Kiva is a new partner

Rochester, New York. Literacy Volunteers of Rochester Inc. has partnered with Kiva Rochester to help spur small business development in the city through its Digital Literacy program.

Kiva Rochester itself is a partnership between Kiva, the San Francisco-based nonprofit, and the City of Rochester. Kiva crowdsources interest-free loans to small businesses or those individuals interested in starting a small business. Loans range up to ten thousand dollars.

LVR’s Digital Literacy is a 5-year old program that places volunteers in 8 community locations who assist people in learning basic computer skills or completing essential computer-related tasks. Those tasks include creating online accounts, seeking information, creating resumes, applying for jobs online and much more.

Digital Literacy volunteers are working with applicants to complete the online application, especially narrative sections that require a loan description, business description and personal story. Volunteers work at city libraries (Arnett, Lincoln, Lyell, Phillis Wheatley and Sully), Greece Community Education (200 Alcott Road, Greece), Veterans Outreach Center and LVR’s main office on South Avenue.

WHAT: A new partnership between LVR’s Digital Literacy and Kiva Rochester

WHO: LVR’s Digital Literacy, Kiva (a San Francisco-based nonprofit), Office of the Mayor/City of Rochester, Rochester Public Libraries, city library branches including Arnett, Lincoln, Lyell, Phillis Wheatley and Sully

WHEN: Volunteers have already been working with Kiva applicants at city libraries. See the Digital Literacy schedule of volunteer hours at community sites here: