Apr 5, 2014 ZW Zimbabwe

I push the button and the black steel door slides across its tracks, revealing morning traffic and fallen rusty flowers from the nearby Flamboyant Tree.  Every morning it’s the same, as I start my 30-minute walk to the office.  For the next 2 kilometers, I wind...

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Apr 2, 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 area. Thankfully, my...
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Mar 30, 2014 US United States

Chef Garrick

 

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

 

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Mar 28, 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-minded nature.   “... Continue Reading >>


Mar 27, 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 comes to... Continue Reading >>


Mar 25, 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, William, trained... Continue Reading >>


Mar 25, 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 and MicroGraam, learned... Continue Reading >>


Mar 19, 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 incredible network has funded over $... Continue Reading >>


Mar 17, 2014 EC Ecuador

I'm currently reading Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath book. There's a section about London's response to the German blitzkrieg of 1940. Churchill and the rest of the government were worried that people would panic when the expected attack came. Psychiatric hospitals were set up in preparation for the mental casualties and an underground tunnel system was proposed. But when the attacks arrived, Londoners responded almost indifferently. Some claim it's a result of British stoicism but those are probably only British claims. Regardless of the personality traits, the British persevered,... Continue Reading >>


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