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Can You Smell What Kiva Zip Entrepreneurs Are Cooking?

Jorge, City Saucery | Photo: Parris Whittingham | fromparriswithlove.com

Kiva Zip entrepreneurs in New York are a group of over 150 creative people with small businesses such as family farms, bakeries, media, and apparel. The Kiva Zip team is constantly inspired by the passion they put into their work but it's a really difficult feeling to convey to Kiva lenders, partners, and community.

Our solution to this problem was to bring our entrepreneurs directly to the community! Over one hundred enthusiastic Kiva Zip supporters gathered at our New York City co-working space to meet a dozen of our food producting entrepreneurs, including Jorge pictured above, and left with a belly full of their food and beverages.

What Matters Most

As I pass the halfway mark in my fellowship, I’ve been taking some time to reflect. A self-diagnosed pragmatic dreamer, I’m forever faced with the challenge of having to keep my feet on the ground but not wanting to let my dreams fly away.

Are You a Fan of Rice Terraces and Waterfalls? Come to Bohol

Since mid-July, I have been in Tagbilaran City, Bohol for my 2nd field placement in the Philippines with Community Economic Ventures, Inc. (CEVI), a partner of VisionFund International.

First Time-New Path

A Solution to India’s Public Hygiene Problem



A Solution to India’s Public Hygiene Problem

The Best Beer in Bangalore!

The Best Beer in Bangalore! One man’s journey of struggle and redemption…



Healthy Women = Healthy Businesses

Throughout my Kiva fellowship, I have met with a number of borrowers and have personally witnessed the impact that micro-loans have had in their lives whether it be growing their business, providing for their family, learning how to save money, or giving a borrower an opportunity they wouldn’t have

How One Mexican Couple Baked Their Way Through Tragedy



¡Say Cheese!

One of my favorite activities as a Kiva Fellow is meeting with borrowers. And, the borrowers are usually happy to have a visitor and proud to show their business. Recently, I had the privilege of meeting borrower Dianira, who makes cheese daily.

A Fish Full of Dollars

Two years ago, Armen took out a loan of $1,625 for his business and since he has just repaid his final installment last month, I decided to pay him a visit to hear about his experience using Kiva.

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