Dec 2, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Nuru is a Kiswahili word meaning light and -- started in the West Kuria district of Kenya -- Nuru International (Nuru) is living up to its name, shining a little light on some of the most underserved and remote rural areas of East Africa. Under The Nuru Model, communities have access to agricultural input loans, alongside education, healthcare and leadership resources. As it expands its reach further into East Africa, Nuru aims to end extreme poverty in remote areas -- within our lifetime. At Kiva we are proud and excited to offer our lender community the chance to support an... Continue Reading >>


Nov 27, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This blog post was written with the help of Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Director of Outreach and Program Evaluation at the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians provides practical, nuts-and-bolts business guidance to entrepreneurs from around the world – as well as those who grew...

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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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