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 >>
This week, I'm visiting Kiva partners in Colombia with my dad. It's the first time in my 10 years at Kiva that I've been able to take my dad to visit Kiva borrowers in the field. He's been my biggest cheerleader, believed in our dream before many others did and was also one of Kiva's first donors in 2005!
Kiva U’s very first video game is live! The interactive game can be played for free, online, with the goal of enabling younger audiences to learn more about microfinance. It helps middle school and high school students understand the microfinance lending cycle, the difference between loans and donations, and more about the main loan uses of Kiva borrowers. It’s the latest project from Kiva U, which brings together over 69,000 students and teachers in a community where they can access tools and resources to raise...Continue Reading >>
Kiva Fellows have been hard at work these past few months! From India to Tanzania, they have captured some amazing photos of borrowers.
Fellow Natalie Russell captured this photo of Celina, who sells small dry fish in Tanzania. Claire Eggers, a fellow in India, took this inspiring photo of Ganesh on his mushroom farm. A woman in Zimbabwe uses Kiva loans to support her clothing store, where Alan Mathers shot this photo. Eric Brandt (former fellow, current Kiva staffer!) captured this colorful moment of a woman in Palestine who uses her Kiva...Continue Reading >>
At Kiva, we love to travel and we love to trade travel advice! I grew up in the former Yugoslavia and, as a child, spent my summers on the Croatian coast visiting my grandmother. I’ve been lucky to return many times as an adult, but I never tire of its charms and fall deeper in love with the country every time I visit. I’m excited to share 25 can’t miss experiences that will make any traveler's visit to Croatia unforgettable. Read more at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>
Shell money is a traditional form of currency that was used in the Solomon Islands before bank notes were introduced. Some provinces still use shell money today, primarily for ceremonies, settling disputes, and bridal and land payments. It is beautifully crafted from seashells, often consisting of strings of differently colored shell-beads. Visit Kiva's Medium page to see how it's made! Continue Reading >>