Blog posts tagged with kiva microfunds

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 >>
Nov 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


The following is an excerpt from a Kiva Zip guest post written by Oakland's Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf. You can read the full text of her post here.

According to an Institute for Local Self-Reliance study released earlier this year, “42 percent of local businesses that needed a loan in the previous two years had been unable to obtain one"....This is where I believe Kiva Zip can play a valuable role. By empowering individual citizens to make loans as small as $5 to local small business owners, where banks are saying no to small business loan... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 GH Ghana, KE Kenya, US United States
Mary Jo Halder, KF25 in Washington D.C.



Like many other people, coffee makes me smile.
I’m lucky enough to be in DC, which has an awesome local coffee scene focused on providing great coffee that’s expertly crafted. Carina at Café Diem is doing just that. Café Diem is currently a pop-up in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood, but Carina is picking up the coffee truck that the Kiva Zip loan helped purchase this Friday. Soon, she’ll be spreading coffee goodness and smiles across the city—perfect as the weather begins...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 ID Indonesia, JO Jordan, NI Nicaragua, US United States
It’s hard to believe our 25th class of fellows (KF25) has been in the field for nearly 6 weeks now. They’ve already accomplished so much outstanding work with our field partners and trustees and have reported some great stories with fantastic pictures. 
 
Here are some highlights we couldn’t resist sharing with you:
 
Ignacio in Nicaragua stops by for lunch at Kiva borrower Blanca’s food stand.
 

Caroline captures an amazing sunset in Bali.
...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Presh (center) with 2014 World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Rajaram (right)


Presh rushes into the classroom a few minutes after the lunch bell rings, with an ice pack in one hand and a textbook in the other.  She... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is thrilled to announce the addition of John Muller, PayPal's Vice President of Global Payments Policy, to our Board of Directors.


...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 AZ Azerbaijan, GH Ghana, IN India, MZ Mozambique, TL Timor-Leste
Niaz Patwary, KF25 in India


I take great joy in introducing these hardworking movers and shakers from the fields of Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India:
Sumangala.
Kalavthi.
Renuka.
Tippava.
(Clearly, each name needed a separate line and a punctuation mark to hold the positive energy they radiate!) All of these ladies are multitasking maestros - keeping the home-front well-ordered, running the goat farms even smoother.

...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
At Kiva HQ we love travel and we love dogs. We also make silly mistakes from time to time, so we pulled together some real-life travel blunders made by our staff and volunteers (who shall remain nameless), and threw in some cute, judgmental dogs to say what we were all thinking…check it out on our Medium page.

... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Pancake apes?
This dad teaches his kids about primates in a creative (and mesmerizing) manner.
 

New in tech:
Hoverboards are real. Real. Sign us up.
 

Amazing feats:
Would you plant a forest to save your home? This man in India is doing just that.
...
Continue Reading >>

Pages

Blog posts tagged with kiva microfunds

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 >>
Nov 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


The following is an excerpt from a Kiva Zip guest post written by Oakland's Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf. You can read the full text of her post here.

According to an Institute for Local Self-Reliance study released earlier this year, “42 percent of local businesses that needed a loan in the previous two years had been unable to obtain one"....This is where I believe Kiva Zip can play a valuable role. By empowering individual citizens to make loans as small as $5 to local small business owners, where banks are saying no to small business loan... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2014 GH Ghana, KE Kenya, US United States
Mary Jo Halder, KF25 in Washington D.C.



Like many other people, coffee makes me smile.
I’m lucky enough to be in DC, which has an awesome local coffee scene focused on providing great coffee that’s expertly crafted. Carina at Café Diem is doing just that. Café Diem is currently a pop-up in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood, but Carina is picking up the coffee truck that the Kiva Zip loan helped purchase this Friday. Soon, she’ll be spreading coffee goodness and smiles across the city—perfect as the weather begins...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 ID Indonesia, JO Jordan, NI Nicaragua, US United States
It’s hard to believe our 25th class of fellows (KF25) has been in the field for nearly 6 weeks now. They’ve already accomplished so much outstanding work with our field partners and trustees and have reported some great stories with fantastic pictures. 
 
Here are some highlights we couldn’t resist sharing with you:
 
Ignacio in Nicaragua stops by for lunch at Kiva borrower Blanca’s food stand.
 

Caroline captures an amazing sunset in Bali.
...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Presh (center) with 2014 World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Rajaram (right)


Presh rushes into the classroom a few minutes after the lunch bell rings, with an ice pack in one hand and a textbook in the other.  She... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is thrilled to announce the addition of John Muller, PayPal's Vice President of Global Payments Policy, to our Board of Directors.


...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 AZ Azerbaijan, GH Ghana, IN India, MZ Mozambique, TL Timor-Leste
Niaz Patwary, KF25 in India


I take great joy in introducing these hardworking movers and shakers from the fields of Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India:
Sumangala.
Kalavthi.
Renuka.
Tippava.
(Clearly, each name needed a separate line and a punctuation mark to hold the positive energy they radiate!) All of these ladies are multitasking maestros - keeping the home-front well-ordered, running the goat farms even smoother.

...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
At Kiva HQ we love travel and we love dogs. We also make silly mistakes from time to time, so we pulled together some real-life travel blunders made by our staff and volunteers (who shall remain nameless), and threw in some cute, judgmental dogs to say what we were all thinking…check it out on our Medium page.

... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Pancake apes?
This dad teaches his kids about primates in a creative (and mesmerizing) manner.
 

New in tech:
Hoverboards are real. Real. Sign us up.
 

Amazing feats:
Would you plant a forest to save your home? This man in India is doing just that.
...
Continue Reading >>

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