Stories tagged with United States

Jul 7, 2015 US United States

Blair, a successful Kiva Zip borrower, microloan evangelist, and bug expert.

If you see a bug in your house, do you reach for a can of Raid? Blair Leano-Helvey, a Kiva Zip borrower in Louisville, KY, wants you to know there’s a better solution. Better for you and your family, better for the planet, and better for small business....

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Apr 4, 2015 US United States
Photo Cred: Central Wesleyan Church

A letter can’t make that much of a difference in the overall scheme of things…right? I mean, how much lost in translation really is there from adding a letter (neighbor v. neighbour – you may just sound that much more sophisticated with the latter, but that’s about it), subtracting a letter (foregoing v. forgoing – you’ve either already passed the thing by or never had it in the first place, so I wouldn’t worry about it either way),... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2014 US United States
Ari Raz with one of PureJoy's baby food varieties. Photo by Ralph Alswang.


There are very few people who would buy a one-way ticket to Washington DC with the dream of getting into food production. Meet Ari Raz, one of the founders of PureJoy, who capitalized on the city’s strong entrepreneurial spirit and support for small food businesses.

Ari initially intended to start a restaurant. However, he had little experience in food production itself. Thoughts then shifted to a different type of food... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 US United States
Statue of Liberty

Kiva lenders make loans to individuals seeking to improve their business. They support expanding access to capital for these entrepreneurs. Most people know Kiva for its work across the globe – but did you know that includes the US? Kiva works with US-based microfinance institutions to address the lack of access to capital small businesses face around the world.

In the US, we hear a lot about the importance of small businesses. The vast majority of these small businesses employ... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 US United States

 
If you ever get the chance to visit Richmond, you will most likely spend some time in an area called Carytown. Strolling down West Cary Street you can linger at restaurants, and shop in one of the many locally owned establishments on the street. You will also see not one, not two, and not even three, but four grocery stores all within a few blocks of one another. There is certainly no shortage of access to fresh food in this area.

Other areas of Richmond aren’t as... 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 >>
Aug 8, 2013 GO Global Update
Prior to becoming a Kiva Zip fellow, I had not seen examples of microlending in the U.S. and initially questioned what kind of impact a Kiva microloan could have here compared to countries in which a dollar stretches much further.  However, after serving three months as a fellow in Newark, NJ, I have seen first-hand the power each Kiva Zip loan has.  While creative and determined small business owners abound in this country, 3,000 of them are turned down for loans by banks every day.  The need for capital is great and Kiva Zip provides a platform to meet it.  Beyond the... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2013 GO Global Update
My experience as a Kiva Zip Fellow in Richmond has been exciting, unique, memorable, thought-provoking, eye-opening, I’ve had my ups, I’ve had my downs, mostly ups though, and I’ve been able to meet extremely intelligent individuals who are passionate about economic development, and who have shed a light on so many questions I had regarding a career in the non-profit sector, and more specifically, in economic development. And it couldn’t have been a better time, as I’ll be going into my senior year of college now, and will soon be making tough decisions that will affect the rest of my career... Continue Reading >>
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 >>
Apr 4, 2013 US United States

By: Abhishesh Adhikari

One of the best parts about my Kiva Fellowship has been the opportunity I get to meet and interact with entrepreneurs. During the 4 months that I spent in Kyrgyzstan, I helped Bai Tushum (Kiva’s partner MFI) launch a new Startup Loan Product and met a wide variety of entrepreneurs all across that country. After I got back from Kyrgyzstan in January, I have been working on a new Kiva project called Kiva Zip, trying to expand it here in Chicago.

Kiva Zip is a new initiative to make interest-free, small business loans to entrepreneurs in...

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