitarian Photo Essay
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Wikipedia – Human Rights

Fair Trade

Fair Trade Certified—home page
Fair Trade Certified Certification Services
Fair Trade Foundation
Oxfam – Fair Trade

Stewardship & Power