Aug 12, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva headquarters was buzzing with the voices of middle school students on a Friday in July. The students received a tour of the office and Kiva U’s Jessica Hansen gave students an introduction to Kiva. The students learned some of the ins and outs of the microfinance ...

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Aug 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Tariq was just 17 when his life was changed forever in a violent car crash. He was paralyzed in the accident, lost the use of his legs and had to relearn how to do everyday tasks. Following the accident, Tariq had a new perspective on life. “The accident changed my life. I had to overcome a lot of obstacles. I had to learn to even eat,” he said. “I had a whole new take on life and people.” So in 2012, he started the Mangum Foundation that focuses on outreach programs for youth, disabled veterans and homeless people. The foundation’s programs include a self-esteem course for students,... Continue Reading >>

Aug 7, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Wow! We can’t believe how fast the last four months have flown by. As KF27’s fellowships draw to a close we asked them to share with us one lesson they learned in the field:

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Aug 7, 2015 PS Palestinian Territory

For Mohammad, a father of 6 living in the West Bank, the memories of struggling to make ends meet and feed his family are still fresh. “[It was a] harsh life I was living, as a marginalized person, with no purpose in life,” he said. Read his story and watch a video message at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>

Jul 30, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Wow: This augmented reality sandbox will blow your mind.
Laugh station: Dogs who just can't dog properly.
For your health: How nature improves your well-being.
Call the doctor: The future of medicine is incredible, simply put....
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Jul 23, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

The Specific Union for Farmer Women (SUFW) Jordan Who are they? The Specific Union for Farmer Women is a non-governmental organization established to raise awareness of the social issues facing rural women in Jordan. They target rural parts of Jordan, offering training programs as well as loan products to foster financial independence and education. They offer both education and business loans.  You'll love them are looking to support women in education and... Continue Reading >>

Jul 21, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

The Tenderloin is a San Francisco neighborhood that sits at the heart of an emotional struggle for the city. Within a few minutes walk you can spot new multi-million dollar offices of tech giants. At the same time, you can see heartbreaking evidence of the city’s battle with homelessness, drug use and mental illness. But those who live and work in the Tenderloin know that it’s also a neighborhood filled with creativity, from vibrant street art to up-and-coming galleries. Read more at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>

Jul 17, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Say what?: The world's most commonly spoken languages and where you'll hear them.
Out of this world: New Horizon's journey past Pluto as told by photos.
[Insert applause here]: The Millennium Development Goals actually ARE making huge changes.
Wise words: Lee Pace doles some advice plus a Kiva...
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Jul 14, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This borrower from Vietnam is part of a group loan used for cultivating rice and vegetables, as captured by Kari Derenzi. Carly Schwartz took this photo of Miguel finishing up some baked goods that he and his wife sell in Mexico. This smiling borrower in Myanmar, as captured by Krittika Kaewmamuang, used her Kiva loan to purchase more livestock to raise and sell for additional income. Kari Derenzi, a fellow in Vietnam, captured this breathtaking sunset.... Continue Reading >>

Jul 12, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

One perk of travelling as a Kiva Fellow is definitely trying new types of local cuisines all over the world. This week, we asked our fellows to teach us something about their local food scene. Here are some of their mouthwatering responses: 
“To be honest, Kenyan cuisine is not that exciting. Ugali (maize flour cooked in water), sukuma (kale cooked with onions and tomatoes), kachumbari (tomato salad), chapati (fried bread), beans and...
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