Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Need to know:
This Saturday is International Day of the Girl, here's why gender equality is still incredibly important.
Old and new:
Modern architecture blending seamlessly around historical buildings.
Crayola evolution:
Colorful chart depicting how diverse crayon colors have become.
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Oct 9, 2014 IN India, ID Indonesia, KE Kenya, XK Kosovo, MW Malawi

Susan Lee, KF25 in Malawi
I have seen many beautiful things this week; amazing sunsets, cute children, delicious food but when I went to visit a group of villagers last week it was their 'gratitude' and sense of community that struck me as beautiful. It was something I 'felt'.
They had already been part of a successful dairy cow initiative and had been chosen for the new pig program between my field partner SSLLP, supported by Kiva.
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Oct 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Is there anything that duct tape doesn’t fix? Keep your trip intact with these duct tape solutions recommended by Kiva employees and volunteers.


1. Keep feet happy.

Applying duct tape to your heels will keep blisters at bay whether you’re backpacking in Peru, hiking Mount Kilimanjaro or urban hiking through any city.


2. Smell like a spring day (or at least don’t stink).

No clean clothes and...

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Oct 3, 2014 KH Cambodia, SV El Salvador, IN India, US United States, VN Vietnam

Vardah Malik, KF25 in Vietnam After visiting the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum in Hanoi, a colleague and I grabbed some street food. That's vermicelli noodles, tofu and spring rolls you're seeing. Delish.
Trista Li, KF25 in Chicago, USA Pumpkins are in! Halloween is coming! Chicago is a town that is much charming!
I have to say that I had a great first week. The food scene in Chicago is absolutely...
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Oct 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Healthy heart:
The health benefits of rock climbing go beyond the physical.
We can change:
Indoor air pollution kills 4 million a year but there are solutions.
The one thing I saved:
Powerful photoessay from Gaza.
Morning laughs:...
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Oct 1, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Photo by Flickr user Magalie L’Abbé Make a delicious dinner of Khao Soi, inspired by a trip to Thailand. This dish is a balance in contrasts: a sweet-spicy coconut curry cut by a sour taste of pickled mustard greens; the smoothness of the noodles and tofu against the crunch of the sprouts, fried noodles, and onions. Get the recipe at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>

Sep 29, 2014 IQ Iraq

News reports about Iraq are dominated by talk of conflict, bombings, casualties, and more conflict. But through the tragedy, there is hope. We are so inspired by the Iraqi women entrepreneurs who are taking out loans through Relief International, and are intent on bringing improvements and services to their communities regardless of the circumstances. Meet Meada. She is an incredible woman taking steps to make life for Iraqi victims of violence a bit more bearable.  

A wife and mother of four,...

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Sep 26, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Photo by Flickr user Lyza Dange Kivans travel a ton, for work and for fun, so we crowdsourced the best travel hacks our staff and volunteers use on their... Continue Reading >>

Sep 26, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Jet setter:
Where in the world has your iPhone 6 been?
Time vs Effort:
The mathematics of making a meal.
A brighter future:
Using lightbulbs to change lives.
Is this the real life, is this just fantasy?
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Sep 26, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Updated September 26, 2014:
A ceasefire was declared between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in August, but Gaza is still dealing with a humanitarian crisis.  Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are displaced following the turmoil, according to the UN. More than 2,100 people were killed during the conflict in Gaza, many of them civilians, and more than 10,000 were wounded. All...
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