Blog posts tagged with Kiva Field Partners

Aug 8, 2011
Thank you to all who joined us online for our first Kiva Webinar on How Kiva Chooses...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2011
written by Anne-Marie Robles, Review and Translation Program Intern

Photo provided by MLO Humo

In April of this year I attended a USAID webinar on migrant-backed loans in Guatemala and it got me thinking about the role of remittances in local economies, as well as their effect, if any, on microfinance activities in countries with high remittance rates.

Each year millions of migrant workers leave families behind to seek...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2011
By Sam Kendall, Review and Translation Program Intern


Adel is a physical education teacher who has always wanted to have a sportswear store. With savings and his first FATEN loan, he was finally able to open his own business.


Highlights

*Kiva Field Partner since: June 2009
...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2011
Last December the Gobbi Family of five traveled to Guatemala for a fun-filled 2 weeks of vacation time. The family, long-time supporters ...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2011
Written by Anne-Marie Robles, Review and Translations Program Intern

Silole Sanamwala, a wheat farmer in Narok, Kenya, with her children Ruth and Alex.

... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2011
Written by Anne-Marie Robles, Review and Translations Program Intern


Highlights
  • Kiva Field Partner since: May 2007
  • Loans through Kiva: $2,015,550
  • Number of entrepreneurs assisted through Kiva: 3,237
  • Focus: low-income individuals, groups, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with an emphasis on lending to poor, rural women

Formally known as Maxima Mikroheranhvatho Co. Ltd, or "MAXIMA for Household Economic Development", MAXIMA was founded in March 2000 with a vision to bring together people...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2011
Written by Lauren Brown, Review and Translations Program Intern

This 3-part video interview introduces you to Nat Robinson, CEO of Juhudi Kilimo, a Kiva Field Partner located in Kenya. Learn why so few microfinance institutions (MFIs) are working in the agriculture industry and how Juhudi is leading the way in rural asset financing. Discover how even in rural Kenya, farmers are able to make mobile payments and file insurance claims using their cell phones. Also, find out which type of cow Juhudi recommends its farmers!

...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2011
As part of the migration to the Updates Tab, the Review and Translation Program will be posting updates on featured Review and Translation Volunteers, Kiva Field Partners, and their insights on the latest in Kiva! This is the first of the posts. In coordination with this month's Passport Series on Peru (including: a Country Profile, a Profile of the Microfinance Industry and a Kiva Fellow's lending story), here is a look at a Featured Field Partner!

written by Anne-Marie Robles, Kiva Review and Translations Program Intern...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2011
The Passport Series on Peru continues this post, with a look into the Microfinance Sector in Peru. Check out the Peru Country Profile we posted last week.

Peru is home to a thriving and interesting Microfinance sector. The industry began, formally, in the 1970's. Political turmoil and economic crisis were strong in Peru during the 1980 and 1990's. In response, women became more involved in income generating...
Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2011
This month, the Kiva Blog is featuring Peru in our Passport Series! Stay tuned during the month to learn about the country, its microfinance industry, and some of its borrowers.

The Country:

Peru is a luscious country in South America that is known for its beautiful landscapes (including the Amazon), ancient ruins (it's also home to Macchu Picchu), rich culture, and gorgeous textiles - among many other things! Kiva has 7 Peruvian Microfinance Field Partners.


Peru is 1.28 million square kilometers, which might it... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2010
This week in the Passport Series, we will give you a look into the Microfinance Industry in Mongolia. For more background, check out last week's Country Profile of Mongolia.

Microfinance in Mongolia has been around since the mid-1990's in various forms. As the country has progressed, its Microfinance Industry has taken many different shapes and explored some very interesting and innovative financing solutions; check out a post written by one of our Fellows on
... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2010
Bob Harris, author, journalist, and Kiva lender since 2009, is traveling the world and writing a book about his experiences as a Kiva lender. Bob is also the Team Captain of the Friends of Bob Harris lending team which finished November in 7th place Kiva-wide in Amount Loaned -- and is currently up to 4th place for December, with over $3000 loaned already! Check out his blog! This post, written for Kiva and posted on his own blog, catalogs his thoughts and experiences in Kenya.




I’m writing from Nairobi after an amazing lap around... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2010

Written by: Kathy Lin, Kiva Fellow, VFC Rwanda


The noon-day heat of equatorial sun beat down on tin roofs and dirt roads. It...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2010
This week is the second week of our look into Rwanda with the Passport Series! Check out our Country Profile from last week!


Microfinance has been around since the 1970’s and has slowly been expanding to every corner of the world. The...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2010
Rwanda is a beautiful, lush, tiny country in East Africa. This month we will feature Rwanda with weekly blog posts about the country, its MFIs, lenders to, and borrowers from this country! Kiva has partnerships with three MFI’s in Rwanda: Urwego Opportunity Bank , Vision Finance Company, and Amasezarano Community Banking, S.A.



... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2010
Kiva is often thought of as a microfinance organization, but at it's core it really is a tech start up that is using technology to alleviate poverty. When you think of Kiva as a tech startup the first thing that comes to mind is our lender...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2010
Check out our previous post about Afghanistan here

In a country where the average annual income of an individual is $1,490 (about $4/day) USD, one could only imagine the need for loans that an individual from Afghanistan would need to become a successful entrepreneur.

Ariana Financial Services, Joint Stock Company (AFS), began as a partner of Mercy Corps in May 2003 with help from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. While their early operations focused on District 7 in Kabul, they...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2010
Coming soon to Kiva's Lend tab: loans to purchase solar lanterns in the Philippines!

In celebration of Earth Day, Kiva is happy to announce that field partner "Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF) is in the process of rolling out a pilot program to distribute solar lanterns to its clients. It costs about $70 USD and the loan cycle is either one or two years. How do solar lanterns serve the triple bottom line? I’m glad you asked."

Click here to read more of Kiva Fellow Josh Weinstein's blog post "Solar...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2010

Please join me in welcoming our newest field partner Yehu Microfinance to the Kiva community!


Yehu is Kiva's first partner based in Mombasa, Kenya. (Mombasa is the second largest notoriously hot and humid city on the Indian Ocean's coast.)

...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2010
Kiva is excited to welcome our newest field partner Hekima, our second partner in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the first working in the country’s eastern Kivu Regions. This area has been marked by over a decade of war as well as social, economic and institutional collapse. A complex legal and regulatory environment is further complicated by widespread corruption and a market flooded with poor quality microfinance suppliers.

In the city of Goma, where Hekima is based, many people are still recovering from the 2002 eruption of the Nyiragongo Volcano, which destroyed... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2010
Kiva is excited to announce our newest field partner in Kenya! Juhudi Kilimo is an innovative, for-profit social enterprise based in Nairobi with seven branches in rural communities across Kenya.

Farming is the backbone of the Kenyan economy and it’s typically carried out by small producers who usually cultivate no more than two hectares (about five acres) using limited technology. These poor, rural smallholder farmers are in dire need of financial services. Juhudi works with these farmers to directly finance dairy cows, chickens, agricultural equipment, and... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2010
Kiva works with existing microfinance institutions, which we call Field Partners, to fund loans to low income entrepreneurs all over the world. This is the first in a series of "Partner Profiles" that we'll be sharing here from time to time.

Field Partner: Caja Rural Señor de Luren

Location: Peru

... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2010
By Anonymous
I'm excited to announce a new Kiva Field Partner - Credicomun - our third active partner in Mexico. Credicomun posted its first (of many!) loans this morning here.

Credicomun is based out of Mexico City and has 17 branches throughout the country. The organization is less than 5 years old but has grown rapidly in that time. They work mostly in rural areas through the village banking methodology (group loans), and their average loan size is quite small for Mexico, at about $400. The organization has a strong focus on social...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2010
We thought the Kiva lending community would like to see this update on Kiva's Field Partner in Haiti, Esperanza International written by Esperanza staff member Jordan Nelson.

Dear Kiva Lenders,

While it has been two weeks since a 7.1 earthquake struck Port au Prince, Haiti the destruction and loss of lives left as a result of the natural disaster is tremendous.

Kiva’s field partner in Haiti—Esperanza... Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with Kiva Field Partners

Aug 8, 2011
Thank you to all who joined us online for our first Kiva Webinar on How Kiva Chooses...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2011
By Anne-Marie Robles
written by Anne-Marie Robles, Review and Translation Program Intern

Photo provided by MLO Humo

In April of this year I attended a USAID webinar on migrant-backed loans in Guatemala and it got me thinking about the role of remittances in local economies, as well as their effect, if any, on microfinance activities in countries with high remittance rates.

Each year millions of migrant workers leave families behind to seek...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2011
By Sam Kendall, Review and Translation Program Intern


Adel is a physical education teacher who has always wanted to have a sportswear store. With savings and his first FATEN loan, he was finally able to open his own business.


Highlights

*Kiva Field Partner since: June 2009
...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2011
Last December the Gobbi Family of five traveled to Guatemala for a fun-filled 2 weeks of vacation time. The family, long-time supporters ...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2011
By Anne-Marie Robles
Written by Anne-Marie Robles, Review and Translations Program Intern

Silole Sanamwala, a wheat farmer in Narok, Kenya, with her children Ruth and Alex.

... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2011
By Anne-Marie Robles
Written by Anne-Marie Robles, Review and Translations Program Intern


Highlights
  • Kiva Field Partner since: May 2007
  • Loans through Kiva: $2,015,550
  • Number of entrepreneurs assisted through Kiva: 3,237
  • Focus: low-income individuals, groups, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with an emphasis on lending to poor, rural women

Formally known as Maxima Mikroheranhvatho Co. Ltd, or "MAXIMA for Household Economic Development", MAXIMA was founded in March 2000 with a vision to bring together people...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2011
Written by Lauren Brown, Review and Translations Program Intern

This 3-part video interview introduces you to Nat Robinson, CEO of Juhudi Kilimo, a Kiva Field Partner located in Kenya. Learn why so few microfinance institutions (MFIs) are working in the agriculture industry and how Juhudi is leading the way in rural asset financing. Discover how even in rural Kenya, farmers are able to make mobile payments and file insurance claims using their cell phones. Also, find out which type of cow Juhudi recommends its farmers!

...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2011
As part of the migration to the Updates Tab, the Review and Translation Program will be posting updates on featured Review and Translation Volunteers, Kiva Field Partners, and their insights on the latest in Kiva! This is the first of the posts. In coordination with this month's Passport Series on Peru (including: a Country Profile, a Profile of the Microfinance Industry and a Kiva Fellow's lending story), here is a look at a Featured Field Partner!

written by Anne-Marie Robles, Kiva Review and Translations Program Intern...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2011
The Passport Series on Peru continues this post, with a look into the Microfinance Sector in Peru. Check out the Peru Country Profile we posted last week.

Peru is home to a thriving and interesting Microfinance sector. The industry began, formally, in the 1970's. Political turmoil and economic crisis were strong in Peru during the 1980 and 1990's. In response, women became more involved in income generating...
Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2011
This month, the Kiva Blog is featuring Peru in our Passport Series! Stay tuned during the month to learn about the country, its microfinance industry, and some of its borrowers.

The Country:

Peru is a luscious country in South America that is known for its beautiful landscapes (including the Amazon), ancient ruins (it's also home to Macchu Picchu), rich culture, and gorgeous textiles - among many other things! Kiva has 7 Peruvian Microfinance Field Partners.


Peru is 1.28 million square kilometers, which might it... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2010
This week in the Passport Series, we will give you a look into the Microfinance Industry in Mongolia. For more background, check out last week's Country Profile of Mongolia.

Microfinance in Mongolia has been around since the mid-1990's in various forms. As the country has progressed, its Microfinance Industry has taken many different shapes and explored some very interesting and innovative financing solutions; check out a post written by one of our Fellows on
... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2010
Bob Harris, author, journalist, and Kiva lender since 2009, is traveling the world and writing a book about his experiences as a Kiva lender. Bob is also the Team Captain of the Friends of Bob Harris lending team which finished November in 7th place Kiva-wide in Amount Loaned -- and is currently up to 4th place for December, with over $3000 loaned already! Check out his blog! This post, written for Kiva and posted on his own blog, catalogs his thoughts and experiences in Kenya.




I’m writing from Nairobi after an amazing lap around... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2010

Written by: Kathy Lin, Kiva Fellow, VFC Rwanda


The noon-day heat of equatorial sun beat down on tin roofs and dirt roads. It...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2010
This week is the second week of our look into Rwanda with the Passport Series! Check out our Country Profile from last week!


Microfinance has been around since the 1970’s and has slowly been expanding to every corner of the world. The...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2010
Rwanda is a beautiful, lush, tiny country in East Africa. This month we will feature Rwanda with weekly blog posts about the country, its MFIs, lenders to, and borrowers from this country! Kiva has partnerships with three MFI’s in Rwanda: Urwego Opportunity Bank , Vision Finance Company, and Amasezarano Community Banking, S.A.



... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2010
Kiva is often thought of as a microfinance organization, but at it's core it really is a tech start up that is using technology to alleviate poverty. When you think of Kiva as a tech startup the first thing that comes to mind is our lender...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2010
Check out our previous post about Afghanistan here

In a country where the average annual income of an individual is $1,490 (about $4/day) USD, one could only imagine the need for loans that an individual from Afghanistan would need to become a successful entrepreneur.

Ariana Financial Services, Joint Stock Company (AFS), began as a partner of Mercy Corps in May 2003 with help from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. While their early operations focused on District 7 in Kabul, they...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2010
Coming soon to Kiva's Lend tab: loans to purchase solar lanterns in the Philippines!

In celebration of Earth Day, Kiva is happy to announce that field partner "Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF) is in the process of rolling out a pilot program to distribute solar lanterns to its clients. It costs about $70 USD and the loan cycle is either one or two years. How do solar lanterns serve the triple bottom line? I’m glad you asked."

Click here to read more of Kiva Fellow Josh Weinstein's blog post "Solar...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2010

Please join me in welcoming our newest field partner Yehu Microfinance to the Kiva community!


Yehu is Kiva's first partner based in Mombasa, Kenya. (Mombasa is the second largest notoriously hot and humid city on the Indian Ocean's coast.)

...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2010
Kiva is excited to welcome our newest field partner Hekima, our second partner in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the first working in the country’s eastern Kivu Regions. This area has been marked by over a decade of war as well as social, economic and institutional collapse. A complex legal and regulatory environment is further complicated by widespread corruption and a market flooded with poor quality microfinance suppliers.

In the city of Goma, where Hekima is based, many people are still recovering from the 2002 eruption of the Nyiragongo Volcano, which destroyed... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2010
Kiva is excited to announce our newest field partner in Kenya! Juhudi Kilimo is an innovative, for-profit social enterprise based in Nairobi with seven branches in rural communities across Kenya.

Farming is the backbone of the Kenyan economy and it’s typically carried out by small producers who usually cultivate no more than two hectares (about five acres) using limited technology. These poor, rural smallholder farmers are in dire need of financial services. Juhudi works with these farmers to directly finance dairy cows, chickens, agricultural equipment, and... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2010
Kiva works with existing microfinance institutions, which we call Field Partners, to fund loans to low income entrepreneurs all over the world. This is the first in a series of "Partner Profiles" that we'll be sharing here from time to time.

Field Partner: Caja Rural Señor de Luren

Location: Peru

... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2010
By Anonymous
I'm excited to announce a new Kiva Field Partner - Credicomun - our third active partner in Mexico. Credicomun posted its first (of many!) loans this morning here.

Credicomun is based out of Mexico City and has 17 branches throughout the country. The organization is less than 5 years old but has grown rapidly in that time. They work mostly in rural areas through the village banking methodology (group loans), and their average loan size is quite small for Mexico, at about $400. The organization has a strong focus on social...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2010
By Gerard Niemira
We thought the Kiva lending community would like to see this update on Kiva's Field Partner in Haiti, Esperanza International written by Esperanza staff member Jordan Nelson.

Dear Kiva Lenders,

While it has been two weeks since a 7.1 earthquake struck Port au Prince, Haiti the destruction and loss of lives left as a result of the natural disaster is tremendous.

Kiva’s field partner in Haiti—Esperanza... Continue Reading >>

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