Sep 12, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

The war in Iraq has devastated much of the country's economy, leaving families struggling to make a living. But there are signs of hope, small and medium-sized businesses are emerging, capable of employing more people and turning communities around. There’s just one problem: these businesses often have a hard time finding the capital they need to grow. On one hand, they’re too small to get loans from commercial banks -- on the other, they’re too big to work with most microfinance institutions. That’s why we’re thrilled to be partnering with Izdiharona for Economic Development... Continue Reading >>

Sep 12, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This post was authored by both Jen Terry and Emily Mertens, incredible interns with the Kiva Fellows Program. There's a spark that runs through the office during the Kiva Fellows Program training week. You can’t help but feel it when you walk through the door. Last week was no different when the 22nd class of Kiva Fellows (KF22) came to San Francisco to learn all things Kiva and prepare for their challenging assignments. They brought with them (and left behind) a lasting enthusiasm for this impactful work before scattering to 25 different countries on 5 continents, where... Continue Reading >>

Sep 11, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

We’ve all heard the warnings: don’t drink the tap water! Whether in Mexico, Montenegro, or Mozambique, we’re often cautioned as travelers about local water sources, and for good reason: Globally, 768 million people worldwide drink unsafe water. Contaminated water can lead to diarrheal diseases, which cause the deaths of 2 million people each year. 1.5 million of these deaths are children -- a figure that’s higher than the number of lives claimed by AIDS, malaria and measles combined.  So, as travelers we have good reason to be wary. On the road, I’ll opt for bottled... Continue Reading >>

Sep 9, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This post was authored by Michelle Kreger, Kiva's Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives. During a recent trip to Kenya, my colleague and I had the chance to connect with the director of Dispensers for Safe Water at Evidence Action, a deeply data-driven project looking at water purification adoption behaviors in rural Kenya. What started as a group of researchers seeking to understand the best way to encourage people to drink safe water, has now developed into an impressive non-profit scaling a proven solution to the problem of waterborne diseases. Contaminated water can cause... Continue Reading >>

Sep 2, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Of all the 72+ countries Kiva works in every day, Tajikistan has a hard time standing out. Even though there are 190 borrowers looking for loans there right now. Even though it is technically the most impoverished country in Central Asia. Still, very few people are lending to Tajik borrowers. So we want to shed some light on why lending in this poor but culturally rich country is so important -- and this light is shining from one of our partners there, MDO Arvand, and the success stories it has seen. Make a loan to a borrower in Tajikistan today and change a life!... Continue Reading >>

Aug 30, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva loves supporting students to pursue their dreams. More importantly, we believe that education can alleviate poverty and help people significantly improve their quality of life in the long term. That's why we’re so excited about our new partnership with the American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan! This nonprofit, international, multidisciplinary university was founded in 1997 with the support of the United States Government and the Open Society Institute. Today, AUCA provides a...

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Aug 28, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Dear Kiva Community,  If you’re a part of Kiva’s lending team community, chances are you’ve either seen or taken part in a conversation about the loans that Strathmore University recently posted to the Kiva website. We're listening. In this blog post, we hope to address a lot of the issues that have been raised and provide answers to many of the questions we've been seeing. If this is new to you, here’s a brief recap: A couple months ago, one of our Field Partners, Strathmore University,...

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Aug 27, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Today, we couldn't be more excited to announce a brand new initiative called Kiva UIt's not just a program. It's a movement. Everywhere, thousands of students and educators are joining together to change the world through microfinance. Already, we've seen teachers, high school clubs, campus chapters, and inspired students mobilizing to solve the world's toughest challenges. All of this has motivated us to take the next step and create tools for people to learn more about global poverty, economics, credit, and how small loans can change people's... Continue Reading >>

Aug 26, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva has come up with a respectful way to offer help…Kiva’s model says that people in developing countries are capable of creating their own prosperity... City: Pheonix, Arizona Language: English Team: Loan On Me Time with Kiva: 10 months Outstanding contributions to Kiva: After 10 months as a volunteer editor with Kiva, Amy has reviewed over 3,000 loans! She is an extremely conscientious editor with an eye for detail, and is always up for sharing her... Continue Reading >>

Aug 25, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Today, we're excited to introduce a new way to visualize the impact your lending team is making. Our goal is to help you better visualize the positive change created by your team, and provide you with a fun infographic that can be shared with family and friends. We started this project by asking Kiva lenders what they thought would be the most important information to enable them visualize their team's impact. Using our learnings we crafted designs, which we reviewed with a randomly-selected cross section of lenders. The result of this process is the new “Impact” section of the team page,... Continue Reading >>