Volunteers Needed

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  1. Julia Kurnia

    Julia Kurnia Silver Member

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    Dear all,

    We are looking for volunteers to join our Virtual Volunteer Team and assist our rapidly growing community of borrowers in Kenya and in West Africa. This is a "virtual volunteering" opportunity that can be done from anywhere, on your own schedule.

    Our Virtual Volunteer Team interacts with Zidisha borrrowers via email and SMS messaging, assisting our staff to review new applications, post translations, and provide one-on-one help to any borrowers who need it. It's an interesting way to make a big difference in someone's life, and all you need to join is a bit of spare time and an internet connection.

    Please check out our volunteer posting at Idealist (http://www.idealist.org/view/volop/8sW362jHmgW4/), and drop me a line at julia@zidisha.org if you'd like to get involved. I'd love to have you join our volunteer team.

    Thanks so much,

    Julia
     
  2. investor

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    Crowd-helping for Crowd-funding !!
    I like the idea. Let me check what can be my contribution.
     
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    Julia

    I'm interested. Let me know what you need most and if I can be of help, I will.

    Mike
     
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  4. Julia Kurnia

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    Dear investor and KyRoamer,

    I can't thank you enough for offering to help! I look forward to discussing by email which volunteering activities would be the best fit for each of you.

    Best,

    Julia
     
  5. KyRoamer
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    Zidisha says:

    Do you have a passion for advancing opportunities for highly motivated people in the world's poorest communities? Do you enjoy volunteering on a flexible schedule from the comfort of your own home?

    Zidisha Microfinance launched in 2009 as the world's first true person-to-person microlending platform, based on direct communication and transactions between lenders worldwide and borrowers in developing countries. We currently have openings for English- and French-speaking volunteers to contribute five to ten hours per week to join our Virtual Volunteer team. Our Virtual Volunteers review applications for completeness, and assist borrowers who request help to interact with our website via email and SMS. This is a position that may be undertaken on a flexible schedule, from any location in the world with an internet connection.

    Members of Zidisha's Virtual Volunteer Team provide services to Zidisha loan applicants and current borrowers. The goals of the position are twofold:

    1. Ensure to the best of our ability that admitted applicants meet Zidisha's standards for membership.
    2. Provide pleasant, professional and quick service to everyone who applies to join Zidisha and to our current members.


    Responsibilities

    1. Assisting New Applicants
    • Review new borrower applications for completeness. Work with applicants via email and SMS as necessary to help them add any missing information to their applications.
    • Work with local verification partner organizations and local community officials via email and SMS to independently confirm key information in new borrower applications.
    • Once applications are complete and key information is verified, work with Zidisha staff to make a decision of whether to admit an applicant as a Zidisha borrower.
    2. Assisting Current Members
    • Provide helpful responses to member inquiries via our organization's email, Skype and SMS messaging platforms.
    • Contact any members who miss scheduled loan repayment installments, and gain an understanding of the reason the payment was missed. If needed, assist the member to propose a new repayment schedule through their member account in the Zidisha website, or enlist the assistance of local community members via SMS or telephone calls to reestablish contact with any members we are unable to reach directly.
    Qualifications
    · Passion for our mission of advancing economic opportunities for marginalized communities.
    · Strong interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, discretion and mature judgment.
    · Skill in working with teams and in maintaining good communication at multiple levels.
    · Proficiency in English required. Proficiency in French is a plus.

    More / LessHow to apply

    To apply, please send a note describing why this opportunity would be a good fit for you to Julia Kurnia at julia@zidisha.org.
     
  6. KyRoamer
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    Zidisha can always use volunteers. If interested, email Julia at julia@zidisha.org.
     

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