Blog posts tagged with kiva microfunds

Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


Photo by Flickr user Oliver Whiteside

On April 25, the most devastating earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years claimed the lives of thousands of people and destroyed homes and cultural sites. The Kiva community’s thoughts are with the people of Nepal and all the families that have been affected by this tragedy.

Kiva reached out to our two partners in Nepal, Patan Business and Professional Women and SunFarmer, to express our support and check on the wellbeing of their staff and clients.

SunFarmer responded that their staff members... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Go green:
Clear solar energy panels put a new spin on windows.
 
Tips & tricks:
Impress your friends and family with these tips for better travel photos.

City skies:
8 in 10 have never seen the Milky Way, this is what they're missing.

...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

On April 24, 2013, more than 1,100 garment workers were killed and 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Even though there were fears the building would collapse, garment workers were pressured to remain at work under threat of 1 month’s lost pay.

The disaster in Dhaka brought new awareness about the terrible working conditions for garment workers. People were saddened and outraged, so in an effort to improve working conditions for garment workers and bring more transparency...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

We all want to come back from our trips with amazing photos that capture the spirit and scale of the places we visit. Follow these tips to get better results> Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


Kiva and Dr. Bronner's, the family-owned company that makes the most popular brand of natural soap in North America, are kicking off an exciting new partnership called Seedlings for Small Farmers!

Starting April 23, Kiva will crowdfund 0% interest loans to support smallholder farmers in Ghana who grow certified organic and fair trade oil palm  used in Dr. Bronner’s soap. And, for a limited time, Dr. Bronner's will match each loan made to these farmers.

Dr. Bronner's sister company, Serendipalm, manages the sourcing and supply of... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

The students at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory are taking their education into their own hands. An avid group of Kiva supporters from the school are reaching out to Kiva borrowers in their hometown of San Francisco to learn more about the impact of microfinance.

Abi Basch is a social... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Mother of invention:
A Kiva borrower helping the homeless with recyclable, origami-inspired temporary shelters.
 
Surf's up:
These girls in Bangladesh learn to hang ten while practicing their English skills.
 
Made in Kenya, assembled in America:
This new device provides internet in...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


Myrian knew she would be an artist from the moment her grandmother placed a cool, smooth lump of clay in her hands as a child.

“The first time I touched the clay I said that this is going to be my profession, I will be an artisan,” Myrian says. Read her full story at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Crédit Epargne Formation (CEFOR)
Madagascar

Supporting first-time borrowers and vulnerable populations in Madagascar

Who are they?

Crédit Epargne Formation is a microfinance organization that targets first-time borrowers and impoverished families in the Analmanga region of Madagascar. The organization has developed a social categorization ranking in order to reach the most vulnerable groups. They also provide... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Coffee break:
Combating youth homelessness with a cup of joe.
 
Hot new idea:
Using sound waves to put out fires.
 
 
Side-splitting:
Commentary you probably missed from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
 
...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Tens of thousands of people visit Kiva every day looking to support a borrower. Unfortunately, a significant number leave the website without making a loan because they feel overwhelmed when having to choose who to support. Today, I’m excited to share a redesign we've seen help new visitors choose a loan, while also delivering new features to those of you who’ve been lending for years.

So what can you expect from this new loan finding experience?

Loans are grouped into categories: In the new design we now prominently feature categories such as... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

“While I was repairing my inner self I was able to at least look better, and that made me…regain my confidence," says Toya. Read her story at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Wondering what our fellows are up to? See what makes their field placement unique by taking a look at the foods they are eating and what keeps them inspired everyday!

Kiva Fellow Semone Aye, Myanmar:
Catfish noodle soup? Yes please! Mohinga is a staple in Burmese cuisine, and what many Burmese would call "comfort food." Each region of Myanmar has its own variation of the recipe. #myanmar #chili... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 IN India


Like many women in India, Mukula was a child bride. Now she runs a weaving business with 2 employees out of the workshop in her home. Read her story here>

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

For years, Ki has been defined by the struggles that surrounded her. Dropout. Regugee. Immigrant. To read Ki's story visit Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

American ingenuity:
We can't fault people for their delicious, delicious creativity.

Food art:
Playing with your food has never been so witty (we can't believe they missed New Yolk, though).

Young Captain Planet:
Student designs beautiful faucet flows that reduce water consumption.
 ...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KE Kenya

Pamela is a woman whose smile radiates confidence and joy. After the single mother found out she was HIV positive in 1999, that confidence was tested to the limits. But she was determined to continue to be a pillar of strength for her family and her community. Read her full story at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>
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...
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 >>

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Blog posts tagged with kiva microfunds

Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
By Talea Miller


Photo by Flickr user Oliver Whiteside

On April 25, the most devastating earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years claimed the lives of thousands of people and destroyed homes and cultural sites. The Kiva community’s thoughts are with the people of Nepal and all the families that have been affected by this tragedy.

Kiva reached out to our two partners in Nepal, Patan Business and Professional Women and SunFarmer, to express our support and check on the wellbeing of their staff and clients.

SunFarmer responded that their staff members... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Go green:
Clear solar energy panels put a new spin on windows.
 
Tips & tricks:
Impress your friends and family with these tips for better travel photos.

City skies:
8 in 10 have never seen the Milky Way, this is what they're missing.

...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

On April 24, 2013, more than 1,100 garment workers were killed and 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Even though there were fears the building would collapse, garment workers were pressured to remain at work under threat of 1 month’s lost pay.

The disaster in Dhaka brought new awareness about the terrible working conditions for garment workers. People were saddened and outraged, so in an effort to improve working conditions for garment workers and bring more transparency...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

We all want to come back from our trips with amazing photos that capture the spirit and scale of the places we visit. Follow these tips to get better results> Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


Kiva and Dr. Bronner's, the family-owned company that makes the most popular brand of natural soap in North America, are kicking off an exciting new partnership called Seedlings for Small Farmers!

Starting April 23, Kiva will crowdfund 0% interest loans to support smallholder farmers in Ghana who grow certified organic and fair trade oil palm  used in Dr. Bronner’s soap. And, for a limited time, Dr. Bronner's will match each loan made to these farmers.

Dr. Bronner's sister company, Serendipalm, manages the sourcing and supply of... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

The students at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory are taking their education into their own hands. An avid group of Kiva supporters from the school are reaching out to Kiva borrowers in their hometown of San Francisco to learn more about the impact of microfinance.

Abi Basch is a social... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Mother of invention:
A Kiva borrower helping the homeless with recyclable, origami-inspired temporary shelters.
 
Surf's up:
These girls in Bangladesh learn to hang ten while practicing their English skills.
 
Made in Kenya, assembled in America:
This new device provides internet in...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


Myrian knew she would be an artist from the moment her grandmother placed a cool, smooth lump of clay in her hands as a child.

“The first time I touched the clay I said that this is going to be my profession, I will be an artisan,” Myrian says. Read her full story at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Crédit Epargne Formation (CEFOR)
Madagascar

Supporting first-time borrowers and vulnerable populations in Madagascar

Who are they?

Crédit Epargne Formation is a microfinance organization that targets first-time borrowers and impoverished families in the Analmanga region of Madagascar. The organization has developed a social categorization ranking in order to reach the most vulnerable groups. They also provide... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Coffee break:
Combating youth homelessness with a cup of joe.
 
Hot new idea:
Using sound waves to put out fires.
 
 
Side-splitting:
Commentary you probably missed from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
 
...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Tens of thousands of people visit Kiva every day looking to support a borrower. Unfortunately, a significant number leave the website without making a loan because they feel overwhelmed when having to choose who to support. Today, I’m excited to share a redesign we've seen help new visitors choose a loan, while also delivering new features to those of you who’ve been lending for years.

So what can you expect from this new loan finding experience?

Loans are grouped into categories: In the new design we now prominently feature categories such as... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

“While I was repairing my inner self I was able to at least look better, and that made me…regain my confidence," says Toya. Read her story at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
By Beverly Chan
Wondering what our fellows are up to? See what makes their field placement unique by taking a look at the foods they are eating and what keeps them inspired everyday!

Kiva Fellow Semone Aye, Myanmar:
Catfish noodle soup? Yes please! Mohinga is a staple in Burmese cuisine, and what many Burmese would call "comfort food." Each region of Myanmar has its own variation of the recipe. #myanmar #chili... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 IN India


Like many women in India, Mukula was a child bride. Now she runs a weaving business with 2 employees out of the workshop in her home. Read her story here>

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

For years, Ki has been defined by the struggles that surrounded her. Dropout. Regugee. Immigrant. To read Ki's story visit Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva Field Partner Bai Tushum's...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

American ingenuity:
We can't fault people for their delicious, delicious creativity.

Food art:
Playing with your food has never been so witty (we can't believe they missed New Yolk, though).

Young Captain Planet:
Student designs beautiful faucet flows that reduce water consumption.
 ...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KE Kenya

Pamela is a woman whose smile radiates confidence and joy. After the single mother found out she was HIV positive in 1999, that confidence was tested to the limits. But she was determined to continue to be a pillar of strength for her family and her community. Read her full story at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>
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 >>

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