Jan 11, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Each borrower has a different story to tell, and Kiva’s Review and Translation Program (RTP) connects each of them with Kiva volunteers in order to communicate their story to the rest of the world. Volunteers at RTP get to practice their editing and translating skills in 1 of 5 languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian) while helping to bring Kiva borrowers a step closer to achieving their dreams. Today, our RTP volunteers edit and translate about 16,500 loans each month, with a total of about 21.4 million words reviewed and translated per year. This month we get a close-up... Continue Reading >>

Dec 29, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
By Talea Miller [field_fellow_contributors]

It’s been an incredible year here at Kiva, thanks to the passion and continued support of lenders like you. The Kiva community backed more than 320,000 borrowers in 83 countries in 2015, and enabled Kiva to add new Field Partners around the world, from Madagascar to Brazil to the Philippines. Check out more Kiva highlights, and beautiful photos, in our 2015 year in review. Continue Reading >>

Dec 23, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Photos by Kiva Fellows Christina Marie and Tim Chambers
Just as the demand for organic produce has skyrocketed in recent years, so has the demand for organic beauty products. People around the world are becoming increasingly conscious of what they put in their bodies, and on their skin.

That’s great news in the eyes of many proponents of holistic, natural living, like Roberte, a Haitian naturopath who started her own skincare business out of her basement in Port-au-Prince. She named her business...

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Dec 18, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Green news: New energy plans put Africa on track to be the cleanest content.
Mental exercises: Diversity helps you think better.
Coming to an agreement: A South African negotiating technique is used to get 195 countries to gain consensus.
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Dec 16, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

A little over three years ago, Chris Akin and his twin brother Doug founded The Base Project, a New York based social enterprise that creates jobs for artisans in the developing world and reinvests a portion of the profits for the development of community farms, scholarships and health funds in countries like Namibia and Syria. Read more about their story here. 

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Dec 14, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
By Joyce Kim [field_fellow_contributors]

On December 9, 2015 nearly 1,...

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Dec 11, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
By Deena Tailo [field_fellow_contributors]

In this vast planet of ours, it can be hard to imagine that each and every one of us has our own story to tell. When a photographer named Brandon began taking picture of people throughout New York, and later all around the world, Humans of New York became an international craze. Every post consists of a photograph, a story, and an inevitable reaction from the observer. Reading about a first hand account of what it's like to be a refugee on your way to the US, sharing a funny post that made you smile, or seeing the look on someone's face while you read what their life is like after being... Continue Reading >>

Dec 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Avelino is a proud coffee farmer who lives high in the Peruvian Andes. He works hard to support his family by growing and selling delicious coffee beans from his farm. Read more about Avelino here. Continue Reading >>

Dec 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
By Aurora Lee [field_fellow_contributors]

Back to school: Camfed teaches women how to be leaders in their communities. Featured story: The Economist takes a look at our field partner EarthSpark. Imagine: What would the world look like with better data? Positive outlook: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are optimistic about philanthropy. State of startups: What the stats have to... Continue Reading >>

Dec 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Not many high school students can say they’ve helped 500 loans reach borrowers around the world. But Lindsay Voves, a senior from Ridgefield High School in Connecticut, has...

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