May 26, 2014 ZW Zimbabwe

So much unrest across Africa. From the tragedy of Nigeria’s Chibok girls stolen from their school, to the violence and terror overtaking Kenya, there are forces aligned that are determined to bind ...

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May 21, 2014 UG Uganda

John Bosco and me in his farm as he proudly holds up his Kiva Profile
Sitting across from John Bosco in the living room of his modest home in rural Uganda, I smiled as he introduced me to his two youngest children. He then told me how he’d used his Kiva loan to purchase fertilizer and a pesticide spray pump to improve his farm. When I asked him if he had any other sources of income he beamed proudly before reviewing his businesses: poultry, pigs, a fish pond, goat trading, and plantain and coffee farming. At 43 years... Continue Reading >>


May 20, 2014 KE Kenya

The Kiva Zip model, based on direct crowd funding from a lender to a borrower through a trustee, supports several key players in the clean technology sector.   Borrowers have access to 0% interest capital to acquire clean cookstoves, solar lamps, solar pumps or bio-digesters, setting themselves as successful entrepreneurs, developing their businesses, generating income and most importantly providing education to their children.   While lenders from around the world provide the capital, the trustees provide a range of training, mentorship and professional services to the borrowers,... Continue Reading >>


May 14, 2014 IN India

Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies, achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities.” – UN WOMEN Few people will argue about the importance of women empowerment, and its positive impact in society and economy, but what is the gap between studies and speeches and what’s really happening on the ground? The election scene in India brought up new discussions about women's rights like safety... Continue Reading >>


May 13, 2014 GH Ghana

Old vans clog the streets of every city and village in Ghana.  So old their makes and models are incomprehensible to the untrained eye.  They come in swarming bunches on the street, packed to the brim, arms and heads hanging out of every open window available.  Hogging the lane, spewing toxic smoke from the back, sides, and even the front – they own every city they operate in.  When they swerve to get in your lane, you give it to them, because they never give way.  They are called the Tro Tro and obey no traffic laws accept the universal road rage law –... Continue Reading >>


May 12, 2014 KE Kenya

 

3 Must-Know Insights on Kenya, Football and the FIFA World Cup

 

Kenya is not one of the first 10 countries that come to mind when you think of a top class footbball team. It didn't qualify for this year's World Cup in Brazil. In fact, Kenya has never qualified to the FIFA World Cup. Rather, Kenya is well known for its world class rugby sevens squad and elite long distance runners.

Yet, many...

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May 9, 2014 UG Uganda

Visiting Vian in rural Uganda took us over questionable roads through what was once forest land.
Surrounding the lopsided, mangled dirt road was a verdant landscape of densely packed farmland. Maize filled one line of sight before giving way to plantain trees, which in turn were followed by beans, or sweet potatoes, and the occasional wetland with overgrown grass. The long visible stretch to the horizon though pointed out the relative absence of trees to interrupt the view. The driver, while navigating cavernous... Continue Reading >>


May 7, 2014 GO Global Update

Who: Everybody!  Feel free to share this free event with your family, friends, customers, colleagues, mailman, dogwalker, everyone!  
What: Kiva City Los Angeles Reunion Event host by the Mayor's Office Of Economic...
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May 7, 2014 ZW Zimbabwe

The story from Nigeria about the young women abducted from their school dormitory has been weighing heavy on me since the media finally started reporting on it.  I took a staff photo today of the Camfed Zimbabwe team showing their solidarity and support of these girls and their families.

We need not share a name for them to be our daughters and sisters. We need not share a continent for them to be our countrymen and kin. We need not share a god for them to be our angels. They are all of ours. Write the Nigerian government. Write the White House. Write your elected...

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May 5, 2014 US United States

It takes a lot of ambition and resources to follow a passion and create a business from scratch. Typically, the entrepreneurial world is dominated by men.  Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Professor of Business Psychology at University College of London, has observed that there are more men taking on entrepreneurial enterprises because they generally have easier access to sources of capital and are less risk-averse than women.

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