Jul 3, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This is a guest post by Kimberly Davies, Program Officer, Financial Services at the Grameen Foundation. Many industries view similar or related organizations as competitors. I’d like to think that the international development industry is unique in viewing others as collaborators. Since everyone in this industry is working toward a common goal -- poverty alleviation -- everyone is constantly looking for ways to share findings and learn from each other. Our biggest concern is reaching a common, hugely important mission. Since this desire outreaches any other... Continue Reading >>

Jun 26, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

While microfinance has become a powerful tool to fight poverty around the world, it leaves out a critical category of businesses that have the potential to create jobs and breakout growth in developing economies: Small and medium enterprises (SMEs for short). One country where this is especially true is Iraq. Still in the early stages of recovery from the war, the country needs SMEs to build a strong foundation for healthy economic growth. At the same time, cultural restrictions and domestic norms in Iraq have vastly reduced the number of career options for women --... Continue Reading >>

Jun 25, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

We could not be more excited to announce our very first presence in the Pacific Northwest! Oregon has joined the list of communities in the U.S. on Kiva, helping small business owners get the financing they need to grow and create jobs. What’s more exciting is that accompanying us for the launch was none other than Oregon’s First Lady, Cylvia Hayes! Kiva Zip will support the state’s Prosperity Initiative which aims to create a robust economy by removing barriers to overcoming poverty and empowering citizens to maximize their potential. Specifically, the goal is to reduce... Continue Reading >>

Jun 21, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Our partner Strathmore University in Kenya just posted a huge batch of new loans to help students from all over Africa afford college tuition!  We're so excited to be working with Strathmore -- one of the most prestigious private institutions on the continent -- to get young people the funding they need to succeed. Make a student loan today, and change a life in dramatic ways. It may be summer vacation, but too many bright, qualified students in Africa need to worry about affording education. Financial aid is extremely limited,... Continue Reading >>

Jun 21, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva Zip has now made loans in 35 states throughout America! And our next big launch will be in Portland, Oregon NEXT THURSDAY. We’re teaming up with Oregon’s First Lady Cylvia Hayes to roll out Kiva Zip as part of the state’s Prosperity Initiative, and we're so excited to have her support! We’ll be celebrating the launch next Thursday afternoon, and if you're a Kiva Zip lender in Oregon, we would love for you to...

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Jun 18, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Looking to begin a career in international development or social enterprise? Join the Kiva team as an intern and gain access to an influential personal and professional network of technology, non-profit, and microfinance professionals! 

Interns are essential to Kiva’s operations and its mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. There are a wide range of positions in a variety of departments where interns work closely with staff on high-impact projects in an educational and social work environment. This is no "fetching coffee and... Continue Reading >>

Jun 14, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

We’re excited to announce our new partnership with Kopernik in Indonesia! When we talk about the best ways to alleviate poverty in developing countries, we often bring up issues around education, clean energy, healthcare, savings and more. But poverty can also be tackled by establishing large-scale distribution networks to connect technology suppliers with users in remote areas. This is exactly why we partnered with Kopernik! Like in many developing countries, small kiosks are very popular in Indonesia and account for 85% of the Indonesian retail market. But... Continue Reading >>

Jun 13, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This spring, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative announced its goal to eradicate polio by 2018. National governments and global foundations immediately pledged millions of dollars to fund the program’s community health initiatives in the few countries (Nigeria, Pakistan, India) where endemic polio remains. Initially, the disease was supposed to have been eradicated by 1990, but despite a massive influx of resources from the WHO, Gates Foundation and UNICEF, campaign fatigue and lingering pockets of wild polio in hard-to-reach areas have allowed it to simmer on. The continued... Continue Reading >>

Jun 13, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

We are excited to have a guest post from David Bakke -- a Kiva Contributor from the blog Money Crashers Personal Finance. He lives with his young son in Atlanta, Georgia, and writes about money management and saving tips on Money Crashers. It's an unfortunate fact that our public school system does little to teach children about money and finances -- and that's unlikely to change any time soon. Therefore, as a parent, that responsibility lies with you and you alone. Teaching your children about money at an early age is a priceless gift, as it puts your kids on... Continue Reading >>