Blog posts tagged with kiva

Jan 1, 2015 KE Kenya
Check out our latest post on Medium and see how Kiva borrower Jackline is creating an environment that encourages all her students to stay in school. 


Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


Biba, her class, and all of us at Kiva were blown away by the response to Biba's story of perseverance and spirit during a difficult battle with brain cancer. Nearly 3,700 lenders made a loan in Biba’s honor, raising $153,000 in loans for people around the world. Simply incredible.

Below is a thank you letter to lenders from Biba, who also shares the story of her inspirational students:

Several years ago, a few of my high schools students and I were sitting around after school discussing our desire to start a club that would utilize concepts we... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Milaap
India
 
Connecting lenders around the world with borrowers in India
 
Who are they?
Milaap means 'connecting people' in Hindi and Urdu. The organization enables individuals all over the world to give a loan to the working class of India – students, small businesses, and families - who need a small amount of capital to get ahead and change their lives for the better.
 
You’ll love them if… you have been looking to make loan to India!
 
Learn... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Role models:
2014 was an amazing year for bright, brave and inspiring young women.
 
Too gorgeous to miss:
Nature creates an incredible winter wonderland of snow and ice.
 
Perspective change:
Move with the night sky and leave the ground behind.
 
...
Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


Ever wondered what life is like working behind the scenes on Kiva's software systems? If you asked Kiva employees (Kivans as we call them) why they are here, most would agree:

When I wake up everyday, I want to go to work.
I want to change the world.
Kiva's my place to do that.

It's a unique platform connecting people across the world that has attracted a talented engineering team driven by a desire to change the world for the better. We call the engineering team Braincrave and you can find us here. We're mission-driven,... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Need help planning your next trip to Guatemala? Check out this list of amazing travel tips from our staff!
Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

It’s a new year, and a new chance to focus on what’s important in life. At Kiva, we are so inspired and motivated by lenders like you, we just had to share a few of our favorite lender quotes to start the year.

It makes us want to get to work and make the most of 2015 already! How do you plan to help others this year?

“People everywhere are kind. They are good. They are honest. They are positive. They are helpful. They smile. They want the same things all everyone wants: a safe living environment, a decent job at a fair wage, a chance for their... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
In the last installment of our series Meet the Kivans, we're excited to introduce you to Jomay and David. These two work closely with our partners in the field and have great insights on Kiva's work around the world.

Q&A with Jomay Lui, Kiva's Senior Knowledge Manager

What do you do at Kiva?
I work on the Partnerships team, which is the team that finds, vets, trains and monitors our vast network of amazing Field Partners all over the world. I'm responsible for defining, standardizing, and documenting our processes and... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

On our wish list:
The most beautiful (and difficult) 1000 color puzzle.
 
40 years:
Newly released photograph series captures sisterly bond over four decades.
 
What you didn't know you needed:
A clock that gives you the current time in color.
 
...
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva U is full of passionate students and educators who have come together to learn about the world, take action, and maximize their impact.  Check out what these four Kiva U teams did to make a dent in global poverty or improve their communities - you can't help but be inspired!
 

... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
This month, we’re spotlighting some of the amazing Kivans who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Kiva possible.

Eric and Monica work with Kiva's volunteers who do everything from translate loans for the site to visiting borrowers in the field. Our volunteers are truly incredible... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Big win:
Grant for Digital Financial Services Innovation lab announced.
 
Wise words:
7 pieces of advice from 7 years at the helm of Brain Pickings.
 
What you can't see but still exists:
The night sky as viewed from modern cities without light pollution.
 ...
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
This month, we’re spotlighting some of the amazing Kivans who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Kiva possible.

Let’s start with two of the incredible folks who build and maintain the Kiva website and all the technical systems we rely on: Amy and Aswin!

Q&A with Amy Rish, Engineering Manager at Kiva:

What do you do at Kiva? 
I am responsible for systems software development for Kiva's main database, Kiva’s reporting warehouse, and Kiva’s financial systems. I also monitor the integrity test process,... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva is very excited to welcome our first partner in Egypt, and our first partner in northern Africa, Together Association for Development and Environment. TADE has been working to improve the environment and livelihoods in rural regions of Egypt since 2006. TADE provides poor people with business classes and individualized entrepreneurship coaching, as well as microloans. To improve community health, TADE also establishes community sewer systems, composting programs and housing improvement programs.

Mahasen is one of...
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Microlending in the U.S. you say?

The United States is one of the most unequal countries in the world with regard to income. The statistics are staggering: America’s top 10% of income make 4/5 of the total income earned in the U.S. That leaves 90% of the population to split the rest. It is a unique and unfortunate quality of the United States to have low income communities living next door to so much inaccessible wealth.

Accion uses microlending to change this. Without a...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 AZ Azerbaijan, GH Ghana, ID Indonesia, MM Myanmar, PY Paraguay
Caroline Dorr, KF25 in Indonesia


Rice is everywhere here in Bali, Indonesia! Rice (or “nasi” in Indonesian) is the staple food here and is eaten every day by almost all Indonesians. Not only is rice the staple food, but it is also a staple crop. Beautiful sprawling rice terraces make up much of the country’s landscape. The lush, green rice paddies turn to a golden yellow just before the rice is ready to be harvested. My favorite rice dishes here are steamed rice with various tasty sides (nasi campur) or fried rice with veggies (nasi... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Internet win:
The internet fixes Barbie and helps encourage young girls everywhere to pursue STEM.
 
That's our jam:
The free Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape on Google Play had us dancing around HQ.

Mark your calendar:
December 4th Twitter chat for mobile banking & other ICT solutions....
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 AZ Azerbaijan, GH Ghana, KE Kenya, MW Malawi, MM Myanmar

Duen Krittika, KF25 in Myanmar

I learned that most of the farmers in Delta area in Myanmar, they have a duck farm for their second income. They buy baby ducks, raise them and sell the eggs. I want to support them with Kiva loan!

...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Nexus Carbon for Development
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
 
Creating sustainable, low-carbon pathways towards poverty alleviation
 
Who are they?
Nexus offers carbon-financing services to small and medium businesses in developing countries.  Nexus has committed to provide clean energy to 20 million people in developing countries and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million tons CO2eq by 2020.
 
 
You’ll love them if… you’re a fan of sustainable... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 US United States
Take a tour through Detroit with Kiva Zip and see this beautiful city through some of the local businesses that give it character and charm at every corner!
 
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 SV El Salvador, KV Kiva HQ

Check out the recipe for these incredible El Salvadorean pupusas!

 

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

     Amani is an independent female artist.  She has been working in the pottery business for two years buying plain pots and vases, decorating them, and then reselling them. She lives in Baqaa, a Palestinian refugee camp, and tells me its hard selling her goods in that area because the people there are very poor. Instead, she sells her work to stores in nearby Amman.
     Amani’s Kiva loan was meant to go towards opening her own store between Amman and Baqaa. Around the time she received the loan, her husband lost a significant amount of money... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 JO Jordan, MW Malawi, MZ Mozambique, TL Timor-Leste, VN Vietnam

There were too many posts from our fellows in the field to choose from, so we had to double up and share some more with you this week!

Caroline Dorr, KF25 in Timor-Leste



I was so happy to find this little coffee shop here in Timor-Leste! Although many farmers grow coffee here, most...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 LR Liberia, SL Sierra Leone


The Ebola epidemic continues to have a widespread human and economic toll in West Africa. More than 4,900 people have died and fear of the disease continues to hamper economic activity.
 
Kiva’s Field Partners in Sierra Leone and Liberia have been affected in many ways. Some have had to close branches and shutdown operations temporarily. Tragically, all our partners in the regions report they have heard of borrowers who have passed due to Ebola.
 
All of Kiva’s partners in Sierra Leone and Liberia have...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Breaking the mold:
GoldieBlox releases an inspiring new toy to inspire young female engineers.  
 

Beat of a different drum:
A new take on visualizing rhythm.
 

Speaking of our history:
A wonderful map of old world language families.
 

...
Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with kiva

Jan 1, 2015 KE Kenya
Check out our latest post on Medium and see how Kiva borrower Jackline is creating an environment that encourages all her students to stay in school. 


Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


Biba, her class, and all of us at Kiva were blown away by the response to Biba's story of perseverance and spirit during a difficult battle with brain cancer. Nearly 3,700 lenders made a loan in Biba’s honor, raising $153,000 in loans for people around the world. Simply incredible.

Below is a thank you letter to lenders from Biba, who also shares the story of her inspirational students:

Several years ago, a few of my high schools students and I were sitting around after school discussing our desire to start a club that would utilize concepts we... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Milaap
India
 
Connecting lenders around the world with borrowers in India
 
Who are they?
Milaap means 'connecting people' in Hindi and Urdu. The organization enables individuals all over the world to give a loan to the working class of India – students, small businesses, and families - who need a small amount of capital to get ahead and change their lives for the better.
 
You’ll love them if… you have been looking to make loan to India!
 
Learn... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Role models:
2014 was an amazing year for bright, brave and inspiring young women.
 
Too gorgeous to miss:
Nature creates an incredible winter wonderland of snow and ice.
 
Perspective change:
Move with the night sky and leave the ground behind.
 
...
Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


Ever wondered what life is like working behind the scenes on Kiva's software systems? If you asked Kiva employees (Kivans as we call them) why they are here, most would agree:

When I wake up everyday, I want to go to work.
I want to change the world.
Kiva's my place to do that.

It's a unique platform connecting people across the world that has attracted a talented engineering team driven by a desire to change the world for the better. We call the engineering team Braincrave and you can find us here. We're mission-driven,... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Need help planning your next trip to Guatemala? Check out this list of amazing travel tips from our staff!
Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

It’s a new year, and a new chance to focus on what’s important in life. At Kiva, we are so inspired and motivated by lenders like you, we just had to share a few of our favorite lender quotes to start the year.

It makes us want to get to work and make the most of 2015 already! How do you plan to help others this year?

“People everywhere are kind. They are good. They are honest. They are positive. They are helpful. They smile. They want the same things all everyone wants: a safe living environment, a decent job at a fair wage, a chance for their... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
In the last installment of our series Meet the Kivans, we're excited to introduce you to Jomay and David. These two work closely with our partners in the field and have great insights on Kiva's work around the world.

Q&A with Jomay Lui, Kiva's Senior Knowledge Manager

What do you do at Kiva?
I work on the Partnerships team, which is the team that finds, vets, trains and monitors our vast network of amazing Field Partners all over the world. I'm responsible for defining, standardizing, and documenting our processes and... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

On our wish list:
The most beautiful (and difficult) 1000 color puzzle.
 
40 years:
Newly released photograph series captures sisterly bond over four decades.
 
What you didn't know you needed:
A clock that gives you the current time in color.
 
...
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva U is full of passionate students and educators who have come together to learn about the world, take action, and maximize their impact.  Check out what these four Kiva U teams did to make a dent in global poverty or improve their communities - you can't help but be inspired!
 

... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
This month, we’re spotlighting some of the amazing Kivans who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Kiva possible.

Eric and Monica work with Kiva's volunteers who do everything from translate loans for the site to visiting borrowers in the field. Our volunteers are truly incredible... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Big win:
Grant for Digital Financial Services Innovation lab announced.
 
Wise words:
7 pieces of advice from 7 years at the helm of Brain Pickings.
 
What you can't see but still exists:
The night sky as viewed from modern cities without light pollution.
 ...
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
This month, we’re spotlighting some of the amazing Kivans who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Kiva possible.

Let’s start with two of the incredible folks who build and maintain the Kiva website and all the technical systems we rely on: Amy and Aswin!

Q&A with Amy Rish, Engineering Manager at Kiva:

What do you do at Kiva? 
I am responsible for systems software development for Kiva's main database, Kiva’s reporting warehouse, and Kiva’s financial systems. I also monitor the integrity test process,... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva is very excited to welcome our first partner in Egypt, and our first partner in northern Africa, Together Association for Development and Environment. TADE has been working to improve the environment and livelihoods in rural regions of Egypt since 2006. TADE provides poor people with business classes and individualized entrepreneurship coaching, as well as microloans. To improve community health, TADE also establishes community sewer systems, composting programs and housing improvement programs.

Mahasen is one of...
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Microlending in the U.S. you say?

The United States is one of the most unequal countries in the world with regard to income. The statistics are staggering: America’s top 10% of income make 4/5 of the total income earned in the U.S. That leaves 90% of the population to split the rest. It is a unique and unfortunate quality of the United States to have low income communities living next door to so much inaccessible wealth.

Accion uses microlending to change this. Without a...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 AZ Azerbaijan, GH Ghana, ID Indonesia, MM Myanmar, PY Paraguay
Caroline Dorr, KF25 in Indonesia


Rice is everywhere here in Bali, Indonesia! Rice (or “nasi” in Indonesian) is the staple food here and is eaten every day by almost all Indonesians. Not only is rice the staple food, but it is also a staple crop. Beautiful sprawling rice terraces make up much of the country’s landscape. The lush, green rice paddies turn to a golden yellow just before the rice is ready to be harvested. My favorite rice dishes here are steamed rice with various tasty sides (nasi campur) or fried rice with veggies (nasi... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Internet win:
The internet fixes Barbie and helps encourage young girls everywhere to pursue STEM.
 
That's our jam:
The free Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape on Google Play had us dancing around HQ.

Mark your calendar:
December 4th Twitter chat for mobile banking & other ICT solutions....
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 AZ Azerbaijan, GH Ghana, KE Kenya, MW Malawi, MM Myanmar

Duen Krittika, KF25 in Myanmar

I learned that most of the farmers in Delta area in Myanmar, they have a duck farm for their second income. They buy baby ducks, raise them and sell the eggs. I want to support them with Kiva loan!

...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Nexus Carbon for Development
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
 
Creating sustainable, low-carbon pathways towards poverty alleviation
 
Who are they?
Nexus offers carbon-financing services to small and medium businesses in developing countries.  Nexus has committed to provide clean energy to 20 million people in developing countries and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million tons CO2eq by 2020.
 
 
You’ll love them if… you’re a fan of sustainable... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 US United States
By Margo Brookfield
Take a tour through Detroit with Kiva Zip and see this beautiful city through some of the local businesses that give it character and charm at every corner!
 
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 SV El Salvador, KV Kiva HQ

Check out the recipe for these incredible El Salvadorean pupusas!

 

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

     Amani is an independent female artist.  She has been working in the pottery business for two years buying plain pots and vases, decorating them, and then reselling them. She lives in Baqaa, a Palestinian refugee camp, and tells me its hard selling her goods in that area because the people there are very poor. Instead, she sells her work to stores in nearby Amman.
     Amani’s Kiva loan was meant to go towards opening her own store between Amman and Baqaa. Around the time she received the loan, her husband lost a significant amount of money... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 JO Jordan, MW Malawi, MZ Mozambique, TL Timor-Leste, VN Vietnam

There were too many posts from our fellows in the field to choose from, so we had to double up and share some more with you this week!

Caroline Dorr, KF25 in Timor-Leste



I was so happy to find this little coffee shop here in Timor-Leste! Although many farmers grow coffee here, most...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 LR Liberia, SL Sierra Leone


The Ebola epidemic continues to have a widespread human and economic toll in West Africa. More than 4,900 people have died and fear of the disease continues to hamper economic activity.
 
Kiva’s Field Partners in Sierra Leone and Liberia have been affected in many ways. Some have had to close branches and shutdown operations temporarily. Tragically, all our partners in the regions report they have heard of borrowers who have passed due to Ebola.
 
All of Kiva’s partners in Sierra Leone and Liberia have...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Breaking the mold:
GoldieBlox releases an inspiring new toy to inspire young female engineers.  
 

Beat of a different drum:
A new take on visualizing rhythm.
 

Speaking of our history:
A wonderful map of old world language families.
 

...
Continue Reading >>

Pages