Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Our global person-to-person microlending community has an opening for entrepreneurial volunteer(s) to achieve the following:
- Increase the geographic reach of our microlending program in Ghana.
- Help bring prosperity to dozens of individuals by linking small business owners to the opportunity to raise affordable business growth capital limited only by their own performance track records.
- Contribute to the development of the world's first direct person-to-person microlending service - a model that is revolutionizing the traditional microfinance paradigm.
Zidisha is the first direct peer-to-peer lending service to bridge the international wealth divide, allowing individuals in the US and internationally to lend to and communicate with borrowers in developing countries without local intermediaries. We've been featured in numerous press and media for our groundbreaking work in using internet and mobile phone technologies to connect entrepreneurs in some of the world's most isolated and impoverished places with the international peer-to-peer lending market.
Zidisha volunteers enjoy a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in microfinance and international development program management, while extending life-changing business growth opportunities to entrepreneurs in some of the the world's most disadvantaged locations. Interns spend the majority of their time meeting with Zidisha entrepreneurs at their business locations and homes rather than doing office work.
Please note that this is an unpaid, volunteer-based position, and all expenses incurred (airfare, lodging, local transport and communication) must be self-financed by the volunteer. Dates are flexible, with minimum duration of six weeks requested.
Zidisha Ambassadors are responsible for achieving the following objectives. The activities listed in bullet points under each responsibility are some of the means whereby volunteers achieve these objectives.
1. Clients have a good understanding of how Zidisha works and are able to interact independently with the website.
· Meet with current clients and applicants in their places of work. Discuss the information in the Orientation for New Clients and explain the concept of P2P lending, how loans are financed, the performance rating system and the value of posting comments/engaging with lenders.
· Assist clients and applicants to learn to interact with the website including editing their profiles, uploading photos, posting comments, and viewing loan repayment status.
· Develop a proactive, well-informed and engaged network of local resident Volunteer Mentors to assist clients in their communities and country, using the guidelines in the Orientation for Volunteer Mentors page.
2. New applicants successfully finance loans through Zidisha.
· Increase awareness of Zidisha by encouraging current clients to refer new applicants, enlisting the help of local volunteers to conduct outreach in their communities, and forging partnerships with local nonprofits, companies and other entities that have an interest in promoting Zidisha among their clientele.
· Meet with eligible loan applicants at their business locations. Provide applicant orientations covering material in Zidisha borrower guide. Assist applicants to create borrower profiles and applications, and provide continued support as loans are funded and disbursed.
3. Lenders are well informed of the use and impact of their loans.
· Following each visit to a Zidisha client, post a detailed, informative comment on the client's loan profile page, describing how the business works, impact of the loan, social value created, and something of the client’s personality and life story.
4. Other staff and volunteer candidates can easily access relevant information.
· Record useful information and tips based on your experience in Zidisha staff wiki.
· Participate in orientation of new applicants and volunteers.
5. Zidisha's lending services gain value as a result of your work with us.
· Collect borrower feedback, propose and where appropriate move forward with initiatives that improve the convenience, efficiency, social impact or other quality aspect of our lending operations.
· Sufficient past experience in developing countries that you are comfortable managing your own transport, lodging and work logistics in the destination country.
· Passion for our mission of advancing economic opportunities for marginalized communities.
· High levels of personal integrity, honesty and responsibility.
· Exceptionally entrepreneurial and self-motivated, able to work independently and take initiative as necessary to achieve objectives.
· Cultural sensitivity, discretion and mature judgment.
· Skill in working with teams and in maintaining good communication at multiple levels.
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
Please send a resume and note explaining why you would be a good fit for this position to firstname.lastname@example.org.