May 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

From mid-2015 through mid-2016, Kiva’s product, design and engineering teams took on a sizeable, 3-part challenge:  

-- Merge the functionality and content of a separate, “beta” website – Kiva Zip – into Kiva’s main lending website...

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May 4, 2017 MX Mexico

For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders were extended the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. Recently, 7 lenders visited 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It was a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close. This post is the third of a 4 part series, which came to us from the lender trip. This piece was contributed by Michael, who has been lending on Kiva since 2011.
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Apr 26, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

In honor of volunteer week, we’re talking to some of our current interns about their journey to Kiva. Our amazing volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have exciting visions of what they hope to accomplish during their time at Kiva.   
Interested in Kiva’s intern program? Find more information and apply here!
 
Aparna Ananthan - Strategic Initiatives Intern
 
Why...
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Apr 25, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

In honor of volunteer week, we’re talking to some of our current interns about their journey to Kiva. Our amazing volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have exciting visions of what they hope to accomplish during their time at Kiva.
Interested in Kiva’s intern program? Find more information and apply here!
Shreye Saxena - Strategic Initiatives Intern
 
Why Kiva? 
I learned about Kiva when I was an undergrad, and I had a project with...
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Apr 21, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is proud to work with many organizations who are Fair Trade certified. In the first part of our Fair Trade series, we’re highlighting Kiva Field Partner, Dr. Bronner’s, and their program, Serendipalm!
 
Not only does Dr. Bronner’s make the soap in your bathroom, they also empower the farmers who provide the essential oils for their body products. Dr. Bronner’s is a Fair Trade Certified company, which means they value high economic and environmental standards throughout their supply chain. Kiva works with Serendipalm, a branch of Dr....
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Apr 19, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Written by: Kathleen Bennett, Kiva Portfolio Manager, South America & Guatemala
 
At Kiva, our mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, and this mission extends beyond just financial poverty. We aim to help increase access to basic services as well, from clean water and sanitation, to getting sustainable energy in homes. Green loans on Kiva help borrowers switch to environmentally friendly products that reduce pollution, promote sustainable practices and help families...
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Apr 16, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

We’re constantly learning about the wonderful flora and fauna that co-exist on this earth, and each discovery has an interesting tale (or tail)! Here are six great stories from around the web:  
Fighting fire with fire: Why this scientist is releasing thousands of mosquitoes to reduce mosquito populations
 
Your head will swim: This fish fights its predators with a pleasing, dizzying bite
 
Do zombies live in crystals?: The reanimation of 50,000 year...
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Mar 28, 2017 PE Peru

Since the beginning of March, heavy rains in coastal regions of Northern Peru and in the Lima area have caused severe floodings leaving more than 90 people dead, 347 injured and 120,000 more homeless. This natural disaster is a consequence of El Niño, a climatic phenomenon that happens periodically and stems from the Pacific waters warming up and potentially having catastrophic consequences on coastal and mountainous regions of both Peru and Ecuador. “Huaicos” (Quechua for ravine), a terminology used when landslides and massive floodings occur, have struck La Libertad, Lambayeque, Tumbes,... Continue Reading >>


Mar 26, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

When life gives you lemons... make sustainable lemonade! These stories highlight some key players who are using new technology to solve some of nature’s challenges.   
The power of solar power: How this island can keep their lights on during a hurricane
 
Food waste: The reason why NASA is investing in the kitchen sink
 
Good vibrations: Why water pumps in Africa are texting to prevent drought effects  
Sweet success...
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Mar 21, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

In honor of World Water Day, we’re celebrating a fantastic Field Partner who provides access to clean water, Nazava Water Filters! 
 
In Indonesia, communities are unable to have a reliable and affordable source for their drinking water. This makes it difficult for families to stay healthy. Nazava Water Filters is one excellent social enterprise that aims to provide clean drinking water for all!
 
Nazava water filters are providing safe, clean drinking water to...
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