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Rwanda: Olive thinks we should all have an omelette for breakfast!

Olive is only 24 years old but has already seen her business grow from strength to strength. What is the secret to her success? Eggs!

Agnes: an inspiration from Masindi, Uganda


Upcycled Couture Hits Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

During my recent visits with borrowers from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo (FMSD), a Kiva Field Partner based in the Coastal Region of

Hiuchol art and traditions: The story of Micaela

For these Costa Rican leaders, supporting other women is personal

“She was always fighting for women.” So said Elsa of her late mother, Lilliam. Elsa’s mom was a fierce advocate for women in their community of Upala, an agricultural zone in the northern region of Costa Rica.

The innovative women of Rwanda

The borrowers who I find most inspirational are the ones who go the extra mile to innovate in the hope of achieving a more sustainable income for themselves and their families. However, this commitment usually requires more up front capital than a Rwandan household has available.

Ghana: A study in lunch starches.

For those of you who have never had Ghanian cuisine (and I'm sure there are many of you) there are three main things you should know about Ghanian cuisine:
  1. It is mostly starch (rice/plantain/cassava/maize/yam etc)
  2. The portions are large enough to feed a small army

A Story of a Talented Borrower of Kashf Foundation- Pakistan

Rizwana Tabbasum with

Impressive Empresas: 5 Things I Learned from a Week with Panamanian Credit Unions

This week I had the privilege of visiting many Kiva borrowers in the Chiriquí province of Panama. It is a rich area made up of beautiful coast, steep mountains, plentiful farmland, and abundant rainbows.

Borrower Visits in Chorkor

Last week I met the ladies of Sorlimor Group in Chorkor, an overpopulated fishing area in Greater Accra.  After numerous tro tros (three in two hours!) the loan officer and I finally arrived at the meeting spot (

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