Blog posts tagged with kiva microfunds

Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Big news! We’ve just launched “Kiva Español,” a pilot version of Kiva in Spanish! 
 
Check out kiva.org/prestar and you’ll see a limited version of Kiva’s website in Spanish, including all Central and South American loan descriptions posted in their original wording. 
 
We launched Kiva in Spanish for 2 main reasons. The first is that a third of Kiva’s loans come from Latin America, and they take around 12 days to fund.  The second is that there are around 50 million Spanish speakers in the...
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Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
“I’m going to show his father that I’m worth more as a woman, that I don’t need a man at my side," said Lourdes. "And I’m going to prove it to my family as well who criticized me so much.”


This story is part of Kiva’s Dreams are Created Equal series. For the next month, we’ll be sharing stories of Kiva borrowers’ dreams and how they’re working towards achieving them. The first in our series comes from Asuncion, Paraguay. Read Lourdes's story at Kiva's Medium. 
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Winter wonderland:
It's been a tough one for some, but these red pandas can't get enough of the snow.
 
A different type of internet quiz:
You'll want to post this on your Facebook wall.
 
That dress:
The internet had a meltdown and no one was immune.
 
... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ



Here at Kiva, we are constantly trying to learn about the world around us, dreaming about visiting new places, meeting new people and trying new things. We know that you, as Kiva lenders, share a lot of the same interests, which is why we started a series featuring some of the top can't miss things to do and see in countries around the world. 

Our next spotlight is on New Zealand. We asked family, friends and of course, our seasoned Kiva travelers for their best tips for enjoying mythical Middle Earth. Read the full post at Medium  Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Réseau de Micro-institutions de Croissance de Revenus (RMCR)
Mali

Supporting women entrepreneurs in francophone Africa

Who are they? 

Réseau de Micro-institutions de Croissance de Revenus is a French NGO that provides microloans to underserved communities in rural Mali. It focuses on making financial services available to women borrowers and fostering an entrepreneurial culture in order to support economic development. The organization also offers borrowers a unique opportunity to gradually... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Share the love:
31 people say 'I love you' in their native languages.
 
Tips and tricks:
Kiva food experts spill their best hacks.
 
How to REALLY pronounce that place:
Important notes for globetrotters.
 
Your new beachfront property:
What major cities could look like with rising seas and clever naming.
... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
In light of Kiva’s #LoanLove Lightning Round, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge coming from our Kiva Zip food production borrowers this week! A few tips for what to eat as well as how to eat some of the delicious foods from our borrowers. 
 
 
Sniff out good olive oil:
Heather of Olive & Marlowe is a Kiva Zip borrower and trustee who sells artisanal olive oils and balsamic vinegars. If you want to know if your olive oil has gone bad, rub a drop of it onto your forearm and smell. A fresh olive oil...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015
Let’s make Valentine’s Day truly sweet for Kiva borrowers around the world! You are invited to participate in Kiva’s Loan Love Lightning Round, a flash fund to help support our food producing and vending borrowers. Our goal is to fund 1,400 food businesses by February 14!
 
Food producers and vendors help support their families and communities in many ways that range from managing farms to selling home-cooked products in local marketplaces. Funding will allow them to do everything from diversifying their selection of crops to buying...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
When you travel with children you experience things in a whole different way. Challenge yourself to slow down, explore, wonder and go with the flow. Challenge your family to learn and try new things. Most of all have fun! Here are a few tips to help you and your little ones get the most out of your trip. Read the full post at Medium>

... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Flash back to 8:30 on Monday morning: Brace yourself, that hot coffee in your hand is about to become useless. Behind the Kiva doors lies the reason why: our newest fellows class, the 26th(!!!) Kiva has sent into the field, has descended on our headquarters in San Francisco for a week of training. 
 
Last week was, simply put, a whirlwind. We welcomed 34 new fellows to the Kiva family from an amazing 12 different countries and sought to teach them everything they’d need to know for their assignment. Our farthest fellow is traveling from San...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
“I feel like a millionaire everyday…" - Nestor

"I couldn’t have done this without Kiva Zip." - Mechele

"Seeing people contribute from all over the world is so cool…These loans really do change lives.” - Kathryn


Those are just a few of the Kiva Zip borrowers who want to thank you for your support. You believed in someone’s dream and abilities, assisted in strengthening the entrepreneurial spirit in the United States and are setting a great example for others to “pay it forward.”

Thanks to the support from the Kiva Zip...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

So what's different between Spanish Kiva and Kiva?

...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Out of this world beautiful:
Take a tour of the most detailed photo of space, ever.
 
Trending:
The history of poverty, told by data, is looking up.
 
Young hero:
10-year-old girl honored for her quick thinking and superb sign language skills.
 
...
Continue Reading >>
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 >>

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Blog posts tagged with kiva microfunds

Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
By Dominic Vantman
Big news! We’ve just launched “Kiva Español,” a pilot version of Kiva in Spanish! 
 
Check out kiva.org/prestar and you’ll see a limited version of Kiva’s website in Spanish, including all Central and South American loan descriptions posted in their original wording. 
 
We launched Kiva in Spanish for 2 main reasons. The first is that a third of Kiva’s loans come from Latin America, and they take around 12 days to fund.  The second is that there are around 50 million Spanish speakers in the...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
“I’m going to show his father that I’m worth more as a woman, that I don’t need a man at my side," said Lourdes. "And I’m going to prove it to my family as well who criticized me so much.”


This story is part of Kiva’s Dreams are Created Equal series. For the next month, we’ll be sharing stories of Kiva borrowers’ dreams and how they’re working towards achieving them. The first in our series comes from Asuncion, Paraguay. Read Lourdes's story at Kiva's Medium. 
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Winter wonderland:
It's been a tough one for some, but these red pandas can't get enough of the snow.
 
A different type of internet quiz:
You'll want to post this on your Facebook wall.
 
That dress:
The internet had a meltdown and no one was immune.
 
... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ



Here at Kiva, we are constantly trying to learn about the world around us, dreaming about visiting new places, meeting new people and trying new things. We know that you, as Kiva lenders, share a lot of the same interests, which is why we started a series featuring some of the top can't miss things to do and see in countries around the world. 

Our next spotlight is on New Zealand. We asked family, friends and of course, our seasoned Kiva travelers for their best tips for enjoying mythical Middle Earth. Read the full post at Medium  Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Réseau de Micro-institutions de Croissance de Revenus (RMCR)
Mali

Supporting women entrepreneurs in francophone Africa

Who are they? 

Réseau de Micro-institutions de Croissance de Revenus is a French NGO that provides microloans to underserved communities in rural Mali. It focuses on making financial services available to women borrowers and fostering an entrepreneurial culture in order to support economic development. The organization also offers borrowers a unique opportunity to gradually... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Share the love:
31 people say 'I love you' in their native languages.
 
Tips and tricks:
Kiva food experts spill their best hacks.
 
How to REALLY pronounce that place:
Important notes for globetrotters.
 
Your new beachfront property:
What major cities could look like with rising seas and clever naming.
... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
In light of Kiva’s #LoanLove Lightning Round, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge coming from our Kiva Zip food production borrowers this week! A few tips for what to eat as well as how to eat some of the delicious foods from our borrowers. 
 
 
Sniff out good olive oil:
Heather of Olive & Marlowe is a Kiva Zip borrower and trustee who sells artisanal olive oils and balsamic vinegars. If you want to know if your olive oil has gone bad, rub a drop of it onto your forearm and smell. A fresh olive oil...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015
Let’s make Valentine’s Day truly sweet for Kiva borrowers around the world! You are invited to participate in Kiva’s Loan Love Lightning Round, a flash fund to help support our food producing and vending borrowers. Our goal is to fund 1,400 food businesses by February 14!
 
Food producers and vendors help support their families and communities in many ways that range from managing farms to selling home-cooked products in local marketplaces. Funding will allow them to do everything from diversifying their selection of crops to buying...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
When you travel with children you experience things in a whole different way. Challenge yourself to slow down, explore, wonder and go with the flow. Challenge your family to learn and try new things. Most of all have fun! Here are a few tips to help you and your little ones get the most out of your trip. Read the full post at Medium>

... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
By Aurora Lee
Flash back to 8:30 on Monday morning: Brace yourself, that hot coffee in your hand is about to become useless. Behind the Kiva doors lies the reason why: our newest fellows class, the 26th(!!!) Kiva has sent into the field, has descended on our headquarters in San Francisco for a week of training. 
 
Last week was, simply put, a whirlwind. We welcomed 34 new fellows to the Kiva family from an amazing 12 different countries and sought to teach them everything they’d need to know for their assignment. Our farthest fellow is traveling from San...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
“I feel like a millionaire everyday…" - Nestor

"I couldn’t have done this without Kiva Zip." - Mechele

"Seeing people contribute from all over the world is so cool…These loans really do change lives.” - Kathryn


Those are just a few of the Kiva Zip borrowers who want to thank you for your support. You believed in someone’s dream and abilities, assisted in strengthening the entrepreneurial spirit in the United States and are setting a great example for others to “pay it forward.”

Thanks to the support from the Kiva Zip...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
By Carlos Pierre

So what's different between Spanish Kiva and Kiva?

...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Out of this world beautiful:
Take a tour of the most detailed photo of space, ever.
 
Trending:
The history of poverty, told by data, is looking up.
 
Young hero:
10-year-old girl honored for her quick thinking and superb sign language skills.
 
...
Continue Reading >>
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 >>

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