Apr 30, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This is a guest post from Kiva Zip Director Jonny Price. What's next? I’m a huge West Wing fan, and one of my favorite quotes from President Jed Bartlett is that whenever his team achieves a tremendous success – broker a peace deal in the Middle East, or resolve a dispute between trade unions and their employers, for example – the President asks “what’s next?” I think it’s a great way to approach life. Well we haven’t brokered any peace deals recently, but we are excited to announce that Kiva Zip... Continue Reading >>

Apr 26, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Little ones were buzzing about the office yesterday in celebration of Bring Your Child to Work Day! Proud Kiva dads and their tots at Kiva HQ in San Francisco. Celebrated the fourth Thursday of April since 1993, Bring Your Child to Work Day is a national holiday created to give kids of all ages a peek into the working world. We kept them busy all day with a variety of projects (and pizza and cookies). Older kids had the opportunity to shadow employees with careers they are interested in, while younger kids just ate up the opportunity to hang out with mom or dad at their work... Continue Reading >>

Apr 24, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Providing loans in the Palestinian Territories is clearly very challenging. The people who live there face both high levels of poverty and scarce employment opportunities. Given this environment, we at Kiva are pleased to work with responsible and effective partners to deliver loans in both the West Bank and Gaza. Today, we work with two of the most impactful microfinance institutions in the region, and Kiva lenders have made over $5 million in loans to more than 2,800 borrowers with their help. Noman (pictured below) is one of them who was able to improve his livelihood. Meet our... Continue Reading >>

Apr 23, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

"Globalization and new technologies are often seen to have changed the world for the worse. For me, Kiva is an expression of how to harness these forces for the good, bringing together people from across the planet to change lives in a sustainable way. I want to be a part of that change by giving time as well as money." City: Brussels, Belgium Language: English Review & Translation Team: The Write Stuff Time with Kiva: 2 years and 4 months Outstanding contributions to Kiva: Kyla... Continue Reading >>

Apr 23, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This is a guest post contributed by Kiva Fellow Esther Honig, who is stationed with our partner Fondo Esperanza in Chile. In a rural town outside the southern city of Curico, Chile, I’m sitting at a small fold-out table with a 60-year-old Kiva borrower. I’ve just taken photos of her posing proudly inside her business, a small cinder block restaurant that she’s owned for the past 10 years. She’s flattered to have her picture taken and to know that thousands will see her on the internet. But, in order for Kiva to use any of these images, she must sign a release... Continue Reading >>

Apr 19, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Earth Day is this Monday! What will you be doing to celebrate and protect the earth? Did you know you can use Kiva to do your part for the planet? By lending to help people afford clean energy, switch to organic farming practices and more, you can make the world a better place in several ways at once! Developing countries are industrializing fast -- but we don’t have to choose between creating opportunity and preserving the environment. By financing the right technology for the people who need it most, we can do both. On Monday, 192 countries will demonstrate their... Continue Reading >>

Apr 18, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

We're thrilled to announce that we launched our new office in Nairobi, Kenya last night! So thrilled that we are literally jumping for joy! Kiva staff members celebrating outside the new office. Why Nairobi? We're so glad you asked! It was an obvious choice because we currently have 16 field partners in Kenya -- the most we have in one country! On top of that, the United States and Kenya are currently the only countries where we're growing the Kiva Zip pilot program. What's even cooler, the office is located on the campus of one of our... Continue Reading >>

Apr 17, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

We launched our partnership with Yellow Leaf Hammocks just over 3 months ago, and already progress is being made. Yellow Leaf provides high-wage weaving jobs to artisans in the hill tribe communities of rural northern Thailand. By creating an international sales channel for high-margin eco-luxe hammocks, Yellow Leaf empowers these marginalized people to alleviate poverty, advocate for social justice, and combat environmental degradation. Traditional hunting and gathering in this region of Thailand has been significantly disrupted by rapid deforestation and economic development. This has left... Continue Reading >>

Apr 16, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

With yesterday's release of new changes to the Kiva website, we’re excited to introduce a new dashboard to your Kiva Portfolio page. Our hope is that this new dashboard will be an easy way to visualize the impact you’re making on Kiva -- through loans, donations, invitations, lending teams, global reach, etc. 


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Apr 15, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Did you know that Kiva offers loans in the Palestinian Territories? Anyone who reads the news knows that this is a very challenging operating environment. Kiva is proud to be supporting creative and courageous entrepreneurs in the region. For the month of April, we will be highlighting Palestinian borrowers and our lending activities to help people build brighter futures. GEOGRAPHY The Palestinian Territories are divided into two parts -- the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The West Bank is small in area -- slightly smaller than Delaware, and the Gaza Strip is even smaller... Continue Reading >>