Impactfully No. 38: Global lending

This week, Kiva connects lenders to underserved communities around the world, New Story tackles homelessness to powerful economic effect, and Rubicon envisions a world without waste.

Impactfully No. 38: Global lending
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This week, we're giving it up for microlending where people provide small loans to individuals or businesses in countries around the world. With access to microloans, individuals can invest in their businesses, education, and communities with positive ripple effects on the local economy.

In many cases, these loans can mean the difference between financial stability and poverty. The best part is that these are loans, not donations – when loans are paid back, the capital can be reinvested in the next business, creating a powerful wave of economic prosperity. It's social impact at low cost and high return.

Our featured company this week, Kiva, has helped facilitate over $1.6 billion of microloans to nearly 4 million borrowers, positively impacting the lives of individuals and communities in over 75 countries. Through Kiva's platform, lenders have the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of people in need and support the growth of microfinance as a means of poverty alleviation.

Many of the companies in our newsletter this week are working globally like Kiva. If you want to change the world, this is your week! Let's get to the job opportunities:

Kiva is a nonprofit that crowdfunds loans for entrepreneurs and small business owners in underserved communities around the world. Their impact numbers are impressive across the board – this is an organization where you can truly have a global impact.

  • Chief Technology Officer – Portland, OR or San Francisco, CA
  • Senior Machine Learning Engineer – Remote
  • Director of Accounting Operations – Remote
  • User Funds Accounting Analyst – Remote
  • Manager, Strategic Partnerships – Remote
  • Impact Content Manager – Remote

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Thrive Market is an online grocer and Certified B Corp that specializes in healthy and sustainable products. For every membership purchased, they give away one to someone in need.

  • Senior Accountant – Remote
  • Sr. Accounting Systems Manager – Remote
  • Lead Data Analyst – Remote
  • Lead Data Engineer – Remote
  • Quality Assurance Engineer – Remote
  • Senior iOS Engineer – Remote
  • Fulfillment Site Director – Batesville, IN
  • Operations Manager, Fulfillment – Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Growth Marketing Manager, Search & Shopping – Remote

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New Story is a nonprofit helping to end homelessness around the world by building communities to house families. To date, they have impacted more than 14,000 lives in Haiti, El Salvador, Mexico, and Bolivia.

  • Prospect Researcher – Remote
  • Director of Development, Major Gifts – Remote
  • Senior Philanthropy Officer – Remote
  • Senior Manager of Institutional Giving – Remote

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The Honest Company is a consumer goods company that produces eco-friendly and non-toxic products for babies, personal care, and cleaning. They give back in multiple ways, from donating products to volunteering in the local community – you can get paid for some of your volunteer time, and they offer an employee giving program.

  • Cost/Inventory Accounting Manager – Playa Vista, CA
  • GL Accounting Manager – Playa Vista, CA
  • Staff Inventory Accountant – Playa Vista, CA
  • Email & SMS Marketing Manager – Playa Vista, CA

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Better World Books is an online bookstore that has donated more than 35 million books and offers a grant program to libraries and literacy efforts. Their work with used books is really cool as well: they accept donations and recycle any books they can't sell.

  • Warehouse Associate – York, PA, Reno, NV or Mishawaka, IN

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Rubicon is a waste management company that uses technology to reduce waste and promote sustainability. Their mission is to end waste, and they have been recognized for their work in creating a circular economy.

  • Vendor Associate Lead – Remote
  • Client Services Associate (Sourcing Specialist) – Remote
  • Database Engineer – Remote

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Warby Parker is a socially conscious eyewear company that donates a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair sold. They also started a foundation to expand vision services – for example, the Pupils Project increases access to vision care in public schools. The Nashville location is new and a great opportunity to help shape the future of that office.

  • Associate Manager, Social Media Content – New York, NY
  • Customer Experience Advisor – Nashville, TN
  • Optician - Customer Experience – Nashville, TN
  • Optician (Licensed) - Customer Experience – Las Vegas, NV
  • Product Manager, Ecommerce – New York, NY
  • Senior Product Manager, Ecommerce – New York, NY
  • Principal Counsel – New York, NY
  • Associate Manager, Talent Development – Nashville, TN
  • Compensation, Senior Lead – New York, NY
  • Associate Merchant – New York, NY
  • Product Development Assistant – New York, NY
  • Manager, Strategy – New York, NY
  • Manager, Corporate Manufacturing – New York, NY
  • Engineering Manager – New York, NY

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Greyston Bakery is a bakery that provides jobs and job training for individuals who face barriers to employment, such as homelessness or incarceration. They also invest in the local community through their nonprofit arm – Greyston Foundation is hiring as well.

  • Sales Manager – Yonkers, NY
  • Senior Financial Analyst – Yonkers, NY
  • Continuous Improvement Manager – Yonkers, NY
  • HR Business Partner – Yonkers, NY
  • Staff Accountant – Yonkers, NY
  • Development Associate – Yonkers, NY

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I'm always looking for companies that help people build fulfilling lives at global scale. The key seems to be to help people help themselves: loaning them money to start a business or making education more affordable, just to name a few examples.

How could you invest in yourself this week to help you grow your impact?

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Jamie Larson