Sunday, February 1, 2009

Help Launch LendForPeace, Microfinance in the Middle East!

A group of students at Penn, including an Orthodox Jew and a Palestininan American, have started LendForPeace (a wordplay on Land for Peace) a Kiva-type Microfinance loan direct fund aimed at fostering Middle East Peace. It's a very idealistic mission - that by lending to West Bank women micro-entrepreneurs, hope for the future will trump ideology and despair. They are launching the fund at a talk and event at Penn this THursday night and the community is invited. Come and support these awesome students!
I am bowled over by how much these students have accomplished. If you're in the Delaware Valley, come to help them launch. If you're out there in cyberspace, go to the site and lend away! Here's the info:
For those of you who have been following the story since the time over a year ago when was nothing but an idea, we have some exciting news that has been a long time coming: is proud to announce that it will launch to the world on February 5th, 2009!

Come be a part of the excitement by joining us at our launch event. As all four of’s founders have current or previous ties with the University of Pennsylvania, we thought there was no better place to launch the site than on Penn’s campus in Philadelphia. Here are the details: Philadelphia Launch Event
7:00 PM, Thursday February 5, 2009
Jon M. Huntsman Hall F95
University of Pennsylvania
3730 Walnut Street

The launch event will include a presentation by the founders, an invocation from University Chaplain Chas Howard and a keynote address on active citizenship by Dr. John DiIulio, the first Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives.

Our Philadelphia launch is brought to you in partnership with the Penn Israel Coalition, Penn for Palestine, the Penn Arab Students Society, Fox Leadership, the Middle East Center, PRISM, and the Penn Microfinance Club.

We plan to run events in a variety of other cities in the coming months to bring to you. If you would like to host a launch event in your city, let us know by emailing Team[at] If you cannot make it to Philadelphia on the 5th, please visit us via the web next week and participate in’s mission to promote economic opportunity and political stability in the Middle East through microfinance.

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