Stories tagged with microfinance

Apr 4, 2014 GO Global Update
Freetown’s narrow, dusty and often unpaved streets seem to squeeze life through them at an intensity that is difficult to imagine in a ‘western city’.

Rivers of people and goods spill over from makeshift sidewalks into oncoming cars and motorcycle taxis that weave in and out of each other amid an endless din of beeping horns.

Hawkers hiss and suck their teeth to get your attention. Loudspeakers on an endless loop announce, “Voucher, Voucher, Top-up, Top-up, Afri-cell,  Airtel, Top-up, Top-up." A man calls, “Passport photo, passport photo,” in your ear, his... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 US United States
Elizabeth from The Happy Tomato displaying her sauce at Community Investment Collaborative's graduation ceremony in Charlottesville, VA.

It was my first week as a Kiva fellow. A few weeks earlier I left training in San Francisco and my laptop was filled with PDFs and powerpoints; I had all the facts of Kiva Zip down. In my mind, I knew that this was an innovative loan product; 0% interest loans crowdfunded by lenders around the world. Oh, and did I mention that the loan was 0% interest? That was the best part of... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 ZW Zimbabwe


I push the button and the black steel door slides across its tracks, revealing morning...

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Apr 4, 2014 KE Kenya
Sidi and I at her produce stall in Malindi!

 

After visiting various Kiva borrowers throughout the lush tea and dense maize fields of western and central Kenya, I now get to work with Milango Financial Services out of the coastal city of Mombasa!  There is a lot to enjoy on the coast.  

You do have to adjust to the heat, and be aware of the sometimes tense environment due to assassinations, violent protests and terrorist activity in the...
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Mar 3, 2014 US United States

Chef Garrick

 

“Nobody believed in me. They told me I couldn’t do it,” said Garrick, owner of Mason Catering...

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Mar 3, 2014 US United States
Evan Segal looks on as Tracy Carter speaks at the Kiva City Pittsburgh launch party.


“Pittsburgh is going to be a model for Kiva Zip.”

Evan Segal, a Pittsburgh business leader and Kiva Zip proponent, began the Kiva City Pittsburgh launch with a bold prediction. Last week, Pittsburgh became the 8th Kiva City, launching at Marty’s Market in Pittsburgh’s Strip District with over 160 attendees. The huge turnout demonstrated the potential in Segal’s promise, and Pittsburgh’s supportive, community-... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 MZ Mozambique
Carlos, a single father to a chronically-ill child, is building a house with his Kiva loan so he can start a small store in his home.


When I lend on Kiva, I want to support a budding entrepreneur, someone that shows innovation in their small-scale business, has big dreams and is now able to run after them. I like to imagine that as a Kiva lender, I am a small part of a catalytic process that opens the floodgates to the borrower’s success. I lend because I want to do something selfless, however when it... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 US United States
Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Julio and William, second-time Kiva Zip borrowers from Los Angeles.  Within a few minutes, I could see how warm, dedicated and hardworking they are.  They are committed to their families, their business and their Kiva Zip lenders.  I'm excited (and honored) to share their story with you.  
 

Julio & William
 
Julio first moved to the United States from El Salvador to escape civil war and build something better for his family.  His son... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 IN India


All across India, women are taking an active role in creating better living standards for their families.

Far from any cosmopolitan city, the village of Anawal is located in a rural area of the Bagalkot District, north of Karnataka in India.  Similar to other local villages, Anawal has a population of few hundred families striving to make a living in the harsh conditions of a hot semi-arid climate and working mainly in the nearby agricultural fields. This is where I met a wonderful group of women, who, with the help of the local NGO Future Greens Samsthe ... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 US United States
I heard a lot of great things about Oregon before moving here for the Kiva Fellowship: it's beautiful, no shortage of live music and local food, Portland is where all the “coolest” people from San Francisco eventually move… However, as I set out to get to know Kiva’s existing Trustees (partners that make our work possible in and around the Portland area) I was not expecting the immense amount of enthusiasm and excitement for our work, community, and the Kiva Zip program. In just 11 months since the posting of the first Kiva Zip loan in Oregon, this... Continue Reading >>

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