Nov 26, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This is a continuation of "SF Budget & Finance Committee passes Kiva Zip Resolution" from 10/16/2013.

Just in time for Small Business Saturday, the City of San Francisco officially became part of Kiva Zip’s growing network of ...

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Nov 25, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

In a country where close to 4.3% of the population, or 137,000 people, are affected by disability, Suela -- a young entrepreneur with a physical disability -- envisions a space where young differently-abled individuals are able to socialize, participate in cultural activities, and access work opportunities without barriers. Since winning the Albanian Social Business Competition run by Yunus Social Business (YSB) in January 2013, Suela and her partners have been hard at work making their vision into a reality. The resulting social business initiative is E Jona, a coffee shop... Continue Reading >>

Nov 13, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This is a guest blog post by aManda Greene, Co-Director of Kiva Zip Trustee Youth SEED.

The Bay Area has a rich tapestry of social innovation. There are numerous incubators and accelerators, three Impact...

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Nov 11, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Team Impact Reports
Lending team members asked for a way to visualize their team's impact. To address this we have created team impact reports. You can now click through to view and share a team's impact report from a tab on each lending team page.
Annual Report
Kiva's core value of transparency has once again been expressed through our annual report. The annual report is packed full of information including statistics, a timeline and some of...
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Nov 8, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Since hitting the Philippines on Friday, Typhoon Haiyan -- also known as Yolanda -- has sparked fear throughout the region of Southeast Asia. Travelling at speeds between 147 and 195 mph, the storm has hurled wind, heavy rain and lethal waves at coastal towns, claiming the lives of four people already and leaving more than 750,000 at risk.
With a current category level of 4 out of 5, Typhoon Haiyan is one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record and is steadily growing into a category 5 as it moves throughout Southeast Asia and specifically...
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Nov 7, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Featured Volunteer: Joe Castrovinci's 6 years and counting of volunteer editing “I think Kiva is a great group, and I’ve never felt like I’m done with it. I received a Kiva Volunteer tote bag some time ago and when I take it to the supermarket, people will strike up conversations with me about Kiva. They are always so positive and will say things like, “I’m really glad you volunteer for them.” It’s also great when you tell people about Kiva who don’t know what it is – it doesn’t happen often in San Francisco – and you just see their eyes... Continue Reading >>

Nov 5, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This is a guest blog post by Kiva Zip Borrower Alan Haight. My wife and I farm in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. We've worked with California FarmLink for the past two years to get financial counseling and to obtain small annual operating loans to cover production costs. Last year, we discussed obtaining a FarmLink capital loan, and FarmLink sponsored us to obtain that loan from Kiva Zip.
Alan and Jo, Owners of Riverhill Farm
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Oct 25, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

They say that when you invest in a woman, you invest in an entire community. Today, families and communities across the developing world are experiencing the ripple effect of women’s empowerment. In a region severely lacking in financial services, Kiva is proud to offer our lenders the opportunity to support women and their communities in West Bengal through our new partnership with Belghoria Janakalyan Samity (BJS)! Since 2006, BJS has been working to promote the holistic development of underserved communities in West Bengal by empowering the women at the center of these communities.... Continue Reading >>

Oct 24, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Eight years ago, Kiva was founded in October 2005, and ever since, we’ve considered October to be the our birthday. This year, we want to take the opportunity to celebrate the connections our lenders are making with borrowers around the world. So we asked our community one simple question: “What made you connect with a borrower on Kiva?” We received an amazing number of responses filled with truly heartwarming and inspiring stories. 
We’ve featured two of these stories every day this week, concluding with our 7th and...
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Oct 23, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Headquartered in Nairobi, Junior Achievement Kenya is a subsidiary of Junior Achievement Worldwide, one of the world's largest and fastest growing nonprofit organizations committed to preparing the next generation of entrepreneurs for success in a global economy. Since 1999, Junior Achievement Kenya has reached at least 175,000 students with the support of 17,000 volunteers and 14 branches throughout the country.  Through hands-on training in work-readiness, business and financial literacy, Junior...

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