What a YEAR!
When it was all said and done and the boys said goodbye to 6th grade, I sure hope they felt good about what they accomplished in math class. Not only did they learn real practical skills that can be applied to life (collaboration, problem solving, perseverance and inquiry to name a few), the in's and outs of small businesses ownership, social entrepreneurship, and financial literacy but they also learned about the financial status and lifestyles of others across the globe through math lessons. The were empowered by the faculty and staff of Town to help alleviate poverty through lending and from what I saw, they felt good doing so.
During the last two weeks of school the, the Town School borrowers collaborated, pooled their money and energy and went for a final push to clear out all existing product and create a joint product that students would talk about. Through inquiry, problem solving, price point checking and coupon searching, the boys came up with Town Tiger Sunglasses that were certainly a hit! With each group contributing $30 to the product, they not only saw their contribution double in a few days, but they felt the excitement of being able to empower more borrowers through intentional giving.
And while the boys finished school a week ago, and likely the excitement for lending has been replaced with the energy and thrill of vacation, I am proud to announce the final numbers on the lending team of 2014-2015.
$1010.17 in profits/loans to Kiva.
$41.95 in donations to Kiva
In addition to the 36 loans they were able to complete before summer, they have 4 more loans waiting for the Kiva Council to lend in September and the extra $10.17 was added to the donation. Well done. Rest well this summer boys, knowing you made a difference.