Jun 7, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

The refreshed Kiva includes the most significant changes to the website since it was first created, and is the culmination of more than a year of hard work by Kiva’s engineering, product, design and marketing teams. Learn more about the process at Kiva's Medium page. Continue Reading >>

Jun 1, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Today, we’re proud to introduce a new look and feel for Kiva, and a new, mobile-responsive website that makes supporting small businesses around the world easier than ever. When Kiva began in 2005, we had a simple goal: to connect borrowers who need small amounts of capital to improve their lives, with lenders who want to help. Ten years later, we’ve seen the incredible power and impact of this model brought to life thanks to millions of dedicated contributors like you. Kiva’s grown into a true global community, where people come together to support and believe in each other. That's part... Continue Reading >>

May 31, 2016 AM Armenia

Often when we think of education loans on Kiva, we  think of helping a student finish school and join the workforce. But Artur's story represents the other side of this coin. Artur is a university professor, and his Kiva loan was also an education loan - but one that enabled this teacher to provide a better learning experience to his students and to publish a book on conflict resolution.

Artur in his classroom

Currently a professor at the Yerevan State University in Armenia, Artur took out...

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May 31, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

At Kiva, we take privacy very seriously, for both lenders and borrowers. Our goal is to help borrowers around the world work towards their dreams, and in the process they are often able to build a credit history that opens new doors for them. But sometimes life events, economic changes or even weather and climate prevent borrowers from either repaying on time or repaying in full. In honoring our organizational value of respect, and in alignment with concepts found in the SMART Campaign's borrower protection principles and in U.S. credit laws that seek to protect borrower's rights, we feel... Continue Reading >>

May 31, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Like clockwork, they came, they caffeinated, they learned everything they possible could about microfinance. Last week, Kiva welcomed 14 new fellows to our San Francisco office for a week-long training with our staff. With the advent of our new Small Business Advisor Program, we’ve phased out our US-based fellowships leaving a purely international (and slightly smaller!) class. Check out a behind-the-scenes look at training week.
Answer: A tricky trivia game for fellows. What is Kiva Jeopardy?
Trainees do...
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May 20, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Edible solutions: New six-pack rings that feed, not threaten, marine life. Shattered records: Human trafficking survivor brings a world record, and message, to Washington DC.
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May 19, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva relies on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and translate loans that come in from our partners in one of the five key Kiva languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian). Each borrower has a different story to tell, and Kiva’s Review and Translation Program (RTP) connects each story with Kiva volunteers in order to communicate to the rest of the world.

Today, our RTP volunteers edit and translate about 15,000 loans each month...

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May 13, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This is the fourth post in a geography quiz series to expand your knowledge of the countries where Kiva works. Lend to green entrepreneurs around the world ... Continue Reading >>

May 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This is the final story in our series spotlighting small, independent businesses in the U.S. in celebration of National Small Business week. Show your love for #smallbiz by making a loan on Kiva Zip today and helping us... Continue Reading >>

May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

On this Mother’s Day, Kiva is celebrating the inspirational stories of entrepreneurial mothers, grandmothers and other guiding women from around the world. While their families, businesses, and geographic locations vary greatly, each story showcases the strength and resilience of these incredible mamas! You can help us honor these women around the world by making a at matched loan to a mother (thanks to Pepsico Foundation) and helping them achieve their dreams to improve their families’ lives. Read about Phyllis (pictured above) and other incredible mothers at Kiva's... Continue Reading >>