About four and a half years ago, I was on a plane to Kenya, about to begin a new job doing microenterprise development throughout East Africa. The next three months would change my life, as I’d meet more than 100 entrepreneurs whose stories would inspire the creation of Jessica Jackley Flannery cofounded Kiva, the first peer-to-peer microlending Web site, and believes that microfinance, relationships, and stories are powerful tools for change. She holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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