Blog posts tagged with Kiva Labs Clean Energy

Aug 8, 2012 KV Kiva HQ


"Your battery is very low, please plug it in immediately."
 
Have you ever experienced that moment of panic when your phone flashes a low battery warning while you’re lost or running late to a meeting? You can usually figure out a quick solution, whether it’s to borrow a charger or run home.
 
But this isn’t the case for the 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa living without electricity. To charge her cell phone, Sara Ruto used to make a weekly trip that included a 2 mile walk and a...
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Jul 7, 2012 KV Kiva HQ

 
Cooking dinner can be a dangerous business (in my household, more so for the diners than for the cook). But for poor people around the world, flavor is the least of their concerns. 
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) lists indoor air pollution from household cooking as the leading environmental cause of death in the world. It contributes to over 2 million deaths annually -- more than are caused by malaria. And poor households that burn biomass (wood, charcoal, dung or crop residues) as fuel for heating and cooking are...
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Jun 6, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
 
Not too long ago, there were places in the U.S. where you couldn’t get mail. That all changed in 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the “Rural Post Roads Act” into law, mandating the construction of roads in rural areas just to deliver the mail.

The project had a budget of $85 million -- about $1.6 billion today -- to subsidize states to pave roads...
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May 5, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
 
Energy drives every aspect of our lives. Lighting, refrigeration, hot water, and stoves are so pervasive that they almost fade from our daily consciousness. Yet, in many developing countries, an enormous fraction of the population has no access to sustainable energy.

This lack of access keeps people poor. Thus the term energy poverty.

Almost every daily task -- from preparing food to doing laundry to fetching water... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
This is part of a larger series on Kiva’s strategic initiatives and innovative loan products, which are designed to expand opportunities for more borrowers. Kiva is looking to partner with companies or organizations working to expand access to clean, sustainable energy.



2012 is officially the “International Year of Sustainable Energy for All,” as pronounced by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Yet today, 1.5 billion people (every one in five) have no access to electricity, while double that rely on wood, charcoal, coal or animal... Continue Reading >>

Blog posts tagged with Kiva Labs Clean Energy

Aug 8, 2012 KV Kiva HQ


"Your battery is very low, please plug it in immediately."
 
Have you ever experienced that moment of panic when your phone flashes a low battery warning while you’re lost or running late to a meeting? You can usually figure out a quick solution, whether it’s to borrow a charger or run home.
 
But this isn’t the case for the 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa living without electricity. To charge her cell phone, Sara Ruto used to make a weekly trip that included a 2 mile walk and a...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2012 KV Kiva HQ

 
Cooking dinner can be a dangerous business (in my household, more so for the diners than for the cook). But for poor people around the world, flavor is the least of their concerns. 
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) lists indoor air pollution from household cooking as the leading environmental cause of death in the world. It contributes to over 2 million deaths annually -- more than are caused by malaria. And poor households that burn biomass (wood, charcoal, dung or crop residues) as fuel for heating and cooking are...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
 
Not too long ago, there were places in the U.S. where you couldn’t get mail. That all changed in 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the “Rural Post Roads Act” into law, mandating the construction of roads in rural areas just to deliver the mail.

The project had a budget of $85 million -- about $1.6 billion today -- to subsidize states to pave roads...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
 
Energy drives every aspect of our lives. Lighting, refrigeration, hot water, and stoves are so pervasive that they almost fade from our daily consciousness. Yet, in many developing countries, an enormous fraction of the population has no access to sustainable energy.

This lack of access keeps people poor. Thus the term energy poverty.

Almost every daily task -- from preparing food to doing laundry to fetching water... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
This is part of a larger series on Kiva’s strategic initiatives and innovative loan products, which are designed to expand opportunities for more borrowers. Kiva is looking to partner with companies or organizations working to expand access to clean, sustainable energy.



2012 is officially the “International Year of Sustainable Energy for All,” as pronounced by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Yet today, 1.5 billion people (every one in five) have no access to electricity, while double that rely on wood, charcoal, coal or animal... Continue Reading >>
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