Jun 27, 2014 GH Ghana

When it comes to soccer, few countries can compare with the intensity and enthusiasm Ghanaians show for the sport.  When Ghana’s national team (the Black Stars) plays, everyone and I mean everyone is following the match and a contagious optimism permeates the air - no matter who the team is playing.    As one of Africa’s best known teams there is tremendous support all around the world for the Black Stars.  Ghanaians know the special place the Black Stars hold in world soccer and take a special pride in all things Black Star related.  And, as the World Cup is set to... Continue Reading >>


Jun 27, 2014 UG Uganda

Meet Agnes. Agnes is a huge fan of Kiva. She's currently repaying her 6th Kiva loan and enthusiastically states that it likely won't be her last. An outspoken mother of four children, Agnes describes living with four children as "chaos" - but pride is evident on her face as she rattles off their achievements. Her eldest daughter recently finished a business degree, her second eldest is studying IT at university, and the two younger ones are currently excelling in high school. Agnes lives in a suburb of Kampala where she used to be a member of a borrowing group. When some other members... Continue Reading >>


Jun 26, 2014 KE Kenya

When a mzungu meets a Kenyan dairy cow
It’s 3pm, heading to the office, after back to back meetings since early morning with mostly dairy farmers. We've been talking to Kiva borrowers, for borrower verification, hours away from the main business districts in the green region of Nkubu in Kenya. Now we're waiting with the loan officer for a boda boda (moto taxi) to drive us on the bumpy roads before jumping into a matatu (microbus) to our final destination, looking for some shade and freshness away from the sun and... Continue Reading >>


Jun 25, 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 lucky. Venture over to the Southside or the East End, and you will find food... Continue Reading >>


Jun 24, 2014 KE Kenya

Florence and her cow shed acquired with her Kiva loan
I will never forget the day I faced this existential question for the first time...   As a Kiva fellow, I was questioning Florence, an energetic farmer in her fifties, about her family, business, during borrower verifications in the tea plantations of Nkubu in Kenya.   Although she initially thought about buying dairy goats with her Kiva loan, she eventually decided to increase her existing cow productivity and her kids’ sanitation with it. She built a... Continue Reading >>


Jun 11, 2014 KE Kenya

Nowhere is the spirit of Entrepreneurship more rampant than in Gikomba market. Gikomba is the largest second-hand clothes market in East Africa. This open-air market located near the Eastleigh neighborhood of Nairobi is home to hundreds of traders.  The traders are small retailers that sell second-hand clothing they purchase from larger distributers for a small profit.  This is a bustling market and on any day, you can hear retailers shouting over each other trying to attract customers to their stall. Recently the market has been plagued with multiple disasters.  In mid-March... Continue Reading >>


Jun 2, 2014 KE Kenya

Our trustee Kelvin Wambugu from EcoZoom with their products
Over 4 million people die prematurely from illness attributed to the household air pollution from cooking with solid fuels. An estimated 25% of global CO2 emissions are generated by the rural poor – accounting for significantly more than all global transportation-related emissions combined. To address these problems, organizations such as EcoZoom, a Kiva Zip trustee in Kenya, bring clean-burning cookstoves (and other ecological products) to people in... Continue Reading >>


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 >>


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