May 8, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

No larger than the state of Maryland, Rwanda is a small landlocked nation in the heart of Africa. Full of lakes and very mountainous, it is a beautiful country with just over 12 million inhabitants. Today, some consider it Africa’s “biggest success story,” but just 19 short years ago the nation was haunted by one of the most horrific genocides in history. 1994 GENOCIDE Unfortunately, when one thinks of Rwanda perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is its tragic history of genocide. Prompted by decades of competition between the two major ethnic... Continue Reading >>


May 7, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Without the hard work and dedication of countless individuals, Kiva could never have touched the lives of over 1 million borrowers. Kiva Coordinators are critical to making this possible. KCs work with loan officers in the field to gather photos and stories of borrowers to post on the Kiva site -- connecting them to our community of lenders ready to help. KCs ensure that borrowers are well-represented on Kiva and are getting the funding and services they need to thrive. So we would like to take this opportunity to highlight the work of three rockstar KCs who fuel Kiva's mission. ... Continue Reading >>


May 7, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Do you remember in school when your teachers used say that imitation is the highest form of flattery?  Maybe that didn’t happen to you, but I can remember hating it when a kid next to me would copy my drawing, cupcake decoration or science project and claim it was his own idea. That said -- no matter where you fall on the flattery spectrum -- here at Kiva we think copycats are great.  Let me explain. Over the past year, Kiva has launched partnerships with a number of organizations that are testing exciting innovations in the field. They’re lending to... Continue Reading >>


May 7, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Have you ever wondered how a relatively small non-profit organization in San Francisco has managed to work effectively in more than 65 countries around the world? Or how new initiatives like Kiva Zip have scaled to over $1 million in loan volume within 17 months of launching? While there are many factors that have contributed to these successes, one thing is certain -- Kiva would not be where it is today without the support and contributions of its Kiva Fellows. Kiva's 20th class of Kiva Fellows before heading out into the field. The Kiva Fellows Program gives participants a... Continue Reading >>


May 6, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This is the first installment of a Mother's Day guest blog series, highlighting what Kiva makes possible for mothers, whether they are lenders, borrowers, or Kiva partners. As we approach Mother’s Day next Sunday, we wanted to spotlight three Kiva lenders and their stories about making a difference for moms around the world. Lloyd Thompson honors his mom's charitable spirit from the other side of the world. Susan Linton makes loans in memory of her mother and grandmother. And Julie Patton uses Kiva to educate her own son about giving. First, meet Lloyd. Here... Continue Reading >>


May 6, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This is a guest post by Gabriela Barbosa, a volunteer Team Leader for Kiva's Review and Translation Program. If you're reading this, chances are you want to make a difference in the world by helping entrepreneurs change their lives with small loans. Since its founding in 2005, Kiva has enabled over 900,000 of us lenders to make loans to more than 1 million borrowers. But what many people don't know is that Kiva depends on an army of volunteers to make loans available for funding on the website. This is the Review and Translation Program (RTP). Currently, RTP is... Continue Reading >>


May 3, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

One of our favorite data visualization sites, the World Bank Tumblr recently posted this fascinating infographic about global internet use. For a larger version of the graph you can click here. The visualization skews a world map to demonstrate both the number of internet users per country as well as the percentage of the population with access to internet. The size of each country on the map represents total number of internet users, and the darker the color, the higher the internet penetration. Countries with less than 2 million internet users were excluded from the map -- explaining... Continue Reading >>


May 2, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

We’re thrilled to announce our new partnership with Kubo.financiero in Mexico! Through branchless banking and other innovative services, Kubo is bringing interest rates down and making financing more affordable for the people who need it most. Did you know that in developing countries, informal lending is a very popular way to access money? Be it for personal use or to start a company, people are quite comfortable with the idea of borrowing from relatives, friends, neighbors and acquaintances. Reasons for this vary, but oftentimes they fall into three categories... Continue Reading >>


May 2, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This Passport Series has focused on the unique challenges faced by Palestinian borrowers. With skyrocketing unemployment rates, creative entrepreneurialism becomes all the more important.  Kiva is proud to provide capital to courageous, hardworking borrowers in this part of the world. So to conclude this Passport Series, we would like to share with you stories of four entrepreneurs who -- with Kiva lenders' help -- have found success in a place with limited economic opportunity.  A 34-year-old father of one, Basel has a disability that impedes his ability to walk. Despite... Continue Reading >>


May 1, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Mothers are incredibly powerful. Not only do they give life, they give their children the foundation they need to live healthy, successful, happy lives. When you give a mother the tools she needs to do these things, there’s no limit to what she can accomplish. Did you know that outside of the agricultural sector, in both developed and developing countries, women on average still earn less than 78% of the wages paid to men for the same work? This is a gap that refuses to close in even the most developed countries -- leaving millions of women worldwide struggling to... Continue Reading >>


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