Apr 23, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva and Dr. Bronner's, the family-owned company that makes the most popular brand of natural soap in North America, are kicking off an exciting new partnership called Seedlings for Small Farmers! Starting April 23, Kiva will crowdfund 0% interest loans to support smallholder farmers in Ghana who grow certified organic and fair trade oil palm  used in Dr. Bronner’s soap. And, for a limited time, Dr. Bronner's will match each loan made to these farmers. Dr. Bronner's sister company, Serendipalm, manages the sourcing and supply of their raw materials in Ghana to ensure... Continue Reading >>


Apr 14, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

The students at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory are taking their education into their own hands. An avid group of Kiva supporters from the school are reaching out to Kiva borrowers in their hometown of San Francisco to learn more about the impact of microfinance. Abi Basch is a social sciences... Continue Reading >>


Apr 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Mother of invention:
A Kiva borrower helping the homeless with recyclable, origami-inspired temporary shelters.
 
Surf's up:
These girls in Bangladesh learn to hang ten while practicing their English skills.
 
Made in Kenya, assembled in America:
This new device provides internet in even...
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Apr 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Myrian knew she would be an artist from the moment her grandmother placed a cool, smooth lump of clay in her hands as a child. “The first time I touched the clay I said that this is going to be my profession, I will be an artisan,” Myrian says. Read her full story at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>


Apr 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Crédit Epargne Formation (CEFOR) Madagascar Supporting first-time borrowers and vulnerable populations in Madagascar Who are they? Crédit Epargne Formation is a microfinance organization that targets first-time borrowers and impoverished families in the Analmanga region of Madagascar. The organization has developed a social categorization ranking in order to reach the most vulnerable groups. They also provide mandatory health insurance, business and loan... Continue Reading >>


Mar 27, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Coffee break:
Combating youth homelessness with a cup of joe.
 
Hot new idea:
Using sound waves to put out fires.
 
 
Side-splitting:
Commentary you probably missed from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
 
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Mar 25, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Tens of thousands of people visit Kiva every day looking to support a borrower. Unfortunately, a significant number leave the website without making a loan because they feel overwhelmed when having to choose who to support. Today, I’m excited to share a redesign we've seen help new visitors choose a loan, while also delivering new features to those of you who’ve been lending for years. So what can you expect from this new loan finding experience? Loans are grouped into categories: In the new design we now prominently feature categories such as Expiring Soon and Agriculture... Continue Reading >>


Mar 24, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

“While I was repairing my inner self I was able to at least look better, and that made me…regain my confidence," says Toya. Read her story at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>


Mar 20, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Wondering what our fellows are up to? See what makes their field placement unique by taking a look at the foods they are eating and what keeps them inspired everyday! Kiva Fellow Semone Aye, Myanmar: Catfish noodle soup? Yes please! Mohinga is a staple in Burmese cuisine, and what many Burmese would call "comfort food." Each region of Myanmar has its own variation of the recipe. #myanmar #chili... Continue Reading >>


Mar 20, 2015 IN India

Like many women in India, Mukula was a child bride. Now she runs a weaving business with 2 employees out of the workshop in her home. Read her story here>

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