Blog posts tagged with kiva microfunds

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 >>
Oct 10, 2014 GH Ghana, IN India, KE Kenya, US United States
Trista Li, KF25 in Chicago

"Every time we sell out!" - Nate
 
"My happiest moment is when I realize, I am here. Because every now and then I can get caught into the day to day stuff. But it is truly precious to be able to...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
By Jacob Saur and Nick Anderson
We are two Kiva employees based in the Bay Area -- Jacob is a software engineer and Nick is a product manager. We wanted to share a little about the recent trip we took to Medellin to visit a Kiva partner and several Kiva borrowers. ...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Check out these delicious cupcakes with a cardamom twist inspired by a trip to India!



Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Wedu
Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand
 
Unlocking the leadership potential of women in Asia
 
Who are they?
Wedu selects women with interest in becoming change-makers in their communities and provides lifelong mentorship and affordable financial support to complete higher education.  Instead of a conventional loan, Wedu borrowers on Kiva agree to repay the financial support through a Future Income Sharing Agreement (FISA). With FISAs, students receive funding now and repay the investment only... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 BJ Benin, KE Kenya, NI Nicaragua, ZM Zambia, ZW Zimbabwe

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a Kiva Fellow? What sites do they see, what do they eat, and what is it like where they are? Kiva’s 24th class of fellows departed for their different locations around the world back in May of this year, and for many their time in the field has recently come to a close. Here are some of our favorite moments from the field to give you a taste of what these fellows have been up to:



Kiva Fellow Ayse Sabuncu stood at a landmark beauty, Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya in the local dialect of Tonga, meaning “ the smoke that...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Need to know:
This Saturday is International Day of the Girl, here's why gender equality is still incredibly important.
 

Old and new:
Modern architecture blending seamlessly around historical buildings.
 

Crayola evolution:
Colorful chart depicting how diverse crayon colors have become.
... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 IN India, ID Indonesia, KE Kenya, XK Kosovo, MW Malawi

Susan Lee, KF25 in Malawi

I have seen many beautiful things this week; amazing sunsets, cute children, delicious food but when I went to visit a group of villagers last week it was their 'gratitude' and sense of community that struck me as beautiful. It was something I 'felt'.
 
They had already been part of a successful dairy cow initiative and had been chosen for the new pig program between my field partner SSLLP, supported by Kiva.
 ...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Is there anything that duct tape doesn’t fix? Keep your trip intact with these duct tape solutions recommended by Kiva employees and volunteers.

 

1. Keep feet happy.


Applying duct tape to your heels will keep blisters at bay whether you’re backpacking in Peru, hiking Mount Kilimanjaro or urban hiking through any city.

 

2. Smell like a spring day (or at least don’t stink).


No clean...

Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with kiva microfunds

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 >>
Oct 10, 2014 GH Ghana, IN India, KE Kenya, US United States
Trista Li, KF25 in Chicago

"Every time we sell out!" - Nate
 
"My happiest moment is when I realize, I am here. Because every now and then I can get caught into the day to day stuff. But it is truly precious to be able to...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
By Jacob Saur and Nick Anderson
We are two Kiva employees based in the Bay Area -- Jacob is a software engineer and Nick is a product manager. We wanted to share a little about the recent trip we took to Medellin to visit a Kiva partner and several Kiva borrowers. ...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Check out these delicious cupcakes with a cardamom twist inspired by a trip to India!



Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Wedu
Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand
 
Unlocking the leadership potential of women in Asia
 
Who are they?
Wedu selects women with interest in becoming change-makers in their communities and provides lifelong mentorship and affordable financial support to complete higher education.  Instead of a conventional loan, Wedu borrowers on Kiva agree to repay the financial support through a Future Income Sharing Agreement (FISA). With FISAs, students receive funding now and repay the investment only... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 BJ Benin, KE Kenya, NI Nicaragua, ZM Zambia, ZW Zimbabwe
By Margo Brookfield

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a Kiva Fellow? What sites do they see, what do they eat, and what is it like where they are? Kiva’s 24th class of fellows departed for their different locations around the world back in May of this year, and for many their time in the field has recently come to a close. Here are some of our favorite moments from the field to give you a taste of what these fellows have been up to:



Kiva Fellow Ayse Sabuncu stood at a landmark beauty, Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya in the local dialect of Tonga, meaning “ the smoke that...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Need to know:
This Saturday is International Day of the Girl, here's why gender equality is still incredibly important.
 

Old and new:
Modern architecture blending seamlessly around historical buildings.
 

Crayola evolution:
Colorful chart depicting how diverse crayon colors have become.
... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 IN India, ID Indonesia, KE Kenya, XK Kosovo, MW Malawi

Susan Lee, KF25 in Malawi

I have seen many beautiful things this week; amazing sunsets, cute children, delicious food but when I went to visit a group of villagers last week it was their 'gratitude' and sense of community that struck me as beautiful. It was something I 'felt'.
 
They had already been part of a successful dairy cow initiative and had been chosen for the new pig program between my field partner SSLLP, supported by Kiva.
 ...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Is there anything that duct tape doesn’t fix? Keep your trip intact with these duct tape solutions recommended by Kiva employees and volunteers.

 

1. Keep feet happy.


Applying duct tape to your heels will keep blisters at bay whether you’re backpacking in Peru, hiking Mount Kilimanjaro or urban hiking through any city.

 

2. Smell like a spring day (or at least don’t stink).


No clean...

Continue Reading >>

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