Jan 8, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

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Jan 6, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

It’s a new year, and a new chance to focus on what’s important in life. At Kiva, we are so inspired and motivated by lenders like you, we just had to share a few of our favorite lender quotes to start the year. It makes us want to get to work and make the most of 2015 already! How do you plan to help others this year? “People everywhere are kind. They are good. They are honest. They are positive. They are helpful. They smile. They want the same things all everyone wants: a safe living environment, a decent job at a fair wage, a chance for their children to learn, for their local... Continue Reading >>

Dec 22, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

In the last installment of our series Meet the Kivans, we're excited to introduce you to Jomay and David. These two work closely with our partners in the field and have great insights on Kiva's work around the world. Q&A with Jomay Lui, Kiva's Senior Knowledge Manager What do you do at Kiva? I work on the Partnerships team, which is the team that finds, vets, trains and monitors our vast network of amazing Field Partners all over the world. I'm responsible for defining, standardizing, and documenting our processes and policies, so that we're all on... Continue Reading >>

Dec 19, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

On our wish list:
The most beautiful (and difficult) 1000 color puzzle.
40 years:
Newly released photograph series captures sisterly bond over four decades.
What you didn't know you needed:
A clock that gives you the current time in color.
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Dec 16, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva U is full of passionate students and educators who have come together to learn about the world, take action, and maximize their impact.  Check out what these four Kiva U teams did to make a dent in global poverty or improve their communities - you can't help but be inspired!  

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Dec 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

This month, we’re spotlighting some of the amazing Kivans who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Kiva possible. Eric and Monica work with Kiva's volunteers who do everything from translate loans for the site to visiting borrowers in the field. Our volunteers are truly incredible, and so are Eric and Monica! Q&A with Eric Brandt, Senior... Continue Reading >>

Dec 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Big win:
Grant for Digital Financial Services Innovation lab announced.
Wise words:
7 pieces of advice from 7 years at the helm of Brain Pickings.
What you can't see but still exists:
The night sky as viewed from modern cities without light pollution.
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Dec 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

This month, we’re spotlighting some of the amazing Kivans who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Kiva possible. Let’s start with two of the incredible folks who build and maintain the Kiva website and all the technical systems we rely on: Amy and Aswin! Q&A with Amy Rish, Engineering Manager at Kiva: What do you do at Kiva?  I am responsible for systems software development for Kiva's main database, Kiva’s reporting warehouse, and Kiva’s financial systems. I also monitor the integrity test process, which ensures that our millions of... Continue Reading >>

Dec 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is very excited to welcome our first partner in Egypt, and our first partner in northern Africa, Together Association for Development and Environment. TADE has been working to improve the environment and livelihoods in rural regions of Egypt since 2006. TADE provides poor people with business classes and individualized entrepreneurship coaching, as well as microloans. To improve community health, TADE also establishes community sewer systems, composting programs and housing improvement programs.
Mahasen is one of Kiva's...
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Dec 2, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Microlending in the U.S. you say? The United States is one of the most unequal countries in the world with regard to income. The statistics are staggering: America’s top 10% of income make 4/5 of the total income earned in the U.S. That leaves 90% of the population to split the rest. It is a unique and unfortunate quality of the United States to have low income communities living next door to so much inaccessible wealth. Accion uses microlending to change this. Without a credit history or collateral...

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