Sep 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva’s loans come in all shapes, sizes and languages. Lucky for us, there’s a team of hard working multilingual volunteers on Kiva’s Review and Translation (RTP) team who make it possible for us to get these loans onto the site!
 
Kiva partners operate in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian) and we rely on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and translate loans so they can be published to our site in English while preserving the original author’s voice and emotion. 
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Sep 2, 2014 SL Sierra Leone

Freetown, Sierra Leone
More than 3,000 cases and 1,550 deaths have been reported so far in the Ebola outbreak devastating West Africa. Two countries where Kiva works, Liberia and Sierra Leone, are among the hardest hit and have both declared a national state of emergency.   In addition to the devastating loss of life in affected communities, the epidemic is having a serious negative impact on local economies. Schools, markets, banks, and stores have been closed, and local travel has been... Continue Reading >>


Sep 2, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Thank you for making this an incredible first year for Kiva U, Kiva’s student and teacher program! When Citi and Kiva launched the Kiva U initiative in September of 2013, we had no idea what to expect. We hoped that if we created and shared useful and compelling content and resources, we could help students and teachers learn about poverty, microfinance, entrepreneurship and sustainability. We hoped that if we built platforms and ways for passionate and informed people to connect, we could build a movement that could transform lives for entrepreneurs working their way out of...
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Aug 29, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Up and at 'em:
A pep talk from Kid President will change your perspective.
 
Bearer of good news:
John Green learns about Ethiopian baby names and their role as health indicators.
 
Tech tidbit:
Instagram announced Hyperlapse and it's a thing of beauty.
 
At the cinema:
Marty McFly's iconic puffy vest: red or orange? NPR delivers the verdict.
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Aug 27, 2014 ZA South Africa

At Kiva HQ we are passionate about travel, as are many Kiva lenders. We decided to crowd-source our best travel advice, starting with South Africa. For anyone who has visited South Africa this list will bring back some happy memories, and if you've never been this list might have you booking a ticket soon. Enjoy and please add your own recommendations in the comments! To See: 1. Relive history and reflect on Nelson Mandela's legacy at Robben Island 2. Revel in the Kirstenbosch Gardens (called heaven on Earth and the most beautiful sight in the entire world by some of our... Continue Reading >>


Aug 26, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

ASA INITIATIVE Ghana Supporting Citrus Farmers and Greening the Environment Who are they? ASA Initiative is an MFI that provides loans for green energy and agriculture. They give green loans to entrepreneurs to sell clean energy cook stoves that run on waste materials produced by communities. Agricultural loans support citrus farmers in Ghana to expand their farms, hire labor, transport goods to the market, and ultimately increase their household income.   You’ll love them if…you think clean households and productive... Continue Reading >>


Aug 22, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Too astonishing to miss:
Photo mashups of San Francisco's 1906 earthquake and present-day.
 
Inspiring moment:
See how $25 is changing the world.
 
Beautiful world:
Sometimes the road less traveled is absolutely stunning.
 
Cute overload:
A Tinker Bell popsicle and the world's most exciting ginger ale.
 
The truth from the...
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Aug 15, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Here are the stories we've been emailing, tweeting and sharing around the office this week: More prolific than Starbucks and McDonalds:
John Oliver reports on the shocking truth that 1 in 20 U.S. families has taken out a pay day loan.
 
Cutie alert:
Second day of school blues – we know that feeling, Buddy.
 
Humans of the world:
The human side of conflict as told by everyone's favorite NY photo-storyteller.
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Aug 13, 2014 MM Myanmar

A bit about Myanmar… Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in Asia, but it has seen major political and economic reforms in recent years that have many hopeful for a brighter future. For decades Myanmar was controlled by authoritative leadership that committed gross human rights violations. Myanmar’s people have lived through much oppression, but progress in this young democracy is being made to ensure human rights and develop transparency in governance. The next test of this will be...

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Aug 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Photography by Tim Chambers I was a pastry chef before my years at Kiva, so I love to lend to bakers around the world. My Kiva portfolio is full of pictures of mouthwatering pastries made by a wide variety of culinary artists—a baker of Lebanese flatbreads (man’oushe), a cake decorator in Honduras, a gingerbread baker from New Orleans. One of my favorite loans was to Mamasharif in Tajikistan—don't his... Continue Reading >>


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