Blog posts tagged with iraq

Oct 10, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
In June, we launched a program called WLIFT with our field partner Relief International in Iraq and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. We had one goal: To help women business owners in the country get the funding they need to grow their businesses and incomes -- and hire more people in their communities. 

Small businesses are at the heart of healthy economic growth. And this is especially true in Iraq right now. What really inspires us, however, is just how truly phenomenal the women posted as Kiva borrowers through Relief International are. Just... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 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... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2013 KV Kiva HQ


While microfinance has become a powerful tool to fight poverty around the world, it leaves out a critical category of businesses that have the potential to create jobs and breakout growth in developing economies: Small and medium enterprises (SMEs for short).

One country where this is especially true is Iraq. Still in the early stages of recovery from the war, the country needs SMEs to build a strong foundation for healthy economic growth. At the same time, cultural restrictions and domestic norms in Iraq have vastly reduced the number of career... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
Every week we receive dozens of loan updates from our partners about what Kiva borrowers are doing with their loans, how they are succeeding, and when they repay. We're excited to announce that we will be posting a weekly roundup of some of the most inspiring loan updates, starting today.



Denis lives in El Salvador with his wife and 7-year-old daughter. He's worked as a farmer for over 15 years, after learning the trade from his father.

He took out his first Kiva loan in September 2011 and used that $450 to buy herbicides and fertilizer... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2010
Please join us in welcoming CHF International Access to Credit Services Initiative Iraq (ACSI) to the Kiva family.

In the wake of years of war, very few Iraqis have access to startup capital or collateral required to obtain a loan. While it’s difficult to find a reliable statistic for Iraq’s unemployment rate, its clear that the economy is in need of deep investment and reconstruction; the CIA World Factbook notes an official unemployment rate of 15.8%, with unofficial figures as high as 30%. Other sources have estimated a rate as high as 60%. (Gen. Barry McAffrey estimated it to... Continue Reading >>

Blog posts tagged with iraq

Oct 10, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
In June, we launched a program called WLIFT with our field partner Relief International in Iraq and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. We had one goal: To help women business owners in the country get the funding they need to grow their businesses and incomes -- and hire more people in their communities. 

Small businesses are at the heart of healthy economic growth. And this is especially true in Iraq right now. What really inspires us, however, is just how truly phenomenal the women posted as Kiva borrowers through Relief International are. Just... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 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... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2013 KV Kiva HQ


While microfinance has become a powerful tool to fight poverty around the world, it leaves out a critical category of businesses that have the potential to create jobs and breakout growth in developing economies: Small and medium enterprises (SMEs for short).

One country where this is especially true is Iraq. Still in the early stages of recovery from the war, the country needs SMEs to build a strong foundation for healthy economic growth. At the same time, cultural restrictions and domestic norms in Iraq have vastly reduced the number of career... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
Every week we receive dozens of loan updates from our partners about what Kiva borrowers are doing with their loans, how they are succeeding, and when they repay. We're excited to announce that we will be posting a weekly roundup of some of the most inspiring loan updates, starting today.



Denis lives in El Salvador with his wife and 7-year-old daughter. He's worked as a farmer for over 15 years, after learning the trade from his father.

He took out his first Kiva loan in September 2011 and used that $450 to buy herbicides and fertilizer... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2010
Please join us in welcoming CHF International Access to Credit Services Initiative Iraq (ACSI) to the Kiva family.

In the wake of years of war, very few Iraqis have access to startup capital or collateral required to obtain a loan. While it’s difficult to find a reliable statistic for Iraq’s unemployment rate, its clear that the economy is in need of deep investment and reconstruction; the CIA World Factbook notes an official unemployment rate of 15.8%, with unofficial figures as high as 30%. Other sources have estimated a rate as high as 60%. (Gen. Barry McAffrey estimated it to... Continue Reading >>
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