Aug 15, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Here are the stories we've been emailing, tweeting and sharing around the office this week: More prolific than Starbucks and McDonalds:
John Oliver reports on the shocking truth that 1 in 20 U.S. families has taken out a pay day loan.
 
Cutie alert:
Second day of school blues – we know that feeling, Buddy.
 
Humans of the world:
The human side of conflict as told by everyone's favorite NY photo-storyteller.
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Aug 13, 2014 MM Myanmar

A bit about Myanmar… Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in Asia, but it has seen major political and economic reforms in recent years that have many hopeful for a brighter future. For decades Myanmar was controlled by authoritative leadership that committed gross human rights violations. Myanmar’s people have lived through much oppression, but progress in this young democracy is being made to ensure human rights and develop transparency in governance. The next test of this will be...

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Aug 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Photography by Tim Chambers I was a pastry chef before my years at Kiva, so I love to lend to bakers around the world. My Kiva portfolio is full of pictures of mouthwatering pastries made by a wide variety of culinary artists—a baker of Lebanese flatbreads (man’oushe), a cake decorator in Honduras, a gingerbread baker from New Orleans. One of my favorite loans was to Mamasharif in Tajikistan—don't his... Continue Reading >>


Aug 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Around the Kiva office, there're a few things the whole staff gets really into: karaoke and food-related challenges are among our fervent favorites but at the top of that list is lending on Kiva. That’s right, we geek out about work in our down time – a lot. We’ve compiled our best tips on how to lend like a pro, along with some of the funny anecdotes from our adventures in lending.
 
Be a hero:
"Sort by expiring soon. Lend to the first loan in list."
 
G-E-O Geography, lend to parts...
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Aug 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

By Hania Abu-Eid, Kiva's communications manager, and Lev Plaves, Kiva's portfolio associate for the Middle East and South Asia As vivid photos, videos and narratives of unimaginable destruction, death, loss and despair flash on our television, computer and cell phone screens it’s hard not to be confronted with the suffering of  members of our human family. From Palestine and Israel to Iraq, Syria, Congo, Ukraine and so many other... Continue Reading >>


Aug 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

#WeBelieve:
8 tenets at the heart of Kiva
 
Time machine:
Take a trip down memory lane to when "Are you finding that the Internet is a big thing?" was an actual question.
 
Guaranteed laughs:
Clever couple finds the best way to announce their expecting.
 
The universe is amazing:
The most super super-moon ever is coming to a night sky near you.
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Aug 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

The gap between the rich and poor in Colombia is one of largest in the world —and more than a third of Colombia’s population lives below the poverty line.   It’s in this environment that Kiva’s Field Partner of 3.5 years Interactuar is operating, helping entrepreneurs make their businesses a reality, and helping them learn the skills that will help them grow.   Interactuar works in the department of Antioquia, Colombia, where the average yearly income of residents is a meager $6,070. The organization strives to reduce unemployment and create sustainable businesses by offering small... Continue Reading >>


Aug 4, 2014 LB Lebanon, PS Palestinian Territory, YE Yemen

The observance of Ramadan falls on the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and this year began on June 28 and went through July 28. Traditionally, Muslims fast during Ramadan to ‘purify’ their minds so they can better focus on self-reflection and prayer. This leads to a greater understanding of others and the month is known as a time for giving and increased acts of charity. 
 
As the world marks Ramadan, we are taking the opportunity to shine a light on the tireless work of our partners in the Middle East, working hard to create opportunity and a...
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Aug 1, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Check out the latest Kiva photo story! This time Tiffany Vlaanderen, a Kiva Fellow in Nairobi, takes us inside an artisan workshop where hand-crafted works sold all over the world originate. Continue Reading >>


Aug 1, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Don't miss out on what's hot at Kiva HQ this week:
 
Guaranteed smiles:
Cacao farmers taste chocolate for the first time.
 
Food for thought:
A food artist's snack-tacular tour of Europe
 
Digital development:
Non-profit backed by Facebook brings free internet access to Zambia
 
For your toolbox:
Everything you ever needed to know...
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