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Can microfinance accelerate peace?

Kiva Fellow and author Leo Della-Moretta in his former life.

As a combat veteran, volunteering for Kiva in Ecuador is a dramatic shift from my previous professional experience. The driving factor for me to volunteer is the desire to help build something. All soldiers work and fight to protect their nations, their families, and their friends, but the reality is that we often do so by destroying people and things.

In contrast, Kiva is an institution that is enabling people around the world to build their communities and improve their lives. It's also believed to be one of the only organizations that actively injects capital into conflict zones (Kiva has partnered with microfinance institutions in Iraq). With that same mindset and goal, this article will try to explain how and why I believe microfinance can help move countries out of conflict and into social and economic development. This article is based solely on my personal experiences.

Launching a New Loan Product

As a Kiva Fellow, I have spent the last four months working with partner organizations in Kampala, Uganda. One of these partners is BRAC where we are developing and launching a new loan product for Kiva’s platform.

Kiva Fellows: Mixing Business with Pleasure

Three Businesses, Three Stories, Three Uses for Microfinance

Connecting Lenders and Borrowers: Memory, Kiva Coordinator Extraordinaire

3 Remarkable things I learned in Kosovo


My first mind blowing experience in Kosovo happened almost immediately when my feet touched the ground getting out of the bus in Kosovo - what an introduction to a country!

Having emerged from the shadow of a war that divided ethnic communities in the Balkans just over a decade ago, Kosovo considers itself to be the baby of Europe – having declared independence as recently as 2008. Kosovo has still not been formally recognized by a large number of states, including neighbor Serbia. 

The NEWBORN monument which celebrates Kosovo's Independence

Despite all of the reading I had done before actually deploying to my field placement, I still felt like I had no idea what to except in this country that so recently emerged from a violent ethnic conflict. In this blog forum I am not able to give a recap of the recent history with the attention it deserves but if you are interested in learning more I highly recommend taking a look at the nicely documented timeline of events of the Kosovo War complied by Frontline and PBS, click here.

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: A Kiva Success Story

Riding a motorcycle in a developing country is, well, eventful to say the least.  The term “road hazard” takes on a whole new meaning.  Horse drawn carts, herds of cattle, stray chickens – the possibilities are endless.  The first time I had the pleasure of experien

Kopo Kopo: Six revolutionary digits for Kiva Zip borrowers

Meet Sandra, Zambia's Most Successful Kiva Borrower & Mobile Transactions Agent

“I just want to be a successful business woman,” Sandra says when asked what she hopes to achieve in the next 2-3 years.

She already is. In fact, she is the most successful agent working with Zoona--a mobile money/transactions company that allows individuals to send and receive money over their phones using the conversion of cash into electronic value, and electronic value back into cash. Zoona relies on a distrubuted network of agents, like Sandra, who operate businesses that provide the cash in/out capability.

Sandra opened her first mobile transactions shop in 2010 and now has expanded to four! She is dominating the market in Kitwe, the second largest city in Zambia and the mining center of the Copperbelt Province. And she's only 26.

Zoona staff say it’s her attitude that puts her above the rest. She would open her first shop at 7am while others opened at 8am. And despite her success, she's never given herself a raise! She puts all of the profits back into the business in order to expand.

7 Questions on Growing Social Enterprises in Vietnam


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