Aug 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

By Hania Abu-Eid, Kiva's communications manager, and Lev Plaves, Kiva's portfolio associate for the Middle East and South Asia As vivid photos, videos and narratives of unimaginable destruction, death, loss and despair flash on our television, computer and cell phone screens it’s hard not to be confronted with the suffering of  members of our human family. From Palestine and Israel to Iraq, Syria, Congo, Ukraine and so many other... Continue Reading >>

Aug 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

8 tenets at the heart of Kiva
Time machine:
Take a trip down memory lane to when "Are you finding that the Internet is a big thing?" was an actual question.
Guaranteed laughs:
Clever couple finds the best way to announce their expecting.
The universe is amazing:
The most super super-moon ever is coming to a night sky near you.
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Aug 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

The gap between the rich and poor in Colombia is one of largest in the world —and more than a third of Colombia’s population lives below the poverty line.   It’s in this environment that Kiva’s Field Partner of 3.5 years Interactuar is operating, helping entrepreneurs make their businesses a reality, and helping them learn the skills that will help them grow.   Interactuar works in the department of Antioquia, Colombia, where the average yearly income of residents is a meager $6,070. The organization strives to reduce unemployment and create sustainable businesses by offering small... Continue Reading >>

Aug 4, 2014 LB Lebanon, PS Palestinian Territory, YE Yemen

The observance of Ramadan falls on the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and this year began on June 28 and went through July 28. Traditionally, Muslims fast during Ramadan to ‘purify’ their minds so they can better focus on self-reflection and prayer. This leads to a greater understanding of others and the month is known as a time for giving and increased acts of charity. 
As the world marks Ramadan, we are taking the opportunity to shine a light on the tireless work of our partners in the Middle East, working hard to create opportunity and a...
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Aug 1, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Check out the latest Kiva photo story! This time Tiffany Vlaanderen, a Kiva Fellow in Nairobi, takes us inside an artisan workshop where hand-crafted works sold all over the world originate. Continue Reading >>

Aug 1, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Don't miss out on what's hot at Kiva HQ this week:
Guaranteed smiles:
Cacao farmers taste chocolate for the first time.
Food for thought:
A food artist's snack-tacular tour of Europe
Digital development:
Non-profit backed by Facebook brings free internet access to Zambia
For your toolbox:
Everything you ever needed to know...
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Jul 30, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

We are constantly inspired by the Kiva community–a community that includes more than 2.5 million lenders and borrowers around the globe. Together, we are bound by our vision of a more connected, compassionate world. In celebration of this vision at the heart of Kiva’s work, we’re telling the world what #WeBelieve this week. Will you join us? Share your favorite #WeBelieve message below, and tell us what drive you to be part of Kiva in the comments!
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Jul 25, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Our staff's must-reads of the week: Captain Planet recommends:
They may not be pretty, but these unusual fruits and veggies are taking a bite out of food waste
Stop and smell the roses:
Life is about the journey, this algorithm finds the most beautiful route across a city
Gadgets we can't wait for:
In the future, umbrellas tell you when it will rain
Brain food:
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Jul 21, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is now on, a cool new platform for visual storytelling that will help us share Kiva adventures and experiences from all over the world. Our very first post is from Sierra Leone and takes you inside "Kiva Magic," that special moment when Kiva borrowers get to see their Kiva profiles, and the many lenders who believe in them around the globe. Check it out! Continue Reading >>

Jul 17, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Here's what we are reading (and occasionally obsessing about) at HQ this week: Must read of the week: For the price of a single Tomahawk cruise missile, it’s possible to build about 20 schools.
Smarties making moves:
Meet the NASA engineer who invented the Super Soaker. That's right: NASA.
Reliving the glory: 2014 World Cup Quiz, in case you're going through withdrawal just like us.
Get happy: '...
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