Mar 11, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

“I’m going to show his father that I’m worth more as a woman, that I don’t need a man at my side," said Lourdes. "And I’m going to prove it to my family as well who criticized me so much.” This story is part of Kiva’s Dreams are Created Equal series. For the next month, we’ll be sharing stories of Kiva borrowers’ dreams and how they’re working towards achieving them. The first in our series comes from Asuncion, Paraguay. Read Lourdes's story at Kiva's Medium.  Continue Reading >>


Feb 27, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Winter wonderland:
It's been a tough one for some, but these red pandas can't get enough of the snow.
 
A different type of internet quiz:
You'll want to post this on your Facebook wall.
 
That dress:
The internet had a meltdown and no one was immune.
 
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Feb 19, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Here at Kiva, we are constantly trying to learn about the world around us, dreaming about visiting new places, meeting new people and trying new things. We know that you, as Kiva lenders, share a lot of the same interests, which is why we started a series featuring some of the top can't miss things to do and see in countries around the world.  Our next spotlight is on New Zealand. We asked family, friends and of course, our seasoned Kiva travelers for their best tips for enjoying mythical Middle Earth. Read the full post at Medium  Continue Reading >>


Feb 18, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Réseau de Micro-institutions de Croissance de Revenus (RMCR) Mali Supporting women entrepreneurs in francophone Africa Who are they?  Réseau de Micro-institutions de Croissance de Revenus is a French NGO that provides microloans to underserved communities in rural Mali. It focuses on making financial services available to women borrowers and fostering an entrepreneurial culture in order to support economic development. The organization also offers borrowers a unique opportunity to gradually assume more financial responsibility by... Continue Reading >>


Feb 13, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Share the love:
31 people say 'I love you' in their native languages.
 
Tips and tricks:
Kiva food experts spill their best hacks.
 
How to REALLY pronounce that place:
Important notes for globetrotters.
 
Your new beachfront property:
What major cities could look like with rising seas and clever naming.
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Feb 12, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

In light of Kiva’s #LoanLove Lightning Round, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge coming from our Kiva Zip food production borrowers this week! A few tips for what to eat as well as how to eat some of the delicious foods from our borrowers. 
 
 
Sniff out good olive oil:
Heather of Olive & Marlowe is a Kiva Zip borrower and trustee who sells artisanal olive oils and balsamic vinegars. If you want to know if your olive oil has gone bad, rub a drop of it onto your forearm and smell. A fresh olive oil...
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Feb 9, 2015

Let’s make Valentine’s Day truly sweet for Kiva borrowers around the world! You are invited to participate in Kiva’s Loan Love Lightning Round, a flash fund to help support our food producing and vending borrowers. Our goal is to fund 1,400 food businesses by February 14!
 
Food producers and vendors help support their families and communities in many ways that range from managing farms to selling home-cooked products in local marketplaces. Funding will allow them to do everything from diversifying their selection of crops to buying...
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Feb 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

When you travel with children you experience things in a whole different way. Challenge yourself to slow down, explore, wonder and go with the flow. Challenge your family to learn and try new things. Most of all have fun! Here are a few tips to help you and your little ones get the most out of your trip. Read the full post at Medium>... Continue Reading >>


Feb 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Flash back to 8:30 on Monday morning: Brace yourself, that hot coffee in your hand is about to become useless. Behind the Kiva doors lies the reason why: our newest fellows class, the 26th(!!!) Kiva has sent into the field, has descended on our headquarters in San Francisco for a week of training. 
 
Last week was, simply put, a whirlwind. We welcomed 34 new fellows to the Kiva family from an amazing 12 different countries and sought to teach them everything they’d need to know for their assignment. Our farthest fellow is traveling from San...
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Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

“I feel like a millionaire everyday…" - Nestor "I couldn’t have done this without Kiva Zip." - Mechele "Seeing people contribute from all over the world is so cool…These loans really do change lives.” - Kathryn

Those are just a few of the Kiva Zip borrowers who want to thank you for your support. You believed in someone’s dream and abilities, assisted in strengthening the entrepreneurial spirit in the United States and are setting a great example for others to “pay it forward.”

Thanks to the support from the Kiva Zip community of lenders, like you,...

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