Oct 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

**UPDATE** Oct. 22 -- We did it! Thank you to all the Kiva supporters who voted in the Google Impact Challenge. Because of you, Kiva was awarded the grand prize of $500,000! We are so excited to continue growing our impact locally and globally with the Kiva community.  

Oct. 5 -- Exciting news! Kiva Oakland is a finalist in the Bay Area Google Impact Challenge and could win $500,000 to grow more neighborhood businesses. Please vote to support Oakland's small business owners. Voting takes just 2 clicks and requires no registration or email! The...

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Oct 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This  story is part of a series celebrating San Francisco small businesses as part of the Kiva SF launch. Learn more> San Francisco native Danny Paz Gabriner left his job in the tech industry 6 years ago with a dream to start his bread baking company, Sour Flour in the Mission district. “There are 4 reasons why I chose to focus on bread,” Danny says. “Bread has been around for a really long time as a staple food, everyone that... Continue Reading >>

Sep 30, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This post is part of a series celebrating San Francisco small businesses as part of the Kiva SF launch. Learn more>

Azar’s training as a barbeque master started at a very young age. Growing up in East Palo Alto in the 1980s, he was a fixture at his parent’s restaurant, Goldie’s Barbeque. Goldie, Azar’s mother and the namesake of the restaurant, taught Azar how to prepare food and run the business. “After Azar...

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Sep 27, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This post is part of a series celebrating San Francisco small businesses as part of the Kiva SF launch. Learn more> Turtle Tower is a popular Vietnamese restaurant renowned for their Northern Vietnamese style chicken soup. Started by a Vietnamese immigrant couple, Turtle Tower has become a staple of the Tenderloin district over the last 15 years and attracts San Franciscans from all walks of life to the area. Thao is the family’s eldest daughter and began working at Turtle Tower from an early age. “We have been here for 15 years and have seen this community transform,” Thao... Continue Reading >>

Sep 25, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Moving: Follow these photographers as they journey to a new place.
Double bottom line: Kickstart become a public benefit corp.
Green news:...
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Sep 23, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kat Tancock Kiva Volunteer of the Month, May 2015 "I've been a Kiva member/funder for years. I really appreciate the microfinance model both functionally as a way to get money out to people who need it and in terms of marketing and getting donors engaged." City: Toronto, Canada Language: Russian Team: Russiva Time with Kiva: 1 year, 8 months Outstanding Contributions to Kiva: Kat has been very communicative and active on the Russian Board of the Forum providing valuable knowledge to other translators. She is very consistent with over 630 loans reviewed which averages over... Continue Reading >>

Sep 16, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

It may be hard to believe (we’re still in shock!) but we just hosted our twenty-eighth class of Kiva Fellows here at our headquarters in San Francisco. Before embarking on their 4 month fellowships, fellows join us in SF for a week of action-packed training. Kiva knows that people around the world endeavor to help each other and this class exemplifies that with 30 fellows from 12 different countries joining together to volunteer with Kiva in 10 countries and 7 cities across the US. 
Get a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes at Kiva in the...
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Sep 15, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This post was contributed by Keiley Gaston, a Kiva lender and intern at Kiva Field Partner Accion East. I carefully choose the filters for the Kiva loan I am about to make: Female, check. Underfunded areas, start-ups, green, vulnerable groups. Check, check, check, check. Groups or individuals? I’ll check both. I scroll through the hundreds of matched borrowers Kiva presents to me. I am drawn to those who seem innovative, hardworking, and have children they are trying to send to school. When three friends and I started a microfinance club in our town in 2010, we made a commitment to... Continue Reading >>

Sep 11, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Newton news: Gravity-powered lamps for when the sun goes down.
Really: Printed solar panels. Seriously.
  Changing perspective: A new look at Kenya's slums could change how you see them.
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Sep 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva has been called the “hottest non-profit on the planet,” by Fortune and a top 50 website by Time. Not only is Kiva an awesome place to work, it also is the world’s pioneering crowdfunding for social good platform and is devoted to strengthening individuals and their communities through lending. Here are some reasons why Kiva’s 15th Intern Class...

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