Mr. Liss's 7th Grade Social Studies Website

Where history comes alive!

Changing the World One Loan at a Time!

Have you ever considered why some people are “haves” and some are “have nots?”  Why is there poverty in the world?  What are the causes of poverty?  Is there anything a 7th grader at Thomas Jefferson Middle School can do about erasing poverty?


Actually, you can do something about poverty.  You can educate yourself and others.  You can use the website Kiva.org to learn about microfinance and have a real impact in the struggle to eliminate poverty.  The following goals will be accomplished during this project:

1.  A basic understanding of microfinance, important economic terms, and pros and cons of microfinance.

2.  Selecting and lending money to an entrepreneur in the country of your choice.

3.  Creating an documentary that:

       A.  explains Kiva’s mission

       B. employs data about poverty

       C.  uses narration or an interview 

       D.  shares the story of your loan with visuals and music.

4.  Having fun and solving problems.

KIVA vocabulary


Go to the google class stream and open your copy of these words.  you will play a matching game on nearpod after you have reviewed the terms.

Poverty statistics:  Where does the U.S. rank? Use the Index Mundi website to analyze date about poverty.  Record your answers on the Google Form found in the classroom. 


How does the money get from a lender to an entrepreneur?  go to the classroom to get your copy of the google drawing above.  fill in the shapes with terms and review as a class.

Are you ready to lend?  let's do this!!

How to use the kiva site and select clients

1.  Go to the Kiva.org website.  Click on the blue “start lending ” button.  Then click "View All loans".  Use the filters on the left side of the page to sort loans.
2.  Click here to view a sample loan that has been repaid.

      A.  What is the purpose or use for this loan?

      B.  What was the loan term? (How long to repay?)

      C.  What is the name of the field partner or MFI?

      D.  Is the field partner or MFI reliable?  How do you know?

lending money!!

1.  With your partner, select an entrepreneur you would like to fund.  Consider risk factors and emotional factors.  

2.  Tell me the last name of the borrower or the group you would like to finance and I will lend the money.

3.  Complete the client profile sheet found in the class stream.

4.  Make a pin on the class map below.  Be sure to post your pin in the correct class!  Include a picture of your client and all of the information from the client profile sheet.  don't forget to include your partner's name on the pin!!


you may want to video your group during this process. 

Track your loans here!

Making an documentary.

Use wevideo.com to create an documentary.  Use the rubric found in the class stream to guide the process.

three suggested formats for your documentary:

1.  documentary - film yourselves during this project.  focus on the process.  lots of narration!
2.  music video - use images, soundtrack, and mostly narration to inform your audience...and pull at their heartstrings.
3.  Movie  - pull out all the stops!  acting, interviews, green screen...you name it.  Extremely creative and extremely rewarding.

The documentar will contain the following:


A.   an explanation of kiva and its mission.  you may include interview footage of partners, video clips from the internet, or anything else you can think of.  Hint:  Keep it short! 


B.  Introduction to the country in which you loaned.  Include some statistics and vocabulary words to illustrate the level of poverty.   KEEP IT SIMPLE.  Use mostly pictures and narration to tell the story – limit your  words!


C.  A picture and details about the person to whom you loaned.  You may video your team during the lending process.  You could also video-narrate their story.  Where do they live?  What are they using the money for?   Don’t skimp here…this is what generates interest in your movie!  Tug on the heartstrings!


D.  Include a soundtrack.  Adjust the volume of your soundtrack during any narration.


E.  Explain and present your work to an authentic audience.