Dec 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Big win:
Grant for Digital Financial Services Innovation lab announced.
Wise words:
7 pieces of advice from 7 years at the helm of Brain Pickings.
What you can't see but still exists:
The night sky as viewed from modern cities without light pollution.
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Dec 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

This month, we’re spotlighting some of the amazing Kivans who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Kiva possible. Let’s start with two of the incredible folks who build and maintain the Kiva website and all the technical systems we rely on: Amy and Aswin! Q&A with Amy Rish, Engineering Manager at Kiva: What do you do at Kiva?  I am responsible for systems software development for Kiva's main database, Kiva’s reporting warehouse, and Kiva’s financial systems. I also monitor the integrity test process, which ensures that our millions of... Continue Reading >>

Dec 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is very excited to welcome our first partner in Egypt, and our first partner in northern Africa, Together Association for Development and Environment. TADE has been working to improve the environment and livelihoods in rural regions of Egypt since 2006. TADE provides poor people with business classes and individualized entrepreneurship coaching, as well as microloans. To improve community health, TADE also establishes community sewer systems, composting programs and housing improvement programs.
Mahasen is one of Kiva's...
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Dec 2, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Microlending in the U.S. you say? The United States is one of the most unequal countries in the world with regard to income. The statistics are staggering: America’s top 10% of income make 4/5 of the total income earned in the U.S. That leaves 90% of the population to split the rest. It is a unique and unfortunate quality of the United States to have low income communities living next door to so much inaccessible wealth. Accion uses microlending to change this. Without a credit history or collateral...

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Nov 26, 2014 AZ Azerbaijan, GH Ghana, ID Indonesia, MM Myanmar, PY Paraguay

Caroline Dorr, KF25 in Indonesia Rice is everywhere here in Bali, Indonesia! Rice (or “nasi” in Indonesian) is the staple food here and is eaten every day by almost all Indonesians. Not only is rice the staple food, but it is also a staple crop. Beautiful sprawling rice terraces make up much of the country’s landscape. The lush, green rice paddies turn to a golden yellow just before the rice is ready to be harvested. My favorite rice dishes here are steamed rice with various tasty sides (nasi campur) or fried rice with veggies (nasi goreng)!... Continue Reading >>

Nov 21, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Internet win:
The internet fixes Barbie and helps encourage young girls everywhere to pursue STEM.
That's our jam:
The free Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape on Google Play had us dancing around HQ.
Mark your calendar:
December 4th Twitter chat for mobile banking & other ICT solutions.
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Nov 20, 2014 AZ Azerbaijan, GH Ghana, KE Kenya, MW Malawi, MM Myanmar

Duen Krittika, KF25 in Myanmar

I learned that most of the farmers in Delta area in Myanmar, they have a duck farm for their second income. They buy baby ducks, raise them and sell the eggs. I want to support them with Kiva loan! ...

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Nov 19, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Nexus Carbon for Development Lao People’s Democratic Republic   Creating sustainable, low-carbon pathways towards poverty alleviation   Who are they? Nexus offers carbon-financing services to small and medium businesses in developing countries.  Nexus has committed to provide clean energy to 20 million people in developing countries and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million tons CO2eq by 2020.     You’ll love them if… you’re a fan of sustainable venture loans.   Learn more at: http://www.kiva.... Continue Reading >>

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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