The boys are working hard in the garage! Before leading the final, more traditional, brainstorming session I wanted to work with the boys on a variety of micro financing concepts and allow them time to process.
The chalk talk on Day 2 provided the boys an opportunity to answer the questions:
What are some important characteristics of functioning business and/or business person?
If you were given $25 to loan, what would be important to consider?
If we had to create business plans to be approved by field partners, what would be important to consider?
Grameen Bank-Discipline, Unity, Courage, Hardwork" What principles should our trust group live by?
You can can find pictures of our chalk talk brainstorm here:
After the chalk talk, the boys were placed into one of three brainstorming groups. They used a mind map application to gather thoughts. The groups were lender, borrower and field partners. I was impressed with their knowledge and ideas. It is clear they have learned a lot about kiva and micro financing.
You can find their mind maps here:
The last and final brainstorm of the week started with the Driving Question,
"How Can We Model Micro Financing in Our Own Community?"
The boys were extremely thoughtful and I am intrigued by what they came up with. On the attached document you will find an outline of their thoughts alongside their initial less organized thought process.