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Portuguese 101: The Best Literally Translated Brazilian-Portuguese Words

With over 2 years living in Brazil and speaking Brazilian Portuguese, I’ve reached the point of conversing where I have stopped literally translating in my head when I speak. I even find my instinctual reaction to come out in Portuguese. Nossa! Opa!

A more peaceful society? How your Kiva loan might help.

It’s been a week when reports of shocking terrorist atrocities (Paris, Beirut, Nigeria – and, as I write, Mali) have been dominating our news bulletins and social media feeds.

If You Really Want to Make a Friend, Go to Someone’s House and Eat With Him

A Ride with Robin Hood: portrait of a loan officer

            Ebert is waiting for me at 7 am as promised, crouched by his motorbike, his hoodie cinched, looking like a benevolent bandit.  He hands me a helmet, I mount the bike behind him, and we're off to visit

Making a difference, one toilet at a time

It’s rainy season here in Nairobi, and the dirt roads of Mukuru - one of the largest informal settlements in the city - have turned into thick muddy footpaths and fast flowing streams.

Impact Water – Drops of Hope

There’s nothing more essential to life than water. It composes over half of our human body and it is a vital nutrient to the life of every cell. However, what happens when this critical “ingredient” to survival is not clean?

Kiva Loves from Taiwan & more

Taipei 101 Tower is a landmark of Taiwan

#ThankstoKiva: What Borrowers Are Thankful For

Fall is abundant in Pittsburgh, PA.  The weather is crisp and the leaves have changed to beautiful reds and golds.  To a girl from Southern California, this is a refreshing change.  It is November and, in the United States, Thanksgiving is almost upon us.  What could be a better

Behind the Scenes: Group Pictures in Ghana

I arrive at the group meeting spot, where approximately 60 women are gathered on a shady verandah. They start waving in surprise when they see me, and call out melodious greetings. “You are welcome, you are welcome.”

Peru, the Land of Convenience

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