Oct 16, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

The joys of traveling are limitless, especially when your journey is for a good cause. The people you meet, the relationships formed, the new scenery, the street art, and, of course, the local cuisine are just a few things that make adventures in unfamiliar places so exciting. This week, our Kiva fellows shared...

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Oct 14, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Meet Kristina! She is the Kiva Coordinator at Bai Tushum, one of Kiva’s Field Partners in Kyrgyzstan. Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Kristina in her office and walk through her process for posting a loan. Getting the info she needs Kristina relies on about 190 Loan Officers who are spread out amongst Bai Tushum’s 7 branches and 40+ sub-branches to find the borrowers that she will post and collect the correct information about each of them. Keeping this many people up to speed on Kiva policies and requirements is no easy task. She relies on... Continue Reading >>

Oct 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Making strides: Global poverty predicted to fall below 10% for the first time.
Sweet news: A beekeeping program in Chicago keeps the formerly incarcerated out of jail.
The first ripple: The world's first solar-powered airport is flourishing.
Childish ideas: They're...
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Oct 7, 2015 US United States

Kiva U welcomed a very special guest to Kiva headquarters this week...author and activist Chelsea Clinton!...

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Oct 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

**UPDATE** Oct. 22 -- We did it! Thank you to all the Kiva supporters who voted in the Google Impact Challenge. Because of you, Kiva was awarded the grand prize of $500,000! We are so excited to continue growing our impact locally and globally with the Kiva community.  

Oct. 5 -- Exciting news! Kiva Oakland is a finalist in the Bay Area Google Impact Challenge and could win $500,000 to grow more neighborhood businesses. Please vote to support Oakland's small business owners. Voting takes just 2 clicks and requires no registration or email! The...

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Oct 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This  story is part of a series celebrating San Francisco small businesses as part of the Kiva SF launch. Learn more> San Francisco native Danny Paz Gabriner left his job in the tech industry 6 years ago with a dream to start his bread baking company, Sour Flour in the Mission district. “There are 4 reasons why I chose to focus on bread,” Danny says. “Bread has been around for a really long time as a staple food, everyone that... Continue Reading >>

Sep 30, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This post is part of a series celebrating San Francisco small businesses as part of the Kiva SF launch. Learn more>

Azar’s training as a barbeque master started at a very young age. Growing up in East Palo Alto in the 1980s, he was a fixture at his parent’s restaurant, Goldie’s Barbeque. Goldie, Azar’s mother and the namesake of the restaurant, taught Azar how to prepare food and run the business. “After Azar...

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Sep 27, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This post is part of a series celebrating San Francisco small businesses as part of the Kiva SF launch. Learn more> Turtle Tower is a popular Vietnamese restaurant renowned for their Northern Vietnamese style chicken soup. Started by a Vietnamese immigrant couple, Turtle Tower has become a staple of the Tenderloin district over the last 15 years and attracts San Franciscans from all walks of life to the area. Thao is the family’s eldest daughter and began working at Turtle Tower from an early age. “We have been here for 15 years and have seen this community transform,” Thao... Continue Reading >>

Sep 25, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Moving: Follow these photographers as they journey to a new place.
Double bottom line: Kickstart become a public benefit corp.
Green news:...
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Sep 23, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kat Tancock Kiva Volunteer of the Month, May 2015 "I've been a Kiva member/funder for years. I really appreciate the microfinance model both functionally as a way to get money out to people who need it and in terms of marketing and getting donors engaged." City: Toronto, Canada Language: Russian Team: Russiva Time with Kiva: 1 year, 8 months Outstanding Contributions to Kiva: Kat has been very communicative and active on the Russian Board of the Forum providing valuable knowledge to other translators. She is very consistent with over 630 loans reviewed which averages over... Continue Reading >>