Blog posts tagged with kiva microfunds

May 5, 2014 BO Bolivia, IN India, KE Kenya, UG Uganda, US United States
It has already been 4 months since our 23rd class of Kiva Fellows left our HQ in San Francisco and headed to work directly with our partners and borrowers in the field! Over that time, they’ve shared some inspiring experiences and captured quite a few incredible snapshots. We’ve compiled some of our favorites that will help give a glimpse into what four months in the life of a Kiva Fellow really looks like.

Zach Land-Miller sees two young boys walking home from school on a...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2014 IQ Iraq

Nazira, an Iraqi widow and persistent entrepreneur, embodies the term ‘self-made.’


After...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
window.location.href = 'http://www.kiva.org/videos/moms-7-reasons-youre-incredible';
We could go on and on about the wonderful ways moms impact our lives! Check out 7 of our favorites, contributed by Kiva community members here> Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
“It’s both a challenge and a thrill to be able to work with different people, with different cultures and education levels, in different time zones, from all over the world. It is an opportunity that is hard to come by and I have loved it.” – Team Leader Jamie 

Have you ever wondered how so many loans are posted to Kiva.org? Would you like the opportunity to use your professional skills to impact the lives of Kiva borrowers? You could join Kiva to lead a team of volunteer...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Somedays 3:00 pm hits and I feel like a physical wall has dropped down on me; eager to get my blood sugar back up I head to Kiva's kitchen and grab a nutrition bar to help get me through the rest of the day, but not this week
 
This week, a team of Kivans and myself are participating in Live Below the Line (LBL), an annual event where participants live on $1.50 for food and drink each day for five days to raise awareness for extreme poverty. With 1.2 billion people still living below the global poverty line it's an...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 NI Nicaragua

At Kiva, we believe in treating everyday like it’s Earth Day, which is why we’re especially proud of the green loans that fund through Kiva. These green loans are for individuals and small businesses that are reducing energy expenditures, minimizing waste and pollution, recycling, or repurposing used materials.


... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Meg Gray and Jennifer Bi also contributed to this report.

In March, we introduced you to Jorgelyn Palima and Gerilina Ybanez, two Filipino women who used loans to rebuild after the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan.

The typhoon swept away Jorgelyn’s sari-sari business and home, leaving her living in a shelter made of salvaged materials. With the help of Kiva’s Field Partner in Ormoc, NWTF, Jorgelyn received materials such as coco lumber and gypsum board to reconstruct her home. 



... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Updated April 9, 2014 

On April 7, an internet-wide security vulnerability was reported for OpenSSL, the software used to encrypt web communications on the majority of e-commerce sites.  You can find out more about this bug, called
Heartbleed, at the Wall Street Journal, CNET and the Guardian...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Each day when you visit Kiva’s site there are thousands of loans ready and waiting to be funded, but how do they get there? Money doesn’t grow on trees and neither do translated loans. 
 
Kiva relies on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and translate loans that come in from our partners in one of the five key Kiva languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian). 
 
We are so incredibly grateful to these talented volunteers, who are vital to Kiva’s mission to alleviate poverty. We...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 MR Mauritania
Investisseurs & Partenaires, Kiva’s new France-based partner fundraising loans in Mauritania, is on a mission to promote a new generation of socially-conscious entrepreneurs in Africa.

Along the way, I&P is carving out a unique niche for itself in the world of small and medium enterprise loans. The investment group will only work with African businesses that have a record of outstanding social and environmental impact.  It also requires businesses meet a set of strict criteria, including no use of child labor, implementing anti-discrimination policies, managing... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
A few weeks ago Kiva participated in a UX Boot Camp with Cooper, a design strategy firm based in San Francisco. This was an opportunity to gather a group of talented technology professionals together and have them put a fresh set of eyes on one of the challenges Kiva has observed over the past year.
 

The Boot Camp centered around the experience of choosing loans to support on Kiva. The task of selecting one or two people out of the thousands of borrowers that are fundraising on Kiva can be daunting. Deciding where your limited money...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Meet Otis. He’s a happy guy who loves helping others and has been saving up his milk bones to make a loan on Kiva. We’re going to follow along as he gets acquainted with a new feature that can help him find loans he loves!

Time to start! First things first, the Kiva Lend page. Just need to find a borrower to fund, easy as peanut butter pie. 
 
 
1,838 loans to choose from! That sure does give a dog a lot of options - how to find someone I...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
The Kiva community is filled with changemakers with inspiring stories to tell. We were able to catch up with one such enthusiastic and accomplished young student, who has put her passion for microfinance into practice through the club she leads at her school in Teterboro, New Jersey. 
 
Sam, currently a senior at Bergen Tech High School, was an attendee at the Kiva U Summit this past fall in San Francisco. Like many, she left energized to find creative way to use microfinance to help others around the world, and is already walking the talk....
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Whether you are relaxing on idyllic beaches, visiting friends or traveling for service projects. spring break can take on many forms. But one thing no spring break should be without is a good read. Check out these great book recommendations to take with you to the beach, or to the couch. What better way to spend the break than learning something new?
 
The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One Kiva Loan at a Time, Bob Harris
 
American TV writer, TV and radio personality, and political humorist...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 PH Philippines
It’s been four months since Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, tore through the Philippines and displaced 4 million people.
 
On a recent trip to Tacloban City and the surrounding coastal areas that were devastated by the storm, Kiva staff members saw the level of destruction first hand, and heard heartbreaking stories of loss of life and property. They also saw met many locals determined to rebuild.
 
Kiva's Field Partner in Tacloban, NWTF, created a special Disaster Recovery loan product...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 LB Lebanon, PH Philippines, QA Qatar
This is a guest post from Bob Harris, author, adventurer, Kiva super lender, and captain of the incredible Friends of Bob Harris lending team. His book, The International Bank of Bob, was published in March of 2013, and is now available in paperback and Kindle versions. 
 
A year ago this month, my book about my travels to meet Kiva clients all over the world was released.
 
For me, the result has included every lovely experience that you hope for as an author: strong sales, packed bookstore talks, plenty...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva is proud to support women’s empowerment and education around the world and has partnered with many innovative organizations that work to support the cause. In honor of International Women’s Day, Kiva is excited to spotlight two new partnerships with Etkie and Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) Zimbabwe!

Etkie is a social enterprise that is committed to the financial and social empowerment of female Navajo artisans in New Mexico. Founded in 2011, the organization works exclusively with women, many whom have been social excluded or have physical disabilities. Etkie... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

When we invest in women, communities are healthier and safer. Fewer people are malnourished, education is prioritized and incomes increase across the board.


... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
We’re always busy making tweaks to the site to improve the user experience. This process has led to information about our updates and terms of use being scattered in different places across the site. To make it easier to find information about Kiva's programs and features, we’ve updated our Terms of Use to reflect Kiva’s growth and our dedication to making our site serve our lenders’ and borrowers’ needs.
 
The biggest update to our Terms of Use is to accommodate a new charitable giving option that will facilitate our work with institutional partners....
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
It’s a hectic morning. It’s pouring rain. Dishes are piled in the sink. You’re running late so you check the traffic report online, turn to throw the dishes in the dishwasher then hop in the car and flick on your windshield wipers. But what if you couldn’t? All these modern necessities (dishwasher, windshield wipers, the computer), conveniences that have wormed their way permanently into our lives, were made possible by female inventors!
 
Women make amazing things happen, every day, often without much recognition. International Women’s...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

As we continue to spotlight the diverse and vibrant groups that make up the Kiva community, we sat down with Kiva President Premal Shah to get his thoughts on the ever-expanding Kiva-verse.

... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

 
Kiva’s lending community has helped improve the lives of more than one million borrowers around the world in the past 8 years. Our lenders are the driving force behind Kiva’s success, so it’s with great enthusiasm that we welcome new faces into that family through an exciting partnership with the HP Company Foundation. 
 
Beginning February 25, each of HP’s thousands of employees will receive a $25 credit to lend to a small business owner on Kiva.
 
Together with HP’s employees, we hope...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
 
We’re excited to announce that Kiva and Vittana, a pioneer of higher-education loans in the developing world, are launching an unprecedented partnership that will amplify the reach and impact of crowdfunded loans to students. 

Vittana’s student loans will be redirected to the Kiva website for crowdfunding starting April 2, 2014. Kiva’s platform will allow Vittana’s microfinance partners to access greater amounts of crowdfunded capital and expand their capacity to provide higher-education student loans. 
...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

With heavy hearts, the Kiva community is both mourning and celebrating a special soul who brought light and laughter to all our lives. Paul Lambert, a native of Northern Ireland and a beloved Kiva employee, was struck and killed in a suspected hit-and-run in San Francisco on February 12.


... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2014 GO Global Update
Forget the Olympics, the real team excitement is going down on Kiva and you don’t have to wait four years to be a part of it. 
 
Kiva Lending Teams are a great way for people to share their passion for lending and supporting borrowers around the world. They're also a great way to connect with other lenders via a similar interest, hobby, or even sense of humor.
 
Here are seven incredible, tight-knit Kiva lending communities that need to be on your radar. If you like what you see, you can sign up...
Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with kiva microfunds

May 5, 2014 BO Bolivia, IN India, KE Kenya, UG Uganda, US United States
By Aurora Lee
It has already been 4 months since our 23rd class of Kiva Fellows left our HQ in San Francisco and headed to work directly with our partners and borrowers in the field! Over that time, they’ve shared some inspiring experiences and captured quite a few incredible snapshots. We’ve compiled some of our favorites that will help give a glimpse into what four months in the life of a Kiva Fellow really looks like.

Zach Land-Miller sees two young boys walking home from school on a...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2014 IQ Iraq

Nazira, an Iraqi widow and persistent entrepreneur, embodies the term ‘self-made.’


After...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
window.location.href = 'http://www.kiva.org/videos/moms-7-reasons-youre-incredible';
We could go on and on about the wonderful ways moms impact our lives! Check out 7 of our favorites, contributed by Kiva community members here> Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
“It’s both a challenge and a thrill to be able to work with different people, with different cultures and education levels, in different time zones, from all over the world. It is an opportunity that is hard to come by and I have loved it.” – Team Leader Jamie 

Have you ever wondered how so many loans are posted to Kiva.org? Would you like the opportunity to use your professional skills to impact the lives of Kiva borrowers? You could join Kiva to lead a team of volunteer...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Somedays 3:00 pm hits and I feel like a physical wall has dropped down on me; eager to get my blood sugar back up I head to Kiva's kitchen and grab a nutrition bar to help get me through the rest of the day, but not this week
 
This week, a team of Kivans and myself are participating in Live Below the Line (LBL), an annual event where participants live on $1.50 for food and drink each day for five days to raise awareness for extreme poverty. With 1.2 billion people still living below the global poverty line it's an...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 NI Nicaragua

At Kiva, we believe in treating everyday like it’s Earth Day, which is why we’re especially proud of the green loans that fund through Kiva. These green loans are for individuals and small businesses that are reducing energy expenditures, minimizing waste and pollution, recycling, or repurposing used materials.


... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Meg Gray and Jennifer Bi also contributed to this report.

In March, we introduced you to Jorgelyn Palima and Gerilina Ybanez, two Filipino women who used loans to rebuild after the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan.

The typhoon swept away Jorgelyn’s sari-sari business and home, leaving her living in a shelter made of salvaged materials. With the help of Kiva’s Field Partner in Ormoc, NWTF, Jorgelyn received materials such as coco lumber and gypsum board to reconstruct her home. 



... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Updated April 9, 2014 

On April 7, an internet-wide security vulnerability was reported for OpenSSL, the software used to encrypt web communications on the majority of e-commerce sites.  You can find out more about this bug, called
Heartbleed, at the Wall Street Journal, CNET and the Guardian...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Each day when you visit Kiva’s site there are thousands of loans ready and waiting to be funded, but how do they get there? Money doesn’t grow on trees and neither do translated loans. 
 
Kiva relies on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and translate loans that come in from our partners in one of the five key Kiva languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian). 
 
We are so incredibly grateful to these talented volunteers, who are vital to Kiva’s mission to alleviate poverty. We...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 MR Mauritania
Investisseurs & Partenaires, Kiva’s new France-based partner fundraising loans in Mauritania, is on a mission to promote a new generation of socially-conscious entrepreneurs in Africa.

Along the way, I&P is carving out a unique niche for itself in the world of small and medium enterprise loans. The investment group will only work with African businesses that have a record of outstanding social and environmental impact.  It also requires businesses meet a set of strict criteria, including no use of child labor, implementing anti-discrimination policies, managing... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
A few weeks ago Kiva participated in a UX Boot Camp with Cooper, a design strategy firm based in San Francisco. This was an opportunity to gather a group of talented technology professionals together and have them put a fresh set of eyes on one of the challenges Kiva has observed over the past year.
 

The Boot Camp centered around the experience of choosing loans to support on Kiva. The task of selecting one or two people out of the thousands of borrowers that are fundraising on Kiva can be daunting. Deciding where your limited money...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Meet Otis. He’s a happy guy who loves helping others and has been saving up his milk bones to make a loan on Kiva. We’re going to follow along as he gets acquainted with a new feature that can help him find loans he loves!

Time to start! First things first, the Kiva Lend page. Just need to find a borrower to fund, easy as peanut butter pie. 
 
 
1,838 loans to choose from! That sure does give a dog a lot of options - how to find someone I...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
The Kiva community is filled with changemakers with inspiring stories to tell. We were able to catch up with one such enthusiastic and accomplished young student, who has put her passion for microfinance into practice through the club she leads at her school in Teterboro, New Jersey. 
 
Sam, currently a senior at Bergen Tech High School, was an attendee at the Kiva U Summit this past fall in San Francisco. Like many, she left energized to find creative way to use microfinance to help others around the world, and is already walking the talk....
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Whether you are relaxing on idyllic beaches, visiting friends or traveling for service projects. spring break can take on many forms. But one thing no spring break should be without is a good read. Check out these great book recommendations to take with you to the beach, or to the couch. What better way to spend the break than learning something new?
 
The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One Kiva Loan at a Time, Bob Harris
 
American TV writer, TV and radio personality, and political humorist...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 PH Philippines
It’s been four months since Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, tore through the Philippines and displaced 4 million people.
 
On a recent trip to Tacloban City and the surrounding coastal areas that were devastated by the storm, Kiva staff members saw the level of destruction first hand, and heard heartbreaking stories of loss of life and property. They also saw met many locals determined to rebuild.
 
Kiva's Field Partner in Tacloban, NWTF, created a special Disaster Recovery loan product...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 LB Lebanon, PH Philippines, QA Qatar
This is a guest post from Bob Harris, author, adventurer, Kiva super lender, and captain of the incredible Friends of Bob Harris lending team. His book, The International Bank of Bob, was published in March of 2013, and is now available in paperback and Kindle versions. 
 
A year ago this month, my book about my travels to meet Kiva clients all over the world was released.
 
For me, the result has included every lovely experience that you hope for as an author: strong sales, packed bookstore talks, plenty...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva is proud to support women’s empowerment and education around the world and has partnered with many innovative organizations that work to support the cause. In honor of International Women’s Day, Kiva is excited to spotlight two new partnerships with Etkie and Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) Zimbabwe!

Etkie is a social enterprise that is committed to the financial and social empowerment of female Navajo artisans in New Mexico. Founded in 2011, the organization works exclusively with women, many whom have been social excluded or have physical disabilities. Etkie... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

When we invest in women, communities are healthier and safer. Fewer people are malnourished, education is prioritized and incomes increase across the board.


... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
By Aurora Lee
We’re always busy making tweaks to the site to improve the user experience. This process has led to information about our updates and terms of use being scattered in different places across the site. To make it easier to find information about Kiva's programs and features, we’ve updated our Terms of Use to reflect Kiva’s growth and our dedication to making our site serve our lenders’ and borrowers’ needs.
 
The biggest update to our Terms of Use is to accommodate a new charitable giving option that will facilitate our work with institutional partners....
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
It’s a hectic morning. It’s pouring rain. Dishes are piled in the sink. You’re running late so you check the traffic report online, turn to throw the dishes in the dishwasher then hop in the car and flick on your windshield wipers. But what if you couldn’t? All these modern necessities (dishwasher, windshield wipers, the computer), conveniences that have wormed their way permanently into our lives, were made possible by female inventors!
 
Women make amazing things happen, every day, often without much recognition. International Women’s...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

As we continue to spotlight the diverse and vibrant groups that make up the Kiva community, we sat down with Kiva President Premal Shah to get his thoughts on the ever-expanding Kiva-verse.

... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

 
Kiva’s lending community has helped improve the lives of more than one million borrowers around the world in the past 8 years. Our lenders are the driving force behind Kiva’s success, so it’s with great enthusiasm that we welcome new faces into that family through an exciting partnership with the HP Company Foundation. 
 
Beginning February 25, each of HP’s thousands of employees will receive a $25 credit to lend to a small business owner on Kiva.
 
Together with HP’s employees, we hope...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
 
We’re excited to announce that Kiva and Vittana, a pioneer of higher-education loans in the developing world, are launching an unprecedented partnership that will amplify the reach and impact of crowdfunded loans to students. 

Vittana’s student loans will be redirected to the Kiva website for crowdfunding starting April 2, 2014. Kiva’s platform will allow Vittana’s microfinance partners to access greater amounts of crowdfunded capital and expand their capacity to provide higher-education student loans. 
...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

With heavy hearts, the Kiva community is both mourning and celebrating a special soul who brought light and laughter to all our lives. Paul Lambert, a native of Northern Ireland and a beloved Kiva employee, was struck and killed in a suspected hit-and-run in San Francisco on February 12.


... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2014 GO Global Update
Forget the Olympics, the real team excitement is going down on Kiva and you don’t have to wait four years to be a part of it. 
 
Kiva Lending Teams are a great way for people to share their passion for lending and supporting borrowers around the world. They're also a great way to connect with other lenders via a similar interest, hobby, or even sense of humor.
 
Here are seven incredible, tight-knit Kiva lending communities that need to be on your radar. If you like what you see, you can sign up...
Continue Reading >>

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