Apr 18, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
By Michael Light [field_fellow_contributors]

Kiva loves to celebrate its interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. Now past their mid-internship point, we sat down with a few of them to hear about their work and how their time at Kiva has impacted them thus far. Read below to hear how Kiva interns are working to become the next generation of social innovators. Archer Kiang – Global Partnerships Team: Impact (SF)

What led you to Kiva?  I wanted to get more experience in international development and wanted to go to grad school, and Kiva is a big name in...

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Apr 13, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

In a matter of days, Kiva lenders backed a $10,000 Kiva loan to one of the best restaurants in the United States at the beginning of April. Philadelphia's El Compadre, formerly South Philly Barbacoa, has received national attention for years for their slow-cooked lamb tacos, but a recent wave of press and attention following the restaurant’s feature in a Netflix documentary hosted by celebrity chef David Chang pushed their current location to its standing-room limit, necessitating an expansion. El Compadre founder Christina Martinez, who co-owns the restaurant...

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Apr 6, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
By Michael Light [field_fellow_contributors]

It's been described as the most important meal of the day, and is eaten by champions of all stripes around the world. But what does breakfast look like in the places Kiva works? Our new series all about food around the world will bring you everything from bowls of porridge to plates of pastry in some of the different countries Kiva borrowers call home. This month, we visit Vietnam, where the weather oscillates between insistent rain and confounding heat, to explore one of the most ubiquitous breakfast staples in a country where the cuisine shifts from south to north. That’s right, we’...

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Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
By Michael Light [field_fellow_contributors]

Kiva loves to celebrate its interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. Halfway through the internship cycle, we sat down with a few of them to hear about their work and how their time at Kiva has impacted them. Read below to hear what Kiva interns have to say about their experiences.

Olivia Cornfield – Kiva U Team (SF)

What led you to Kiva? I studied cognitive science in college and was really interested in the idea of neuroplasticity, growth and how people can change and grow toward what they want to be. I was...

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Mar 29, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

St. Louis-based entrepreneur Dawn Manske has successfully raised funds for Kiva loans on 3 separate occasions to expand her burgeoning clothing brand, Made for Freedom, whose mission is to provide women survivors of human trafficking employment opportunities, education and counseling.   In addition to a feature on Made for Freedom, this week’s Links We Like all come from the intersection of art, fashion and social consciousness, and explore the deeper impact of the clothes we wear and see on the runway. Look through them below, and find Kiva borrowers raising funds for clothing... Continue Reading >>

Mar 23, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Nestled in the center of Peru is a lush valley region defined by 3 rivers, with a notorious reputation as ‘cocaine valley.’ Peru is the world’s largest producer of cocaine, and nearly 70% of the coca leaves used to produce the narcotic are grown in the valley region, known by the acronym VRAEM. COOPAC Microfinanzas Prisma, a new Kiva Field Partner based in Lima, has 2 branches deep in the VRAEM region, serving some of the poorest and most...

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Mar 15, 2018 KV Kiva HQ


On March 8, 2018, the world recognized International Women’s Day with strikes to highlight gender inequality in Spain, marches against violence in Manila and New Delhi, student protests in Beijing and action across Kabul, Paris, Buenos Aires and dozens of cities in the United States.

At Kiva, nearly 52,000 lenders from 62 countries raised funds for women borrowers in the days surrounding International Women's Day, totaling $6 million in Kiva loans that went to over 13,000 women. To celebrate, this week’s Links We Like are global snapshots...

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Mar 1, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

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In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, will you join us in rallying to support the dreams of 10,000 women by backing their loans? To kick off this celebration, spread some inspiration by watching and sharing this video marking International Women’s Day.

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Feb 28, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Story by Talea Miller. Photos by Brandon Smith.

Phyllis’ life did not turn out the way she imagined it would.

She never expected to get divorced, or be a single mother. She never expected to start her own business or to find the strength within to go up against male competitors. Most of all, she never expected she would experience domestic abuse at the hands of someone she loved. But for years, that was her reality. Phyllis’ ex-husband often beat her so harshly she...

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Feb 26, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Story by Catherine Cocke; Photos by Brandon Smith

Phearong's nerves quickly took hold of her as she looked at the stage. "Oh my god! What am I going to say?" she thought as she frantically tried to get her friend to speak instead of her, but she steadied herself, determined to use her voice. She had worked for 25 years for this moment to speak boldly about pressing for progress on women's rights. Phearong took the stage to speak to dozens of ambassadors at the European Union Delegation gathered to discuss...

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