May 14, 2014 BO Bolivia, IN India, KE Kenya, UG Uganda, US United States

It has already been 4 months since our 23rd class of Kiva Fellows left our HQ in San Francisco and headed to work directly with our partners and borrowers in the field! Over that time, they’ve shared some inspiring experiences and captured quite a few incredible snapshots. We’ve compiled some of our favorites that will help give a glimpse into what four months in the life of a Kiva Fellow really looks like.
Zach Land-Miller sees two young boys walking home from school on a country...
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May 12, 2014 IQ Iraq

Nazira, an Iraqi widow and persistent entrepreneur, embodies the term ‘self-made.’

After her...

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May 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

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We could go on and on about the wonderful ways moms impact our lives! Check out 7 of our favorites, contributed by Kiva community members here> Continue Reading >>

May 1, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

“It’s both a challenge and a thrill to be able to work with different people, with different cultures and education levels, in different time zones, from all over the world. It is an opportunity that is hard to come by and I have loved it.” – Team Leader Jamie  Have you ever wondered how so many loans are posted to Would you like the opportunity to use your professional skills to impact the lives of Kiva borrowers? You could join Kiva to lead a team of volunteer editors and... Continue Reading >>

Apr 30, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Somedays 3:00 pm hits and I feel like a physical wall has dropped down on me; eager to get my blood sugar back up I head to Kiva's kitchen and grab a nutrition bar to help get me through the rest of the day, but not this week
This week, a team of Kivans and myself are participating in Live Below the Line (LBL), an annual event where participants live on $1.50 for food and drink each day for five days to raise awareness for extreme poverty. With 1.2 billion people still living below the global poverty line it's an...
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Apr 22, 2014 NI Nicaragua

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At Kiva, we believe in treating everyday like it’s Earth Day, which is why we’re especially proud of the green loans that fund through Kiva. These green loans are for individuals and small businesses that are reducing...

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Apr 16, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Meg Gray and Jennifer Bi also contributed to this report. In March, we introduced you to Jorgelyn Palima and Gerilina Ybanez, two Filipino women who used loans to rebuild after the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon swept away Jorgelyn’s sari-sari business and home, leaving her living in a shelter made of salvaged materials. With the help of Kiva’s Field Partner in Ormoc, NWTF, Jorgelyn received materials such as coco lumber and gypsum board to reconstruct her home. 


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Apr 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Updated April 9, 2014  On April 7, an internet-wide security vulnerability was reported for OpenSSL, the software used to encrypt web communications on the majority of e-commerce sites.  You can find out more about this bug, called Heartbleed, at the Wall Street Journal, CNET and the Guardian...

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Apr 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Each day when you visit Kiva’s site there are thousands of loans ready and waiting to be funded, but how do they get there? Money doesn’t grow on trees and neither do translated loans. 
Kiva relies on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and translate loans that come in from our partners in one of the five key Kiva languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian). 
We are so incredibly grateful to these talented volunteers, who are vital to Kiva’s mission to alleviate poverty. We...
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Apr 3, 2014 MR Mauritania

Investisseurs & Partenaires, Kiva’s new France-based partner fundraising loans in Mauritania, is on a mission to promote a new generation of socially-conscious entrepreneurs in Africa. Along the way, I&P is carving out a unique niche for itself in the world of small and medium enterprise loans. The investment group will only work with African businesses that have a record of outstanding social and environmental impact.  It also requires businesses meet a set of strict criteria, including no use of child labor, implementing anti-discrimination policies, managing supply... Continue Reading >>