Stories tagged with Kiva Zip

Nov 11, 2013 KE Kenya

According to UN Habitat, of the four million people who live in Nairobi, over 60% live in slums, 78% of which do not have running water in their homes. Many struggle to pay their rent of $10-35 per month and rarely have enough food to eat. Their children are very lucky if they are consistently able to attend school. For those in better conditions, this reality becomes all the more confronting when these people are your friends and relatives. 

So, when Davis Mkoji got a call in early 2012 inviting him to test...

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Aug 8, 2013 US United States


When I was first assigned to Newark for my Kiva fellowship, I didn’t know what to expect.  I live in Manhattan and up until that point the only time I had been to Newark was to go to the airport.  My first introduction to the real Newark was through a group of local organizations that serve as trustees with Kiva Zip.  Kiva Zip trustees are responsible for sourcing Kiva Zip borrowers, reviewing their business and personal finances, vouching for their character, and publicly endorsing them on the Kiva Zip website. 
 
I met with a number of... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2013 KE Kenya
It’s a warm Sunday afternoon and I’m hiking in a volcanic gorge just outside Hells Gate National Park in Naivasha. A slender Maasai man named Joe is guiding my friend and I up the steep, slippery walls of hardened lava. After climbing a steep cliff, we sit down at the top to take in a view of Kenya’s stunning Rift Valley. Joe asks us for how long we are visiting.

“I’m here for awhile,” I reply. “I’m working with a company that helps people get loans.”

Not surprisingly,...

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Aug 8, 2013 US United States
Jonath Colon and his colleagues at the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber


The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber is a non-profit organization that focuses economic advancement for the Latino and Hispanic community in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Based in Portland, the Chamber is one of the few that does actual technical assistance work: they offer one-to-one technical assistance for small business owners, host monthly luncheons for networking, conduct business seminars, offer and facilitate scholarships... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2013 GO Global Update
Steven McAlpin handing Senator Warner his own personalized walking stick.

Steven McAlpin, founder of Canes for Courage and Kiva Zip borrower, jumped on stage as Josh from United Virginia was giving his speech, and gave Senator Warner one of his hand carved customized walking sticks with the words “Kiva Virginia” and “Senator Warner” engraved. This was one of many exciting moments that occurred at the Kiva City Richmond launch that took place Monday July 29th. Richmond happily became the 7th Kiva City in the U.S... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 US United States
View from my balcony

I set foot in Richmond for the first time, ever, about 5 weeks ago and it has certainly been a journey, and a great one to say the least. I was like a sea turtle that just came out of its shell and didn’t know which way the ocean was. I know that’s quite the cheesy analogy, but it just popped into my head and I’m sticking with it! Think of the ocean as the economic development landscape in... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 KE Kenya



I arrived to a tiny, dusty roadside stand with three wooden stalls and a few locals hanging around.  This was Matutu, a small village in Western Kenya.  I hoped this Matutu anyway.  There were no signs, and it isn’t on Google maps.  A boda boda driver took me to my meeting point.  A school somewhere nearby.
 
 
As we drove down the dusty, dirt roads, I was mesmerized by the scenery of lush, green, rolling hills.  And the locals were equally enamored with me.  Group after group of children running behind... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 KE Kenya
When Aditi and I arrived in Busia, dust-splayed and weather-beaten on the shared backseat of a boda boda, we did not look like your average tourists.
 
The midday sun was at its height, and as we throttled down miles of dusty country roads, the wind kicked up streaks of earth that colored my clothes red and coursed through my hair. Sitting on the very back of the motorbike, with Aditi sandwiched in-between me and the driver, I grasped for the metal bar behind me with one hand, and with the other, waved at an ever-evolving panorama of fruit sellers, truck drivers... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 US United States
Last week I felt like a star. I had a gymnasium full of people who either knew me or had heard of me. I had a rockstar team of Kiva employees doing my bidding. And to top it all off, someone made me a cake.
Aracely, one of the first Borrowers in Oregon, made us this gorgeous cake!


Well, to be honest, someone made Kiva Zip a cake. Same same, right?
 
The last Thursday of June saw the official launch of Kiva Zip in Oregon! As... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 US United States


Happy Fourth of July!

There's no better day than Independence Day to think about the priviledges we have being Americans. Here's a great video featuring two American Kiva Zip borrower's, Garrick and Diane, talking about how their Kiva loans have enabled them to achieve the "American Dream."



If you'd like to continue helping Garrick &... Continue Reading >>

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