Mar 13, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

American ingenuity:
We can't fault people for their delicious, delicious creativity.
Food art:
Playing with your food has never been so witty (we can't believe they missed New Yolk, though).
Young Captain Planet:
Student designs beautiful faucet flows that reduce water consumption.
 
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Mar 12, 2015 KE Kenya

Pamela is a woman whose smile radiates confidence and joy. After the single mother found out she was HIV positive in 1999, that confidence was tested to the limits. But she was determined to continue to be a pillar of strength for her family and her community. Read her full story at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>


Mar 12, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Big news! We’ve just launched “Kiva Español,” a pilot version of Kiva in Spanish! 
 
Check out kiva.org/prestar and you’ll see a limited version of Kiva’s website in Spanish, including all Central and South American loan descriptions posted in their original wording. 
 
We launched Kiva in Spanish for 2 main reasons. The first is that a third of Kiva’s loans come from Latin America, and they take around 12 days to fund.  The second is that there are around 50 million Spanish speakers in the...
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Mar 11, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

“I’m going to show his father that I’m worth more as a woman, that I don’t need a man at my side," said Lourdes. "And I’m going to prove it to my family as well who criticized me so much.” This story is part of Kiva’s Dreams are Created Equal series. For the next month, we’ll be sharing stories of Kiva borrowers’ dreams and how they’re working towards achieving them. The first in our series comes from Asuncion, Paraguay. Read Lourdes's story at Kiva's Medium.  Continue Reading >>


Feb 27, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Winter wonderland:
It's been a tough one for some, but these red pandas can't get enough of the snow.
 
A different type of internet quiz:
You'll want to post this on your Facebook wall.
 
That dress:
The internet had a meltdown and no one was immune.
 
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Feb 19, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Here at Kiva, we are constantly trying to learn about the world around us, dreaming about visiting new places, meeting new people and trying new things. We know that you, as Kiva lenders, share a lot of the same interests, which is why we started a series featuring some of the top can't miss things to do and see in countries around the world.  Our next spotlight is on New Zealand. We asked family, friends and of course, our seasoned Kiva travelers for their best tips for enjoying mythical Middle Earth. Read the full post at Medium  Continue Reading >>


Feb 18, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Réseau de Micro-institutions de Croissance de Revenus (RMCR) Mali Supporting women entrepreneurs in francophone Africa Who are they?  Réseau de Micro-institutions de Croissance de Revenus is a French NGO that provides microloans to underserved communities in rural Mali. It focuses on making financial services available to women borrowers and fostering an entrepreneurial culture in order to support economic development. The organization also offers borrowers a unique opportunity to gradually assume more financial responsibility by... Continue Reading >>


Feb 13, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Share the love:
31 people say 'I love you' in their native languages.
 
Tips and tricks:
Kiva food experts spill their best hacks.
 
How to REALLY pronounce that place:
Important notes for globetrotters.
 
Your new beachfront property:
What major cities could look like with rising seas and clever naming.
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Feb 12, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

In light of Kiva’s #LoanLove Lightning Round, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge coming from our Kiva Zip food production borrowers this week! A few tips for what to eat as well as how to eat some of the delicious foods from our borrowers. 
 
 
Sniff out good olive oil:
Heather of Olive & Marlowe is a Kiva Zip borrower and trustee who sells artisanal olive oils and balsamic vinegars. If you want to know if your olive oil has gone bad, rub a drop of it onto your forearm and smell. A fresh olive oil...
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