Nov 27, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

With Halloween behind us and harvest season coming to an end, the dormant months begin for many agricultural workers around the world. After planting, sowing and nurturing their crop, farmers see the harvest months as a measure of their productivity -- and hopefully -- a time of prosperity. 
 
For those of us who aren’t directly involved in agriculture, fall is often seen as a time for celebration with family, although many of those celebrations are in fact tied to the harvest season. For example, Rome’s holiday, Cerelia, celebrates the...
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Nov 26, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is very excited to share a new and innovative partnership with our community: StoveTeam International! If you’re interested in health, job creation and the environment, we're sure that you’ll understand our enthusiasm for these exciting and impactful loans.
 
StoveTeam International (STI) is a non-profit that seeks to address global health issues through the distribution of safe and affordable cookstoves. The organization itself was founded by Oregon native Nancy Hughes after she took a medical volunteer trip to Guatemala. During her journey, Nancy...
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Nov 26, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

JD Bergeron
Even in my day job working in microfinance, I don’t think I get as close to the personal stories as I do when I translate. I find them so compelling, and I can’t forget the stories I read. I feel like I really get to understand what people’s lives are like. City: Fort Collins, CO Language: Russian Team: Russiva Time with Kiva: 5 years Outstanding Contribution to Kiva... Continue Reading >>


Nov 26, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This is a continuation of "SF Budget & Finance Committee passes Kiva Zip Resolution" from 10/16/2013.

Just in time for Small Business Saturday, the City of San Francisco officially became part of Kiva Zip’s growing network of ...

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Nov 25, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

In a country where close to 4.3% of the population, or 137,000 people, are affected by disability, Suela -- a young entrepreneur with a physical disability -- envisions a space where young differently-abled individuals are able to socialize, participate in cultural activities, and access work opportunities without barriers. Since winning the Albanian Social Business Competition run by Yunus Social Business (YSB) in January 2013, Suela and her partners have been hard at work making their vision into a reality. The resulting social business initiative is E Jona, a coffee shop... Continue Reading >>


Nov 13, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This is a guest blog post by aManda Greene, Co-Director of Kiva Zip Trustee Youth SEED.

The Bay Area has a rich tapestry of social innovation. There are numerous incubators and accelerators, three Impact...

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Nov 11, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Team Impact Reports
 
Lending team members asked for a way to visualize their team's impact. To address this we have created team impact reports. You can now click through to view and share a team's impact report from a tab on each lending team page.
 
Annual Report
 
Kiva's core value of transparency has once again been expressed through our annual report. The annual report is packed full of information including statistics, a timeline and some of...
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Nov 8, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Since hitting the Philippines on Friday, Typhoon Haiyan -- also known as Yolanda -- has sparked fear throughout the region of Southeast Asia. Travelling at speeds between 147 and 195 mph, the storm has hurled wind, heavy rain and lethal waves at coastal towns, claiming the lives of four people already and leaving more than 750,000 at risk.
 
With a current category level of 4 out of 5, Typhoon Haiyan is one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record and is steadily growing into a category 5 as it moves throughout Southeast Asia and specifically...
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Nov 7, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Featured Volunteer: Joe Castrovinci's 6 years and counting of volunteer editing “I think Kiva is a great group, and I’ve never felt like I’m done with it. I received a Kiva Volunteer tote bag some time ago and when I take it to the supermarket, people will strike up conversations with me about Kiva. They are always so positive and will say things like, “I’m really glad you volunteer for them.” It’s also great when you tell people about Kiva who don’t know what it is – it doesn’t happen often in San Francisco – and you just see their eyes... Continue Reading >>


Nov 5, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This is a guest blog post by Kiva Zip Borrower Alan Haight. My wife and I farm in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. We've worked with California FarmLink for the past two years to get financial counseling and to obtain small annual operating loans to cover production costs. Last year, we discussed obtaining a FarmLink capital loan, and FarmLink sponsored us to obtain that loan from Kiva Zip.
 
Alan and Jo, Owners of Riverhill Farm
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