This is a guest post written by Chris Buccella, a dedicated volunteer who runs KivaStore to help share Kiva with the world.
What's geocaching you ask? Geocaching is a global treasure hunt! A “cache” is a hidden container, containing a logbook and perhaps some small “treasures” for the taking. There are over 2 million caches, hidden all over the world. Visit geocaching.com for more information, and to see how many caches are hidden near you. Any one can take or contribute items to a cache, but one of the more interesting items are trackables. Custom-made coins...Continue Reading >>
The joys of traveling are limitless, especially when your journey is for a good cause. The people you meet, the relationships formed, the new scenery, the street art, and, of course, the local cuisine are just a few things that make adventures in unfamiliar places so exciting. This week, our Kiva fellows shared...Continue Reading >>
Meet Kristina! She is the Kiva Coordinator at Bai Tushum, one of Kiva’s Field Partners in Kyrgyzstan. Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Kristina in her office and walk through her process for posting a loan. Getting the info she needs Kristina relies on about 190 Loan Officers who are spread out amongst Bai Tushum’s 7 branches and 40+ sub-branches to find the borrowers that she will post and collect the correct information about each of them. Keeping this many people up to speed on Kiva policies and requirements is no easy task. She relies on... Continue Reading >>
Kiva U welcomed a very special guest to Kiva headquarters this week...author and activist Chelsea Clinton!...Continue Reading >>
**UPDATE** Oct. 22 -- We did it! Thank you to all the Kiva supporters who voted in the Google Impact Challenge. Because of you, Kiva was awarded the grand prize of $500,000! We are so excited to continue growing our impact locally and globally with the Kiva community.
Oct. 5 -- Exciting news! Kiva Oakland is a finalist in the Bay Area Google Impact Challenge and could win $500,000 to grow more neighborhood businesses. Please vote to support Oakland's small business owners. Voting takes just 2 clicks and requires no registration or email! The...Continue Reading >>
This story is part of a series celebrating San Francisco small businesses as part of the Kiva SF launch. Learn more> San Francisco native Danny Paz Gabriner left his job in the tech industry 6 years ago with a dream to start his bread baking company, Sour Flour in the Mission district. “There are 4 reasons why I chose to focus on bread,” Danny says. “Bread has been around for a really long time as a staple food, everyone that... Continue Reading >>
This post is part of a series celebrating San Francisco small businesses as part of the Kiva SF launch. Learn more>
Azar’s training as a barbeque master started at a very young age. Growing up in East Palo Alto in the 1980s, he was a fixture at his parent’s restaurant, Goldie’s Barbeque. Goldie, Azar’s mother and the namesake of the restaurant, taught Azar how to prepare food and run the business. “After Azar...Continue Reading >>
This post is part of a series celebrating San Francisco small businesses as part of the Kiva SF launch. Learn more> Turtle Tower is a popular Vietnamese restaurant renowned for their Northern Vietnamese style chicken soup. Started by a Vietnamese immigrant couple, Turtle Tower has become a staple of the Tenderloin district over the last 15 years and attracts San Franciscans from all walks of life to the area. Thao is the family’s eldest daughter and began working at Turtle Tower from an early age. “We have been here for 15 years and have seen this community transform,” Thao... Continue Reading >>