Sep 17, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Farmers are awesome, aren’t they? We certainly think so! That’s why we held a Flash Fund from Sept 8-12 to help fund 500 farmers’ Kiva loans. Kiva farmers come from all over the world but are united in their passion for cultivating opportunity from hard work.
Thanks to Kiva lenders rallying to show their support, we smashed tour goal and more than 1150 farmers’ loans were funded during Flash Fund week
Among the 1150 were young farmers, like Sibonisiwe in Zimbabwe, who owns a poultry...
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Sep 17, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Ibdaa Microfinance SAL Lebanon Serving Vulnerable Refugee Communities Who are they? Ibdaa Microfinance SAL aims to improve the unemployment rate of Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon by providing loans to entrepreneurs in these communities.  The organization puts a special emphasis on youth entrepreneurs, and ensures that each young borrower is matched with a mentor to provide business development services and insight.   You'll love them want to improve the quality of life... Continue Reading >>

Sep 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Need to read: The amazing and heartbreaking untold story of the Bajau Laut.


A modern tyranny: How America came to rely on the least delicious apple.


Progress over time: Watch a decade of economic growth in Africa.


A moving perspective: Astronaut Frank...

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Sep 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

As the leaves change color, the air cools and farmers everywhere begin to gather their harvest, you know autumn has arrived in the U.S. In every culture, harvest season is regarded as a time of bounty and prosperity and is celebrated through holidays and festivals. This week, Kiva is celebrating farmers and all the hard work they do around the world by flash funding 500 farmers in 5 days! Join the effort by making a loan to a farmer.
One of the reasons farmers need our support is that their livelihoods are so unpredictable. Once the seeds are...
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Sep 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Amazing visual:
Real-time map of winds around the world.
Money market:
Ecuador may be set to be the first country to digitize its currency.
Reading corner:
5 essential reads on international development.
Summer's end:
One last dose of beach beauty before autumn rolls in.
Children are our future:
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Sep 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva’s loans come in all shapes, sizes and languages. Lucky for us, there’s a team of hard working multilingual volunteers on Kiva’s Review and Translation (RTP) team who make it possible for us to get these loans onto the site!
Kiva partners operate in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian) and we rely on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and translate loans so they can be published to our site in English while preserving the original author’s voice and emotion. 
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Sep 2, 2014 SL Sierra Leone

Freetown, Sierra Leone
More than 3,000 cases and 1,550 deaths have been reported so far in the Ebola outbreak devastating West Africa. Two countries where Kiva works, Liberia and Sierra Leone, are among the hardest hit and have both declared a national state of emergency.   In addition to the devastating loss of life in affected communities, the epidemic is having a serious negative impact on local economies. Schools, markets, banks, and stores have been closed, and local travel has been... Continue Reading >>

Sep 2, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Thank you for making this an incredible first year for Kiva U, Kiva’s student and teacher program! When Citi and Kiva launched the Kiva U initiative in September of 2013, we had no idea what to expect. We hoped that if we created and shared useful and compelling content and resources, we could help students and teachers learn about poverty, microfinance, entrepreneurship and sustainability. We hoped that if we built platforms and ways for passionate and informed people to connect, we could build a movement that could transform lives for entrepreneurs working their way out of...
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Aug 29, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Up and at 'em:
A pep talk from Kid President will change your perspective.
Bearer of good news:
John Green learns about Ethiopian baby names and their role as health indicators.
Tech tidbit:
Instagram announced Hyperlapse and it's a thing of beauty.
At the cinema:
Marty McFly's iconic puffy vest: red or orange? NPR delivers the verdict.
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Aug 27, 2014 ZA South Africa

At Kiva HQ we are passionate about travel, as are many Kiva lenders. We decided to crowd-source our best travel advice, starting with South Africa. For anyone who has visited South Africa this list will bring back some happy memories, and if you've never been this list might have you booking a ticket soon. Enjoy and please add your own recommendations in the comments! To See: 1. Relive history and reflect on Nelson Mandela's legacy at Robben Island 2. Revel in the Kirstenbosch Gardens (called heaven on Earth and the most beautiful sight in the entire world by some of our... Continue Reading >>