Katrina and Keely first met in the summer of 2013 while working on open space greening projects in Brooklyn, N.Y., and bonded instantly over urban farming and pop culture. After many discussions on the frustrations of finding financially sustainable jobs in urban agriculture, they decided the best solution was to start a project for themselves. In 2015, the two joined forces to start Tinyfield Roofhop Farm on a small rooftop in Brooklyn, with the Manhattan skyline in the distance. Their goal was to provide high quality, hyper-local produce to consumers, restaurants, and markets. With an... Continue Reading >>
This is the final story in our series spotlighting U.S. businesses in celebration of Independence Day.
This is the second story in our series spotlighting U.S. businesses in celebration of Independence Day.
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The direct to social enterprise program is a pilot program that aims to raise capital for social enterprises in a new and more efficient way. Social enterprises have the potential to strengthen their communities and reduce poverty by expanding formal employment, scaling innovative social solutions and driving sustainable economic growth. However, they often fall in the “missing middle,” meaning they are too small for traditional banks, but too big for microfinance. In the past, Kiva has used 2 different models to support small social enterprises:
This the second of our stories in our series spotlighting U.S. businesses in celebration of Independence Day. “After years of working for someone else, I decided it was time to pursue my dream of bringing the food of my childhood to my new home.” You can tell Guadalupe is a passionate woman from the moment you place your order at El Pipila. She is constantly moving around assembling the plates, but keeping an eye on everything that’s going on, making sure everyone receives the best service. Her passion comes in part from her journey to the United States, and as... Continue Reading >>
I’ve only seen the film Hotel Rwanda twice. The first time, I was alone on my parents’ couch in small-town Oklahoma. I tend to want to be emotionally prepared for heavy films with difficult subject matter, but when do you ever feel prepared enough to bear witness to such a magnitude of senseless violence and tragedy as what happened in Rwanda? The answer is never, so I finally just took a deep breath and hit play. Continue reading at Kiva's... Continue Reading >>
There are more than 60 million refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) around the world who were driven from their homes by violence and conflict. In honor of World Refugee Day, we’re featuring the stories of borrowers who were forced to rebuild their lives and found new hope and support through the Kiva community. Kiva lenders have crowdfunded more than $2.6 million in loans to refugees and internally displaced people. This support helps Kiva’s Field Partners extend financial services to those most at risk and in need, including refugees and IDPs escaping conflict in the...Continue Reading >>
Jembere. In Amharic — the native language of Ethiopia — it means, “my sunset.” When Abaynesh, a designer in New York, fulfilled her dream of creating her own eyewear brand, she named it Jembere in honor of her roots.
Her collections are now sold by vendors from New York to Chicago, but the inspiration for her designs remains rooted in her early life and East Africa.
Abaynesh was born in a Sudanese refugee camp to Ethiopian parents. Her father, part of the medical staff,...Continue Reading >>
Leila is constantly smiling, and beams with pride when talking about her farm. But behind her sunny exterior, she carries a story of extreme hardship and perseverance.
Leila used to live in Ochamchire, in the coastal region of Abkhazia, situated in the north-western corner of Georgia. She was forced to leave her home, her roots and everything she knew in 1989 due to a regional conflict that eventually developed into a war between Georgia and Russia, led to Abkhazia formally declaring...Continue Reading >>