Kiva Zip and Malena Join Forces to Launch Crowd Funded Order Platform

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Kiva Zip and Malena LLC are jointly launching an innovative crowd funded order platform that introduces a new and unique way to support Kiva's community of artisans and entrepreneurs.

It was announced today that Kiva Zip, in partnership with Malena, is launching an innovative crowd funded order platform (http://malena.com/campaign-for-rock-pillar) that introduces a new and unique way to support Kiva’s community of artisans and entrepreneurs.

It works like this: You invest in an entrepreneur or small business to fulfill an order of their products, and in return you receive a Malena gift card of equal value, to use in the Malena Marketplace, for that entrepreneur’s goods, or any others in the marketplace, anytime you like.

It’s a brand new way to shop, to support growing Kiva businesses, and to make a positive social impact on communities by simply shopping for beautiful goods.

Flynn Coleman, founder and CEO of Malena, said: “We believe Kiva Zip is the perfect partner for us. They help many small businesses get their start and tell their stories, and this new order platform we created is a way to help grow their businesses and access new marketplaces, that will help us continue on our mutual journey to support the voices, futures, and dignity of these entrepreneurs, while having a hugely positive social impact on communities.”

Spencer Larkin, US Lead of Kiva Zip said: “This novel order funding technology is a great way for us to continue to work with Kiva Zip funded businesses and to help them access new markets for their products. It also offers our many loyal Kiva Lenders an inventive way to continue to support these businesses as conscious shoppers of Malena’s beautiful goods.”

This new crowdfunding platform will help invest in the dreams of Kiva supported artisans, entrepreneurs, cooperatives, and groups. Check out the first campaign for an order of Rock+Pillar’s fabulous handmade shoes and bags at http://malena.com/campaign-for-rock-pillar. Join Malena and Kiva in this new initiative, and become a changemaker and an investor in dreams.

About Kiva Zip: Kiva Zip (https://zip.kiva.org) is a US focused division of Kiva.org, a non-profit micro lender with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, by providing safe, affordable capital to help people create better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.

About Malena LLC: Malena (http://www.malena.com) is a social enterprise, platform, and ecommerce marketplace that supports a global community of artisans and entrepreneurs by helping them grow their businesses, tell their stories, and by providing a global market for their goods. Find Malena on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/shopmalena

Contact:
connect(at)malena(dot)com
spencerl(at)kiva(dot)org

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