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On Water, Dams and Self-reliance

“We have very productive land here. We just need enough water to grow our crops” Irene said repeatedly as we were taking a tour of her farm in Kalamba, Kenya. Irene and her family’s primary business is managing their three-acre farm that sits in Makueni County in central Kenya.

Once Upon a Midnight Eerie: How 5 Countries Celebrate the Day of the Dead


From tattoos to t-shirts elaborate sugar skulls have become increasingly popular in art and fashion but do you know the cultural significance behind these intricate designs?

Beyond Borrowing in Dien Bien: Necessary Trainings for the Poorest of the Poor

Peace Café: Coffee with a Mission


Entrepreneur in Thanh Hoa Doubles Income, Creates Jobs with a Microloan for a Tofu Machine

Entrepreneurship in Liberia: 1 --> n or 0 --> 1?

When most people think of entrepreneurship in developing countries, they do not think of innovation. Even in cases of extreme growth, such as in China, most wealth and development comes from copying what has worked in other places in the past. This is what is known as 1 --> n innovation.

Fisherwomen in Vietnam Quadruple Incomes After Receiving Kiva Microloans for 8 Years

Rwanda Transformation: Urwego Opportunity Bank's Social Impact

       When I began my Kiva fellowship,  I had so many questions on how microfinance works and does it really have an impact on people’s lives.   As I arrived in Kigali, the understanding of social impact was the first on my list to accomplish.  I wanted to k

Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket: Modern Portfolio Theory in Rural Kenya

For the past 60 years, economists have been researching and discussing asset diversification and Modern Portfolio Theory.

Paying it forward: How “social interest” benefits borrowers and the community

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