Aug 16, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

When people have bold ideas, the world notices. Take a look at the stories below to see how people everywhere, from fourth graders to 60-year-old adventurers, are trying to change the world by daring to be bold.  Saving the world from aliens and vice versa: 9-year-old Jack tells NASA he should be their next planetary protection officer Conservation commentary:  3 students make popsicles from polluted water Fine... Continue Reading >>

Jun 20, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

In honor of World Refugee Day on June 20, people across the globe are coming together on Kiva to crowdfund $500,000 in loans for refugees, displaced peoples and their host communities – helping them move beyond emergency aid to regain some stability and build for the future. The loans are used to help refugees, displaced peoples and host communities start or expand a business, increase incomes and create jobs. They  are currently crowdfunding on and will be matched dollar-for-dollar on June 20 through the new Kiva World Refugee Fund. The World Refugee Fund aims to... Continue Reading >>

Jun 14, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is on the verge of funding $1 billion in life-changing loans to people around the world. This is the second in a two-part series tracing Kiva’s path from nonprofit startup and crowdfunding pioneer to a global force for good, pushing the boundaries of lending. Sometimes the problems in the world feel so big, it’s hard to imagine any individual can make a dent. In those moments of paralysis consider this: Kiva lenders collectively crowdfund more than $1 million in loans every 3 days. Those collective dollars translate into real power to do good in the world and have helped 2.4... Continue Reading >>

Jun 14, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is on the verge of funding $1 billion in life-changing loans to people around the world. This is the first in a two-part series tracing Kiva’s path from nonprofit startup to nonprofit unicorn pushing the boundaries of lending. There’s a persistent, toxic myth that people living in poverty don’t want to work, that they don’t dream of and strive for more, and that their lives are to be pitied. But anyone from these communities, or anyone able to take time to travel and connect, knows nothing could be further from the truth. The wealthy don’t have more feelings of joy and pride... Continue Reading >>

Jun 7, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Small businesses usually wait until they’re profitable before they try to do good. But Mamacitas Cafe, a local restaurant in Oakland, Calif., incorporated social responsibility into their DNA from the start. 
“The model is really our core mission. The whole reason for starting the business was to create jobs and leadership opportunities for young women in the community,” Shana, one of the co-founders, shared. “That will always be a constant in how we prioritize business decisions.”
To build a loyal customer...
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Jun 1, 2017 MX Mexico

This is part 4 of a 4 part series about Kiva's very first Lender Field trip to Mexico City in February 2017. The author, lender Sonia, is an ordained minister in California who is married with three kids. Sonia is an advocate for affordable housing, after school programs and immigrant rights in Los Angeles County, but remains very passionate about stewardship in the global community. When I discovered Kiva two years ago, I excitedly studied the website and immediately began to participate in microlending all over the world. I began by lending to individuals and groups located in the... Continue Reading >>

May 30, 2017 US United States

Kiva US supports thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners in America with microloans ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. With 0% interest and no collateral required, Kiva’s platform offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs in the United States What could your business do with an extra $10,000? How many improvements could be made? Many entrepreneurs across the country are already taking advantage of Kiva U.S. and here are 7 reasons they decided to ask for a loan. Do any of these cases sound familiar? 1) Invest in equipment: April used her loan to purchase...

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May 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

From mid-2015 through mid-2016, Kiva’s product, design and engineering teams took on a sizeable, 3-part challenge:  

-- Merge the functionality and content of a separate, “beta” website – Kiva Zip – into Kiva’s main lending website...

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May 4, 2017 MX Mexico

For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders were extended the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. Recently, 7 lenders visited 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It was a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close. This post is the third of a 4 part series, which came to us from the lender trip. This piece was contributed by Michael, who has been lending on Kiva since 2011.
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Apr 26, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

In honor of volunteer week, we’re talking to some of our current interns about their journey to Kiva. Our amazing volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have exciting visions of what they hope to accomplish during their time at Kiva.   
Interested in Kiva’s intern program? Find more information and apply here!
Aparna Ananthan - Strategic Initiatives Intern
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