May 22, 2015 SB Solomon Islands

Shell money is a traditional form of currency that was used in the Solomon Islands before bank notes were introduced. Some provinces still use shell money today, primarily for ceremonies, settling disputes, and bridal and land payments. It is beautifully crafted from seashells, often consisting of strings of differently colored shell-beads. Visit Kiva's Medium page to see how it's made! Continue Reading >>


May 19, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

We are honored to announce a new member of our team, Martin Tschopp, as CEO of Kiva.  As co-lead with Kiva’s President and Co-founder, Premal Shah, Martin brings a skillset that will help Kiva grow our reach, maximize social impact and leverage technology in strategic new ways.  Martin comes to Kiva after 12 years with eBay, most recently as the Vice President and General Manager of eBay Advertising. At eBay, he worked to build and grow marketplace and e-... Continue Reading >>


May 15, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Amazing insider: Everyday life in Somalia.
Shout out: President Obama sends some #KivaLove.
Beating the odds: Solar bike path test performs better than anticipated.
 
Have a laugh: Top 10 design flaws of the human body.
 
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May 14, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva’s loans come in all shapes, sizes and languages. Lucky for us, there’s a team of hard- working multilingual volunteers on Kiva’s Review and Translation (RTP) team who make it possible for us to get these loans onto the site!

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May 8, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

There are few things as universal as a mother’s love. Kiva loans support a hugely diverse range of borrowers, hailing from over 80 different countries, but one thing remains a constant: the touching stories we hear of mothers putting the well-being and education of their children above all else. Although we all have plenty of reasons to call our mom or send her a card this Mother's Day, here are 3 women who will further inspire you: Sento lives in Makeni City, Sierra Leone and sells local food, soft drinks, and condiments out of a small store on the side of a main road. She works 16... Continue Reading >>


May 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

iSchool Zambia Zambia Revolutionizing education in Zambia Who are they? iSchool Zambia is a social enterprise working to change the education system in Zambia. The company has copied the entire Zambian primary school curriculum (in English and the 7 local languages) on Android tablets they call Zeupads. iSchool's goal is to... Continue Reading >>


Apr 28, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Photo by Flickr user Oliver Whiteside On April 25, the most devastating earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years claimed the lives of thousands of people and destroyed homes and cultural sites. The Kiva community’s thoughts are with the people of Nepal and all the families that have been affected by this tragedy. Kiva reached out to our two partners in Nepal, Patan Business and Professional Women and SunFarmer, to express our support and check on the wellbeing of their staff and clients. SunFarmer responded that their staff members on the ground are accounted for and doing ok,... Continue Reading >>


Apr 24, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Go green:
Clear solar energy panels put a new spin on windows.
 
Tips & tricks:
Impress your friends and family with these tips for better travel photos.
City skies:
8 in 10 have never seen the Milky Way, this is what they're missing.
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Apr 24, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

On April 24, 2013, more than 1,100 garment workers were killed and 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Even though there were fears the building would collapse, garment workers were pressured to remain at work under threat of 1 month’s lost pay. The disaster in Dhaka brought new awareness about the terrible working conditions for garment workers. People were saddened and outraged, so in an effort to improve working conditions for garment workers and bring more transparency to the fashion industry,...

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Apr 23, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

We all want to come back from our trips with amazing photos that capture the spirit and scale of the places we visit. Follow these tips to get better results> Continue Reading >>


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