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born 1977

Jessica Jackley always wanted to help take on poverty, but traditional philanthropy left her feeling overwhelmed, guilty + distant from the poor. She found a solution when she discovered microfinance. Following one of her own fav bits of advice {"run towards the things you love"}, Jessica quit her job and took a research trip to Africa to see how she could help. Soon after, she co-founded the 1st worldwide, peer-to-peer microlending marketplace. $880 million in lifesaving small-scale loans later, Kiva is still goes strong. So is Jessica ~ a sought-after speaker who continues to advocate for economies based on sharing + participating in each others' stories. She is always on the lookout for the next big project that will empower entrepreneurs everywhere as they seek a better life.

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all quotes by Jessica Jackley (17)

"Realizing how ridiculously privileged I was compared to most of the world, I felt like I wouldn't know how to be a human being on the planet if I didn't pay attention to the lives of all the other people."

Her goal: end poverty, one loan at a time | november 2008

"I love seeing people believe in each other, expect more from each other and believe in the possibility for change for themselves and other people."

Her goal: end poverty, one loan at a time | november 2008

"The stories we tell about each other matter very much. The stories we tell ourselves about our own lives matter. And most of all, I think the way that we participate in each other's stories is of deep importance."

Poverty, money - and love | july 2010

"The best way for people to change their lives is for them to have control."

Poverty, money -- and love | july 2010

"Loans are a very interesting tool for connectivity."

Poverty, money -- and love | july 2010

"Kiva borrowers . . . have taught me what entrepreneurship is. And I think, at its core, it's deciding that you want your life to be better."

Poverty, money -- and love | july 2010

"For me, the best way to be inspired to try is to stop and to listen to someone else's story."

Poverty, money - and love | july 2010

"To me, Kiva's really about stories. It's about retelling the story of the poor, and it's about giving ourselves an opportunity to engage that validates their dignity."

Poverty, money - and love | july 2010

"We created ProFounder with the intention of shaping a healthier–and more efficacious–culture that gives everyone on our team the opportunity to be a full person, not just a cog in a machine."

The Pregnant Entrepreneur and The VC Who Wouldn't Fund Her | april 2011

"The idea that mothers are the de facto 'foundation parents' to a new baby (or multiples) perpetuates the stereotypes and structures that make it more difficult for anyone, male or female, to balance work and family in the first place."

The Pregnant Entrepreneur and The VC Who Wouldn't Fund Her | april 2011

"There’s really no correlation between eating takeout everyday or skipping that 30-minute jog again and great entrepreneurial success."

The Pregnant Entrepreneur and The VC Who Wouldn't Fund Her | april 2011

"As all entrepreneurs know, you live and die by your ability to prioritize."

The Pregnant Entrepreneur and The VC Who Wouldn't Fund Her | april 2011

"Being dedicated to someone else or to a group of people will make you your best self."

UCLA Commencement address | june 2012

"A lot of creative paths are self-nominated positions."

UCLA Commencement address | june 2012

"Eventually, this virtuous cycle of 'give-get' begins . . . The 'give' has to come first."

UCLA Commencement address | june 2012

"Money is just one currency."

on Money | february 2013

"Find your voice. This means expressing something about you and what you believe. It is the first step toward doing valuable action in the world."

Jessica Jackley: Stories of Poverty and Entrepreneurship | may 2013
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curated with care by Alicia Williamson {october 2014}