Oct 20, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Honey: that delicious sticky, sweet treat you see on supermarket shelves. It comes from somewhere. And, thanks to one of Kiva's field partners, Honey Care Africa, honey producers in Kenya are now getting fairly compensated for the honey they help make by raising bees.  As of right now, there are 11 loans posted for entrepreneurs looking to make extra money by purchasing beehives for honey production. But when you raise bees with Honey Care, you get much more than the hives, you get the technical and market support to build a viable business. That's why... Continue Reading >>

Oct 16, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

In June, we launched a program called WLIFT with our field partner Relief International in Iraq and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. We had one goal: To help women business owners in the country get the funding they need to grow their businesses and incomes -- and hire more people in their communities.  Small businesses are at the heart of healthy economic growth. And this is especially true in Iraq right now. What really inspires us, however, is just how truly phenomenal the women posted as Kiva borrowers through Relief International are. Just consider... Continue Reading >>

Oct 15, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This is a continuation of San Francisco to vote on Resolution to become Kiva Zip Trustee from 10/07/2013.

Kiva Zip team waiting to enter City Hall
Breaking news! On Wednesday, October 9th, the City of San Francisco’s Budget and... Continue Reading >>

Oct 14, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

With 1.5 billion observants, Islam’s Feast of Sacrifice or Eid al-Adha, is happening this evening through tomorrow night -- promoting virtues of giving and sharing. With its roots originating from the sacrifice made by Abraham to God, Eid al-Adha looks to reenact the willingness exemplified by Abraham through the offering of food and sustenance to...

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Oct 11, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This weekend, we're thrilled to welcome more than 150 college and high school student leaders and educators from around the world to the first-ever Kiva U Summit in San Francisco! Over the next four days, this incredible group will learn about a range of issues and how to take action to expand financial inclusion and alleviate poverty. Made possible through a partnership with Citi Microfinance, the Summit's agenda is designed to help students and teachers reach beyond the walls of the classroom, and engage with area experts and each other around topcs of microfinance,... Continue Reading >>

Oct 11, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

On Kiva, it's clear that women play a full range of roles: mothers, sisters, entrepreneurs, community leaders, activists, the list goes on. We see women every day acting on behalf of their communities, becoming the driving force behind business, education and agriculture. Today, we celebrate the Day of the Girl Child, presenting us all with the opportunity to help young women thrive and grow up to be successful at whatever path they choose. This international day of reflection is all about considering gender equality, and the ways we can act together to combat the discrimination...

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Oct 7, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

It's official! One million people around the world have made a loan on Kiva! We're so grateful to each and every one of our lenders who have helped build Kiva into the organization it is today. Your loans have helped people start businesses, grow their livelihoods, expand farms, build houses, buy chickens, send children to school, switch to organic farming, go solar, and so much more. You deserve a round of applause!  We've heard from a number of members of our community that they'd love to get their hands on a Kiva T-shirt. So, to celebrate this milestone, we'... Continue Reading >>

Oct 7, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

On September 17, 2013, Supervisor Mark Farrell introduced a Resolution at the Board of Supervisors that aims to create a new public private partnership between the City of San Francisco and Kiva. This relationship will enable the City to act as a Kiva Zip Trustee, allowing it to identify and endorse entrepreneurs and small businesses who could qualify for a loan on Kiva Zip's platform.
Supervisor Mark Farrell - District 2
Mr. Farrell became...
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Oct 1, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, so we thought this would be a good time to talk about staying secure online. While the Internet makes Kiva’s work possible by connecting borrowers and lenders around the world, unfortunately it is also a popular tool for scammers to reach a broad audience. One type of online scam, called phishing, is an attempt to collect personal or financial information. Phishing attacks come from scammers disguised as legitimate businesses or organizations, asking recipients to send an email response containing their personal or... Continue Reading >>

Sep 30, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

“I love to learn about the borrowers and read their stories. It's heartwarming to think Kiva is making an actual difference in their lives.” -- Renata Wolff City: Porto Alegre, Brazil Language: Portuguese, Spanish Team: Latino Linguists Time with Kiva: Two years Outstanding contributions to Kiva: During the two years that Renata has worked with Kiva, she has translated and reviewed over 900 loans. She is dedicated and consistent, translating approximately five... Continue Reading >>