Jun 21, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Our partner Strathmore University in Kenya just posted a huge batch of new loans to help students from all over Africa afford college tuition!  We're so excited to be working with Strathmore -- one of the most prestigious private institutions on the continent -- to get young people the funding they need to succeed. Make a student loan today, and change a life in dramatic ways. It may be summer vacation, but too many bright, qualified students in Africa need to worry about affording education. Financial aid is extremely limited,... Continue Reading >>

Jun 21, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva Zip has now made loans in 35 states throughout America! And our next big launch will be in Portland, Oregon NEXT THURSDAY. We’re teaming up with Oregon’s First Lady Cylvia Hayes to roll out Kiva Zip as part of the state’s Prosperity Initiative, and we're so excited to have her support! We’ll be celebrating the launch next Thursday afternoon, and if you're a Kiva Zip lender in Oregon, we would love for you to...

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Jun 18, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Looking to begin a career in international development or social enterprise? Join the Kiva team as an intern and gain access to an influential personal and professional network of technology, non-profit, and microfinance professionals! 

Interns are essential to Kiva’s operations and its mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. There are a wide range of positions in a variety of departments where interns work closely with staff on high-impact projects in an educational and social work environment. This is no "fetching coffee and... Continue Reading >>

Jun 14, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

We’re excited to announce our new partnership with Kopernik in Indonesia! When we talk about the best ways to alleviate poverty in developing countries, we often bring up issues around education, clean energy, healthcare, savings and more. But poverty can also be tackled by establishing large-scale distribution networks to connect technology suppliers with users in remote areas. This is exactly why we partnered with Kopernik! Like in many developing countries, small kiosks are very popular in Indonesia and account for 85% of the Indonesian retail market. But... Continue Reading >>

Jun 13, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This spring, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative announced its goal to eradicate polio by 2018. National governments and global foundations immediately pledged millions of dollars to fund the program’s community health initiatives in the few countries (Nigeria, Pakistan, India) where endemic polio remains. Initially, the disease was supposed to have been eradicated by 1990, but despite a massive influx of resources from the WHO, Gates Foundation and UNICEF, campaign fatigue and lingering pockets of wild polio in hard-to-reach areas have allowed it to simmer on. The continued... Continue Reading >>

Jun 13, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

We are excited to have a guest post from David Bakke -- a Kiva Contributor from the blog Money Crashers Personal Finance. He lives with his young son in Atlanta, Georgia, and writes about money management and saving tips on Money Crashers. It's an unfortunate fact that our public school system does little to teach children about money and finances -- and that's unlikely to change any time soon. Therefore, as a parent, that responsibility lies with you and you alone. Teaching your children about money at an early age is a priceless gift, as it puts your kids on... Continue Reading >>

Jun 12, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Just in time for Father's Day on SUNDAY, we want to share some stories of exceptional fathers supporting their families with the help of Kiva loans. Meet Aaron. He borrowed $375 through UpEnergy in Uganda to buy an inventory of improved/clean-burning cookstoves to sell in his local community around the capital city, Kampala. His story is incredible, and he’s an amazing father. Aaron was orphaned at a young age and lost 6 out of his 7 siblings. Under these circumstances, he was only able to get 7 years of education before entering the workforce... Continue Reading >>

Jun 11, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Did you know that 80% of the loans posted to Kiva are for women borrowers? Microfinance is an incredible force for women’s empowerment. So much so, that many microfinance institutions and organizations focus largely or exclusively on serving women. But men play a vital role in development and their communities too -- especially fathers! So, in advance of this Father's Day (in 40 countries worldwide this Sunday), here are 9 reasons why loans to men make a big difference: 1.) Lack of financial opportunities force men to migrate,... Continue Reading >>

Jun 11, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

At Kiva, we believe research is an essential part of the design process. Talking with lenders, watching them use a feature we’ve built, and analyzing data from the website are all invaluable tools which help us identify what works well and where improvements can be made. Nearly every project we undertake can benefit from user research. This can be as simple as analyzing patterns in Google Analytics, testing a new design with a paper prototype, or releasing a feature to a small percentage of users and seeing what happens. Because we may ask you to participate in a study, or you may come... Continue Reading >>

Jun 11, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Some yogurts pack more punch than just fruit at the bottom. While most of us wouldn’t typically think of yogurt as a tool to fight social injustice, add in a few extra nutrients and it becomes a formidable tool in the fight against malnutrition.  UNICEF estimates that malnutrition accounts for over one-third of all child deaths in developing countries, and the children who do survive are more susceptible to illness and mental and physical disabilities. Grameen Danone Foods is a company that was specifically set up to tackle malnutrition by selling nutrient-fortified yogurt to the... Continue Reading >>