Jun 7, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

By Jeremy Gordon, KF11, KenyaPeople like us can’t get a loan. You have to be a member of a group with an influential person in it—we don’t know anyone like that.” - RamaThe second day I passed him on my way to work, a man on a bright red and chrome boda boda... Continue Reading >>


Jun 7, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

Jonathon Stalls and his dog Kanoa will be passing through Kansas City, Missouri this weekend on their KivaWalk...

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Jun 4, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

This blog post was written by Kathy Guis, Field Support Specialist, Francophone Africa.
Training a new Kiva partner’s staff is always exciting, but working with the staff at HOPE Congo, S.A., Kiva’s first partner in the Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, has been especially rewarding. This is not only because HOPE Congo has a dedicated, bright, and energetic staff, but because HOPE Congo is a brand-new microfinance organization.

Normally, Kiva develops...

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Jun 3, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

We are very proud to announce that last week our newest partner in Honduras, Familia y Medio Ambiente - FAMA OPDF posted their first loans to Kiva. FAMA is our second Honduran partner to come online and will give us further reach in financing the activities of the working poor in Honduras.

FAMA is headquartered in...

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Jun 3, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

By Elena Kuehn, KF 11, Viet nam

Viet nam is a country bursting of energy, activity and a continuous striving of the people to improve their living standards and enable their children to lead a better life. To achieve this people are willing to work incredibly hard. That makes Vietnam a great place for microfinance activities. And not only are the people ready to take on hard work, there is also a financial growth that rewards the effort. In this atmosphere of growth microfinance provides poor families in this country with the means to participate in this growth...

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Jun 2, 2010

Thanks to the support of our lenders, funders and Field Partners, Kiva continues to grow. If you want to be part of the Kiva team and help us in our mission to alleviate poverty through lending, then consider applying for one of the open positions at Kiva here.

Already have a job? Are you in school? Maybe you want to help out on the side? Kiva relies on hundreds of volunteers to help us fulfill our mission. Learn more about our open volunteer...

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Jun 1, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

Yelena Shuster, K11, Azerbaijan

Greetings from Azerbaijan!

It’s been almost two weeks since my arrival. Not surprisingly, my impressions are multifarious. I enjoy the good and blast the bad, all the while trying to understand this country and its contradictions. On the one side is the growing economy, with multiple natural resources, on the other are the many people who do not get to bask in Azerbaijan’s growing wealth. While expensive stores line the streets that lead to the beautiful boardwalk along the Caspian sea, where young chick Azerbaijanis eat ice cream as...

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May 28, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

Here are Kiva's Daily Quotes from this week. Enjoy!Monday: "Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives." -Viktor FranklTuesday: "Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity." -BuddhaWednesday: "I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy." - Rabindranath Tagore... Continue Reading >>


May 25, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

Team Kiva: Loans That Change Lives
at the California AIDS/LifeCycle
The annual AIDS/LifeCycle commences in less than two weeks and this year a valiant group of nine super-cyclists will represent the Kiva community as Team Kiva: Loans That Change Lives!
Team Kiva will ride alongside approximately 2,100 fellow cyclists on a 545-mile journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles over seven days. The itinerary ranges from 60 to 110 miles per day. Team Kiva consists of three Kivans (one staff member and two interns) and six incredible...
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May 25, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

Note: This blog post by Kiva Fellow Kati Mayfield (KF11, Chile) was reposted from the Kiva Fellows blog.

Things have settled down in Chile – somewhat. At least once a week there’s another strong “réplica”, or aftershock, from the February 27 earthquake, that gives people jelly-legs and sets off anxiety attacks. Buildings are being gutted and have their innards strewn on the sidewalks as they await new...

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