Jun 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

It’s hard to stand stock still at a concert when the crowd around you is enthusiastically jumping around. Eventually your traitorous foot will start tapping out a beat and before you know it you’re proving Gloria Estefan right-- the rhythm is, in fact, going to get you.
 
Our peers influence our actions each and everyday in a similar manner, often times giving us that extra push we need to explore and experience life to the fullest.
 
Community is a driving factor in many of our lives and Kiva recognizes and...
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May 23, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

It’s been a whirlwind week here in the office as we welcomed our 24th class of Kiva Fellows to HQ. They converged from eight countries for five days of intensive training with our staff before they head out to work directly with our field partners later next week. 
 
Kiva relies on the efforts of tremendous volunteers, including our fellows, to ensure our lenders’ capital gets to the people who need it to improve their business, families and communities. 
 
During their fellowship, Kiva Fellows help set up and...
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May 21, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

One of the best parts of my job is talking with lenders – it’s a chance to understand what works well and where improvements are needed. We recently conducted a series of interviews and tested a couple of prototypes in connection with an initiative aimed at improving the way lenders find loans on Kiva. While no two lenders are the same, we wanted to share a few common patterns we've observed when it comes to how and why people use Kiva.
 
First a caveat: there is no right or wrong way to lend. Everybody has different values, feelings about risk and...
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May 19, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

As I take a moment to reflect after my whirlwind tour of the United States over the past two months to celebrate and promote April’s Month of Microfinance, I’m blown away by the students I encountered. The young people I met were exceptional and endlessly inspiring; already making commitments, designing projects and taking action to change our world for the better.
 
Projects included a mobile phone app that makes ultrasounds accessible and affordable in rural Africa. It wasn’t created by a tech company or financed by a millionaire. It was created by...
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May 14, 2014 BO Bolivia, IN India, KE Kenya, UG Uganda, US United States

It has already been 4 months since our 23rd class of Kiva Fellows left our HQ in San Francisco and headed to work directly with our partners and borrowers in the field! Over that time, they’ve shared some inspiring experiences and captured quite a few incredible snapshots. We’ve compiled some of our favorites that will help give a glimpse into what four months in the life of a Kiva Fellow really looks like.
Zach Land-Miller sees two young boys walking home from school on a country...
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May 12, 2014 IQ Iraq

Nazira, an Iraqi widow and persistent entrepreneur, embodies the term ‘self-made.’

After her...

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May 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

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We could go on and on about the wonderful ways moms impact our lives! Check out 7 of our favorites, contributed by Kiva community members here> Continue Reading >>


May 1, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

“It’s both a challenge and a thrill to be able to work with different people, with different cultures and education levels, in different time zones, from all over the world. It is an opportunity that is hard to come by and I have loved it.” – Team Leader Jamie  Have you ever wondered how so many loans are posted to Kiva.org? Would you like the opportunity to use your professional skills to impact the lives of Kiva borrowers? You could join Kiva to lead a team of volunteer editors and... Continue Reading >>


Apr 30, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Somedays 3:00 pm hits and I feel like a physical wall has dropped down on me; eager to get my blood sugar back up I head to Kiva's kitchen and grab a nutrition bar to help get me through the rest of the day, but not this week
 
This week, a team of Kivans and myself are participating in Live Below the Line (LBL), an annual event where participants live on $1.50 for food and drink each day for five days to raise awareness for extreme poverty. With 1.2 billion people still living below the global poverty line it's an...
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Apr 22, 2014 NI Nicaragua

Looking for Amy Poehler's Smart Girls free trials? Find them here! Or at kiva.org/smartgirls

At Kiva, we believe in treating everyday like it’s Earth Day, which is why we’re especially proud of the green loans that fund through Kiva. These green loans are for individuals and small businesses that are reducing...

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