Lend a hand 200

Can a few cents revitalize a community?

Around the world, millions of talents go to waste because people lack the resources to get started. In 2006, Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize for his innovative idea of microlending to help impoverished communities. In this project, students will learn how microlending can be an incredibly powerful force for good. Your class will raise and lend money to entrepreneurs in developing nations who are trying to make a positive impact on the world!

Imagine if thousands of kids just like yours, all around the country, made small investments today that would have an immense impact on communities around the world. What an incredible way to make the world a better place!

Project Plan and Resources

Learning Targets


Lesson 1: Students begin to understand the concept of microlending.

Lesson 2: Students research microlending stories.

Lesson 3: Students perform puppet plays depicting their own creative microlending success stories.

Lesson 4: Students discuss and debate to select a loan request to fund. 

Lesson 5: Students consider audience when pitching their fundraising ideas.

Lesson 6: Students discuss and debate to plan a fundraiser.

Lesson 7: Students look for ways to refine their fundraiser.

Lesson 8: Students conduct a successful fundraiser and fund the microloan request.

For lesson descriptions, download the project overview.

For K–8 content connections, download the content correlations.

Online Resources

Interactive Games and Activities

  • Fish Out of Water Game*
  • The Ax that Jack Bought Puppet Skit Script
  • The F.U.N. Part Activity
  • Ultimate Fish Catcher of Doom Instructions

Websites and Videos

  • KIVA.org
  • Video: Class Playing Fish Out of Water
  • Video: Microlending Success Story: Betty
  • Video: Microlending Success Story: Karry, Aaron & Charlane
  • Video: Microlending Success Story: Mary Ann
  • Video: Jean-Pierre’s Story
  • Video: Rethinking How We Give
  • Video: Shark Tank Clips
  • Virtual Fundraising Ideas

Additional Resources

  • Blue Apple Fundraiser Ideas*
  • Blue Apple Press Release Tips
  • Fundraiser Pitch Assistant
  • Home Letter
  • How to Make Toast Poster
  • Lend a Hand Vocabulary
  • Recommended Book List
  • Reflection Journal
  • Student Assessment Rubric
  • Teacher Assessment Rubric
  • Voting Stars Resource

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About the Author

Angela Marzilli

PreK-12 STEM and PBL Coordinator
South Portland High
South Portland, ME

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Angela Marzilli

PreK-12 STEM and PBL Coordinator
South Portland High
South Portland, ME

Hello, my name is Angela and I currently work as the PreK-12 STEM and PBL Coordinator in a public school department in Maine. My teaching career began with a focus on math, specifically K-8 gifted math education. After five years working in a pull-out program for gifted math students, I returned to the classroom where I facilitated project based learning for third, fourth, and fifth grades. I have led professional development workshops in inquiry based learning, math, science, and STEM integration. Although my primary role now is as a facilitator of adult learning and curriculum developer, I keep my hands in teaching through facilitating a high school level project based Forensic Science class. When not working, I enjoy reading mysteries and having fun in Maine with my two young daughters.