Nov 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Meerim is pursuing her dream of diplomacy, to introduce her country and everything she loves about it to other nations around the world. She is an ambassador for all girls who dream to follow in her footsteps someday. Read her story and watch her video at Kiva's Medium Page. Continue Reading >>

Nov 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Photo courtesy of EarthSpark International.

This post is the first of a 3 part series highlighting some of the innovative loans that the Kiva community has helped us test and scale.

There are 1.3 billion people worldwide who live without access to electricity. What does that mean exactly? It means that those 1.3 billion individuals experience limited, if any, access to clean water...

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Nov 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva's Speakers Program | Helpful tips and information for speakers Thank you for joining us to speak at an event and spread Kiva's work and mission to a larger community. The Speakers Program is a way to connect and reach out to individuals and communities interested in microfinance, poverty alleviation and the role Kiva plays in the global community by bringing a Kiva...

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Oct 30, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva fellows are our eyes and ears out in the field and are such an integral part of the organization. As they work for the greater good, they also get to experience life in different countries and all the wonders of encountering another culture. This week our fellows taught us something about the culture of the city or country they are currently working in!
"This past Friday was the local "Fire Festival... Continue Reading >>

Oct 27, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

The Kiva staff celebrating a decade of impact outside Kiva's headquarters in San Francisco. In October of 2005, Kiva was founded as a nonprofit and an incredible journey began. Ten years later, Kiva has grown into a global force for good and a place where acts of mutual respect, kindness and faith occur every hour of every day. We’ll be celebrating a decade of impact over the next year and have so much in store to share with you. But we wanted to take this moment to extend a very sincere thank you to all Kiva borrowers, lenders, Field Partners, volunteers and staff. Look... Continue Reading >>

Oct 23, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Health tips: Elephants have a secret weapon to staying cancer free in their genes.
The tech track: Nairobits teaches young girls to code in Kenya. 
A fluffy recluse: This magic rabbit hasn't been seen in 20 years.
Must watch: If you build a robot, that robot will build it...
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Oct 19, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This is a guest post written by Chris Buccella, a dedicated volunteer who runs KivaStore to help share Kiva with the world.

What's geocaching you ask? Geocaching is a global treasure hunt! A “cache” is a hidden container, containing a logbook and perhaps some small “treasures” for the taking. There are over 2 million caches, hidden all over the world. Visit for more information, and to see how many caches are hidden near you. Any one can take or contribute items to a cache, but one of the more interesting items are trackables. Custom-made coins...

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Oct 16, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

The joys of traveling are limitless, especially when your journey is for a good cause. The people you meet, the relationships formed, the new scenery, the street art, and, of course, the local cuisine are just a few things that make adventures in unfamiliar places so exciting. This week, our Kiva fellows shared...

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Oct 14, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Meet Kristina! She is the Kiva Coordinator at Bai Tushum, one of Kiva’s Field Partners in Kyrgyzstan. Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Kristina in her office and walk through her process for posting a loan. Getting the info she needs Kristina relies on about 190 Loan Officers who are spread out amongst Bai Tushum’s 7 branches and 40+ sub-branches to find the borrowers that she will post and collect the correct information about each of them. Keeping this many people up to speed on Kiva policies and requirements is no easy task. She relies on... Continue Reading >>

Oct 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Making strides: Global poverty predicted to fall below 10% for the first time.
Sweet news: A beekeeping program in Chicago keeps the formerly incarcerated out of jail.
The first ripple: The world's first solar-powered airport is flourishing.
Childish ideas: They're...
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