Nov 18, 2014 US United States

Take a tour through Detroit with Kiva Zip and see this beautiful city through some of the local businesses that give it character and charm at every corner!   Continue Reading >>

Nov 17, 2014 SV El Salvador, KV Kiva HQ

Check out the recipe for these incredible El Salvadorean pupusas!


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Nov 13, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

     Amani is an independent female artist.  She has been working in the pottery business for two years buying plain pots and vases, decorating them, and then reselling them. She lives in Baqaa, a Palestinian refugee camp, and tells me its hard selling her goods in that area because the people there are very poor. Instead, she sells her work to stores in nearby Amman.      Amani’s Kiva loan was meant to go towards opening her own store between Amman and Baqaa. Around the time she received the loan, her husband lost a significant amount of money in the stock... Continue Reading >>

Nov 12, 2014 JO Jordan, MW Malawi, MZ Mozambique, TL Timor-Leste, VN Vietnam

There were too many posts from our fellows in the field to choose from, so we had to double up and share some more with you this week!

Caroline Dorr, KF25 in Timor-Leste I was so happy to find this little coffee shop here in Timor-Leste! Although many farmers grow coffee here, most Timorese coffee beans are...

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Nov 12, 2014 LR Liberia, SL Sierra Leone

The Ebola epidemic continues to have a widespread human and economic toll in West Africa. More than 4,900 people have died and fear of the disease continues to hamper economic activity.
Kiva’s Field Partners in Sierra Leone and Liberia have been affected in many ways. Some have had to close branches and shutdown operations temporarily. Tragically, all our partners in the regions report they have heard of borrowers who have passed due to Ebola.
All of Kiva’s partners in Sierra Leone and Liberia have also seen an...
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Nov 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Breaking the mold:
GoldieBlox releases an inspiring new toy to inspire young female engineers.  
Beat of a different drum:
A new take on visualizing rhythm.
Speaking of our history:
A wonderful map of old world language families.
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Nov 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

The following is an excerpt from a Kiva Zip guest post written by Oakland's Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf. You can read the full text of her post here. According to an Institute for Local Self-Reliance study released earlier this year, “42 percent of local businesses that needed a loan in the previous two years had been unable to obtain one"....This is where I believe Kiva Zip can play a valuable role. By empowering individual citizens to make loans as small as $5 to local small business owners, where banks are saying no to small business loan applications, we, the people... Continue Reading >>

Nov 6, 2014 GH Ghana, KE Kenya, US United States

Mary Jo Halder, KF25 in Washington D.C.
Like many other people, coffee makes me smile.
I’m lucky enough to be in DC, which has an awesome local coffee scene focused on providing great coffee that’s expertly crafted. Carina at Café Diem is doing just that. Café Diem is currently a pop-up in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood, but Carina is picking up the coffee truck that the Kiva Zip loan helped purchase this Friday. Soon, she’ll be spreading coffee goodness and smiles across the city—perfect as the weather begins changing and people...
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Oct 31, 2014 ID Indonesia, JO Jordan, NI Nicaragua, US United States

It’s hard to believe our 25th class of fellows (KF25) has been in the field for nearly 6 weeks now. They’ve already accomplished so much outstanding work with our field partners and trustees and have reported some great stories with fantastic pictures. 
Here are some highlights we couldn’t resist sharing with you:
Ignacio in Nicaragua stops by for lunch at Kiva borrower Blanca’s food stand.
Caroline captures an amazing sunset in Bali.
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Oct 31, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Presh (center) with 2014 World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Rajaram (right)
Presh rushes into the classroom a few minutes after the lunch bell rings, with an ice pack in one hand and a textbook in the other.  She apologizes for... Continue Reading >>