Jul 21, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

The Tenderloin is a San Francisco neighborhood that sits at the heart of an emotional struggle for the city. Within a few minutes walk you can spot new multi-million dollar offices of tech giants. At the same time, you can see heartbreaking evidence of the city’s battle with homelessness, drug use and mental illness. But those who live and work in the Tenderloin know that it’s also a neighborhood filled with creativity, from vibrant street art to up-and-coming galleries. Read more at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>

Jul 17, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Say what?: The world's most commonly spoken languages and where you'll hear them.
Out of this world: New Horizon's journey past Pluto as told by photos.
[Insert applause here]: The Millennium Development Goals actually ARE making huge changes.
Wise words: Lee Pace doles some advice plus a Kiva...
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Jul 14, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This borrower from Vietnam is part of a group loan used for cultivating rice and vegetables, as captured by Kari Derenzi. Carly Schwartz took this photo of Miguel finishing up some baked goods that he and his wife sell in Mexico. This smiling borrower in Myanmar, as captured by Krittika Kaewmamuang, used her Kiva loan to purchase more livestock to raise and sell for additional income. Kari Derenzi, a fellow in Vietnam, captured this breathtaking sunset.... Continue Reading >>

Jul 12, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

One perk of travelling as a Kiva Fellow is definitely trying new types of local cuisines all over the world. This week, we asked our fellows to teach us something about their local food scene. Here are some of their mouthwatering responses: 
“To be honest, Kenyan cuisine is not that exciting. Ugali (maize flour cooked in water), sukuma (kale cooked with onions and tomatoes), kachumbari (tomato salad), chapati (fried bread), beans and...
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Jul 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

1. Kiva works with partners all over the world - and in 86 countries! 2. Kivans are GIF and donut enthusiasts.... Continue Reading >>

Jul 8, 2015 ZW Zimbabwe

Nomatter buys fresh fish straight from local fishermen, then hauls her purchase 8 km to her home where she dries and processes them. She's one of the many successful business women who have taken out Kiva loans through our Field Partner Camfed in Zimbabwe. Read her story at Kiva's Medium page! Continue Reading >>

Jul 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This July 4th, we’re honoring the many U.S. veterans who are also driven, inspiring entrepreneurs working in their communities. Kiva Zip lenders have successfully raised more than $365,000 worth of 0% interest capital for 79 veteran entrepreneurs. Check out a Q&A with one of these inspiring borrowers, Elizabeth. After serving in uniform for 12 years, Elizabeth is now fundraising to open her very own knit and crochet shop in Dayton, Ohio. What part of the armed forces were you in and for how many years did you serve? I spent 4 years at the Naval Academy, 5 years in... Continue Reading >>

Jul 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

We’re excited to announce Kiva won the Operational Effectiveness category in the Wall Street Journal’s Financial Inclusion Challenge! The Financial Inclusion Challenge is part of an on-going project for the WSJ called Financing the Future. We’re so excited to be recognized as a leader in financial inclusion and can’t wait to impact more lives through the power of lending....
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Jun 26, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Take us there: Don't like crowds? Check out these under-the-radar destinations.
Tiger adventure: Little boy's lost toy gets a tour of Tampa.
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Jun 25, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Our 27th Kiva Fellow class has been in the field for a few weeks now and we’re excited to share a few of their sights and experiences getting settled into the new countries, new homes and new assignments. We asked our fellows, “What made you smile this week?” and here are some responses: Carly Schwartz | Mexico City, Mexico “Two guys ran into the middle of the largest, busiest thoroughfare, Avenida de los Insurgentes in Mexico City, to perform and solicit donations every time there’s a red light.” Supharin Chatt | Bay Area, United States “Randomly running into a Kiva Zip borrower serving... Continue Reading >>