Microlending in the U.S. you say? The United States is one of the most unequal countries in the world with regard to income. The statistics are staggering: America’s top 10% of income make 4/5 of the total income earned in the U.S. That leaves 90% of the population to split the rest. It is a unique and unfortunate quality of the United States to have low income communities living next door to so much inaccessible wealth. Accion uses microlending to change this. Without a credit history or collateral...Continue Reading >>
Caroline Dorr, KF25 in Indonesia Rice is everywhere here in Bali, Indonesia! Rice (or “nasi” in Indonesian) is the staple food here and is eaten every day by almost all Indonesians. Not only is rice the staple food, but it is also a staple crop. Beautiful sprawling rice terraces make up much of the country’s landscape. The lush, green rice paddies turn to a golden yellow just before the rice is ready to be harvested. My favorite rice dishes here are steamed rice with various tasty sides (nasi campur) or fried rice with veggies (nasi goreng)!... Continue Reading >>
Duen Krittika, KF25 in Myanmar
I learned that most of the farmers in Delta area in Myanmar, they have a duck farm for their second income. They buy baby ducks, raise them and sell the eggs. I want to support them with Kiva loan! ...Continue Reading >>
Nexus Carbon for Development Lao People’s Democratic Republic Creating sustainable, low-carbon pathways towards poverty alleviation Who are they? Nexus offers carbon-financing services to small and medium businesses in developing countries. Nexus has committed to provide clean energy to 20 million people in developing countries and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million tons CO2eq by 2020. You’ll love them if… you’re a fan of sustainable venture loans. Learn more at: http://www.kiva.... Continue Reading >>
Take a tour through Detroit with Kiva Zip and see this beautiful city through some of the local businesses that give it character and charm at every corner! Continue Reading >>
Check out the recipe for these incredible El Salvadorean pupusas!
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Amani is an independent female artist. She has been working in the pottery business for two years buying plain pots and vases, decorating them, and then reselling them. She lives in Baqaa, a Palestinian refugee camp, and tells me its hard selling her goods in that area because the people there are very poor. Instead, she sells her work to stores in nearby Amman. Amani’s Kiva loan was meant to go towards opening her own store between Amman and Baqaa. Around the time she received the loan, her husband lost a significant amount of money in the stock... Continue Reading >>
There were too many posts from our fellows in the field to choose from, so we had to double up and share some more with you this week!
Caroline Dorr, KF25 in Timor-Leste I was so happy to find this little coffee shop here in Timor-Leste! Although many farmers grow coffee here, most Timorese coffee beans are...Continue Reading >>