Dec 31, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

With 2013 coming to a close, many of us are reflecting on the last 12 months and perhaps even creating some new year's resolutions as we look forward to 2014. For some lenders, this coming year might be a chance to make plans with old friends, learn a foreign language, or read a book they never got around to. But did you know that by lending through Kiva you're also contributing to the goals set by world leaders? As part of a new blog series, we’ll be taking a look at the United Nations’ Millenium Development Goals and examine how Kiva loans contribute to addressing...
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Dec 27, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Today, Kiva entrepreneurs around the world are making fundamental changes in their own lives and the lives of their families -- from a Ugandan farmer looking to buy seeds and tools for increasing crop yields, to a talented seamstress hoping to start a business with a new sewing machine. But some entrepreneurs still face difficulties accessing the capital they need to create jobs and address larger, community-wide issues of poverty
 
In industrialized nations, these small and medium enterprises (5 - 250 employees) are...
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Dec 12, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

We're excited to have the following post from Will Sutton -- a Kiva Contributor. Will is a father, entrepreneur, and writer who discusses topics related to personal finance and business.
 
Kids should learn the fundamentals of finance from a young age, and since schools generally do little to that end, the responsibility falls mostly on parents. Showing children the importance of saving money, the dangers of credit card debt, and the benefits of effectively managing their finances are all essential elements of parenting. In addition to...
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Dec 12, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

We’re thrilled to announce that this morning, Kiva received a Google Global Impact Award as an entrepreneurial team who thinks on a global scale and has a “healthy disregard for the impossible.”
 
We’ll be using this grant to launch Kiva Labs, a new initiative that delivers the power of crowdfunding and microfinance to critical solutions in agriculture, clean energy, mobile information, and other transformative technologies.
 
Tech-driven solutions in each of these areas are driving progress around the...
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Dec 10, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

The holiday season is upon us! As you begin your holiday shopping, we want to make sure you know about a few awesome gifts that help support Kiva.

Give your friends and family a small gift that makes a big difference – the...

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Dec 9, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Because Kiva lenders are social investors, the crowdfunded capital from Kiva's website can help places and organizations that commercial capital isn’t willing or able to serve, including countries and regions affected by conflict, war and political unrest. In my time working for Kiva as Field Support Specialist for Francophone Africa and the Middle East and Portfolio Manager for Francophone and North Africa, I’ve had the privilege of working with a variety of microfinance institutions (MFIs) serving conflict-affected areas such as Palestine, Mali and the Democratic Republic of the...
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Dec 6, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

In 2008, Dave Smith was seeking a project for his seventh-grade students that would demonstrate the value of “paying it forward.” He first discovered Kiva when he was invited by a friend and it turned out to be exactly what he was looking for – an actionable way to teach students about global development. So Dave put forth a challenge to his school and local community in New Holland, PA: raise one million dollars for Kiva borrowers. The social studies classes would be using microfinance and Kiva U as a vehicle for learning about other cultures and geography. Now in its 6th year, the...
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Dec 5, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

International Volunteer Day couldn't come at a better time in the Kiva office. Last week, we passed a major milestone with over $500 million dollars lent to borrowers around the world. And this never could have happened without the hard work and dedication of our incredible volunteers that work behind the scenes.  
“The contributions of volunteers are vital to Kiva's success whether they contribute in our office, with our partners abroad, or working remotely,” said Kiva Fellows Program Director Jacob Schultz. “Simply put: without their effort, their...
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Dec 5, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This is a guest blog post by Kendra Ott, Associate Director of Business Advising at Pacific Community Ventures, a Kiva Zip Trustee.
 
Entrepreneur Corey Rennell saw that a lot of consumer-packaged goods were much more focused on profit than they were on peoples’ health and decided to do something about it. He founded CORE Foods on Earth Day 2010, significant because it is a nonprofit packaged food company that is good for you, good for the planet and good for the local community.
Since its start, CORE Foods has produced...
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Dec 3, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Last update on December 30 Following the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, we reached out to our family of Field Partners, borrowers, Fellows and field staff to check on their safety and well-being. We wanted to share those updates -- including additional ways you can help -- as we receive them here. We've also received a lot of interest in forgiving loans for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, and our Field Partners are currently going through the process of assessing the situation with each of their clients. Since those Field Partners are in the best position to determine... Continue Reading >>


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