May 1, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

“It’s both a challenge and a thrill to be able to work with different people, with different cultures and education levels, in different time zones, from all over the world. It is an opportunity that is hard to come by and I have loved it.” – Team Leader Jamie  Have you ever wondered how so many loans are posted to Kiva.org? Would you like the opportunity to use your professional skills to impact the lives of Kiva borrowers? You could join Kiva to lead a team of volunteer editors and... Continue Reading >>


Apr 30, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Somedays 3:00 pm hits and I feel like a physical wall has dropped down on me; eager to get my blood sugar back up I head to Kiva's kitchen and grab a nutrition bar to help get me through the rest of the day, but not this week
 
This week, a team of Kivans and myself are participating in Live Below the Line (LBL), an annual event where participants live on $1.50 for food and drink each day for five days to raise awareness for extreme poverty. With 1.2 billion people still living below the global poverty line it's an...
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Apr 22, 2014 NI Nicaragua

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At Kiva, we believe in treating everyday like it’s Earth Day, which is why we’re especially proud of the green loans that fund through Kiva. These green loans are for individuals and small businesses that are reducing...

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Apr 16, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Meg Gray and Jennifer Bi also contributed to this report. In March, we introduced you to Jorgelyn Palima and Gerilina Ybanez, two Filipino women who used loans to rebuild after the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon swept away Jorgelyn’s sari-sari business and home, leaving her living in a shelter made of salvaged materials. With the help of Kiva’s Field Partner in Ormoc, NWTF, Jorgelyn received materials such as coco lumber and gypsum board to reconstruct her home. 

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Apr 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Updated April 9, 2014  On April 7, an internet-wide security vulnerability was reported for OpenSSL, the software used to encrypt web communications on the majority of e-commerce sites.  You can find out more about this bug, called Heartbleed, at the Wall Street Journal, CNET and the Guardian...

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Apr 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Each day when you visit Kiva’s site there are thousands of loans ready and waiting to be funded, but how do they get there? Money doesn’t grow on trees and neither do translated loans. 
 
Kiva relies on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and translate loans that come in from our partners in one of the five key Kiva languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian). 
 
We are so incredibly grateful to these talented volunteers, who are vital to Kiva’s mission to alleviate poverty. We...
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Apr 3, 2014 MR Mauritania

Investisseurs & Partenaires, Kiva’s new France-based partner fundraising loans in Mauritania, is on a mission to promote a new generation of socially-conscious entrepreneurs in Africa. Along the way, I&P is carving out a unique niche for itself in the world of small and medium enterprise loans. The investment group will only work with African businesses that have a record of outstanding social and environmental impact.  It also requires businesses meet a set of strict criteria, including no use of child labor, implementing anti-discrimination policies, managing supply... Continue Reading >>


Apr 2, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

A few weeks ago Kiva participated in a UX Boot Camp with Cooper, a design strategy firm based in San Francisco. This was an opportunity to gather a group of talented technology professionals together and have them put a fresh set of eyes on one of the challenges Kiva has observed over the past year.  
The Boot Camp centered around the experience of choosing loans to support on Kiva. The task of selecting one or two people out of the thousands of borrowers that are fundraising on Kiva can be daunting. Deciding where your limited money will have the...
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Mar 27, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Meet Otis. He’s a happy guy who loves helping others and has been saving up his milk bones to make a loan on Kiva. We’re going to follow along as he gets acquainted with a new feature that can help him find loans he loves!

Time to start! First things first, the Kiva Lend page. Just need to find a borrower to fund, easy as peanut butter pie.   
 
1,838 loans to choose from! That sure does give a dog a lot of options - how to find someone I connect with?
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Mar 25, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

The Kiva community is filled with changemakers with inspiring stories to tell. We were able to catch up with one such enthusiastic and accomplished young student, who has put her passion for microfinance into practice through the club she leads at her school in Teterboro, New Jersey. 
 
Sam, currently a senior at Bergen Tech High School, was an attendee at the Kiva U Summit this past fall in San Francisco. Like many, she left energized to find creative way to use microfinance to help others around the world, and is already walking the talk....
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