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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Feb 22, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Story by Carly Bertolozzi. Photos by Brenton Gieser.

“To love in a manner that’s unhindered, that’s not wrapped in fear, that’s visionary and sacred,” Regina Evans says, describing her vision for her role in the world.

Regina is a healer and an advocate, an artist and a pillar in her community in Oakland, Calif.

She considers theater and her apparel store, Regina’s Door, her media, and...

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Feb 20, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

In February, Leona’s, a small batch ice cream company in Pittsburgh, Penn., made history by being the fastest ...

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Jan 24, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Story and photos by Catherine Cocke

In the early hours of Oct. 8, 2017, residents of Santa Rosa, Calif., awoke to a real-life nightmare as they watched flames cascade over the hills toward their homes. With only minutes to grab family members and escape from the fires coming their way, thousands of people — mothers, fathers, children — lost everything.

Dewitt, a resident of the Santa Rosa area, was among those battered by the fire. A father to 1 child, with another on the...

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Dec 20, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

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For just a moment, try to ignore those news alerts on your phone. Take a deep breath and join us in the Kiva universe–a kind and compassionate corner of the internet (some may say parallel dimension) where people help each other improve their lives, every day. Here in the Kiva universe millions of people carry out small acts of kindness all the time.

This year, those small acts...

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Dec 8, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

The holidays are fast-approaching! Enjoy a list of sustainable travel gifts, stories surrounding success and an update of what's new with Kiva as we move into the new year, below:  The compost crusader Gifts for the eco-minded traveler Kids aged 4 to 6 perform better during boring tasks when dressed as Batman Kiva U.S. loans now up to $25,000...

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Dec 7, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

All over the world, Review and Translation Program (RTP) volunteers offer their time and skills to ensure that the thousands of loans that come in from Kiva’s partners are edited and translated from our 5 key languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Russian. In the past 3 months alone, RTP volunteers have reviewed 57,199 loans, averaging over 19,000 loans per month. They enjoy being involved in the process from reviewing the original loans to seeing them fundraise on Kiva. This month we celebrate 3 of our incredible volunteers who work in 4 different languages - Audhild,...

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