Oct 20, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

These are the stories of everyday-ideas transformed. Read about photography as a tool for healing, a musical tradition brought back to life or an artist who uses New York City to discuss the influx of global refugees all in our favorite links of the week, below: Empowering girls rescued from child marriage Volunteering keeps older minds sharp Meet the artist single-handedly reviving a dying form of music Talk about freshness Must-see locations of Ai Weiwei's expansive 'Good Fences Make Good Neighbors' exhibit
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Oct 19, 2017 LS Lesotho

The solar-powered cookstoves produced and distributed by Kiva partner African Clean Energy are no ordinary cookstoves: they cut fuel consumption, create healthier air in homes and feature a USB outlet to charge cellphones or run LED lamps.
 
For some families in Lesotho these innovative cookstoves are the only source of power in their homes. 
 
“This particular cookstove is brilliant because the USB plugin and solar panel is a HUGE help in initially winning people over,” said Chelsa Bocci, Senior Director of...
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Oct 7, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

These stories represent the efforts of innovative people to change narratives and re-think the status quo. In doing so, they are able to create solutions like providing power to a town without electricity, reimagining what beauty can look like and so much more. Check out all 5 stories below:
 
A 4-year mission to present a new vision of beauty Scientists have made biodegradable plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide Hospital allows kids to drive themselves to the operating room  The mosque that powers a village... Continue Reading >>


Oct 5, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Each day when you visit Kiva’s website there are thousands of loans ready and waiting to be funded, but how do they get there? Money doesn’t grow on trees and neither do translated loans.
 
Kiva relies on an enormous network of volunteers to help edit and translate loans that come in from our partners in one of Kiva’s 5 key languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian. Today, the Kiva Review and Translation Program (RTP) volunteers edit and translate about 17,000 loans each month, and in May 2017 they hit a record of 20,777 loans edited...
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Sep 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Take a close look around and you can always find something that inspires you and fills life with joy. Read the following stories to see how you can finally live out your childhood dream of speaking in an animal language or read the 50 reasons why others love the world we all share.  Send messages to your friends in "elephant" through a new website, which helps raise awareness for elephant conservation Vitually explore food markets in 7 different cities across the world in under 2 minutes  Beer-brewing monks help rebuild a town in Italy  A new AP class aims to increase... Continue Reading >>


Sep 6, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Yasmin is a guest blogger and local high school student spearheading the creation of a KivaU program on her campus. The KivaU program is Kiva's youth and educational engagement program, which launched in August of 2013 and is currently made up of over 82,000 educators, students and parents who use Kiva as a tool to better understand and impact the world they live in. KivaU is currently present in more than 4,000 schools, universities and youth groups around the world. To learn more about the KivaU program, check it out at KivaU.org. 
Written by Yasmin...
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Aug 31, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Earlier this year, Kiva’s Global Engagement Manager, Jessica Hansen, gave a TEDx Talk to a packed house about the power of “we” and connection via technology. 

 
We love this concept so much we asked Jessica to share more about the intersection of human empathy, technology and global change:
Q: What do you think keeps a person...
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Aug 30, 2017 HT Haiti

When your beauty brand has fans like Whole Foods and Sephora, you know you’re doing something right. When you’re able to make those beauty products in a socially impactful way, that creates jobs and improves the environment, you’re doing something extraordinary.  
For Yve-Car, the CEO and co-founder of successful social enterprise Kreyol Essence, that extraordinary journey all began with a hair catastrophe.
 
After going to a beautician in Philadelphia in 2008 who burned her hair, Yve-Car searched high and low for black castor oil...
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Aug 29, 2017 SL Sierra Leone

On August 14, Sierra Leone suffered a devastating natural disaster. Mudslides and flooding occurred within Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, that destroyed a large amount of the city’s homes and infrastructure and took many lives. Various news sources now report that the rain-induced devastation caused between 600 and 1,000 people to lose their lives or become seriously injured. 
 
Kiva is deeply saddened to hear of the hardships that the country is undergoing, and has reached out to our Field Partners in Sierra Leone to see how we can support...
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Aug 27, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Whether it's women gathering to prevent injustices or a man fulfilling a lofty dream, below are stories of how people use their resources and circumstances to create something meaningful. Check out all 5 below: An all-women police force tackles sexual harassment in India Brain injury survivors share self-portraits: "Art helped me tell my story" The sweet-maker teaching Google about creativity 22 girls in Queens form first homeless Girl Scout troop Undocumented immigrant turned renowned neurosurgeon... Continue Reading >>


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