Blog posts tagged with kiva microfunds

Feb 2, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
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What would you do on a rooftop in New York City? Get a tan? Watch fireworks on the 4th of July? Have a beer with friends? Keely, a young female farmer from South Dakota, discovered that New York City’s rooftops are great places to grow the best hops for beer making, along with other organic greens, and also to create community around urban organic farming...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 MX Mexico

Photo by: Catherine Cocke

For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders were extended the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. This past week, these 7 lenders visited 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It was a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close.

This post is the second of a 4 part series, which came to us during the... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 US United States


As we approach Valentine’s Day, it’s important to take a moment to think about all the industrious small business owners who make these love-filled holidays happen for everyone. Everything from a box of chocolates to a bottle of wine to candles softly lit on the table may have come from a small local business owner, working hard to get you all you need to show the love this February.

Vanessa of San Francisco’s Polk Street Florist is a shining example of this. A beloved staple of her community, she takes incredible joy in sharing her passion for flowers with her... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 MX Mexico
(photo credit: Catherine Cocke)


For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders are getting the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. This week, these 7 lenders will be visiting 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It’s a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close.

This post is the first of a 4 part series, which comes in anticipation of...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

The Kiva community lost a beloved and influential leader last month. Nicknamed Captain Tony, he was a Review and Translation volunteer, The Mindful Bunch lending team co-captain and lender since 2009. Even with the sadness of his passing in New York in January, his friends and teammates at Kiva are hopeful and confident that his spirit and impact will live on for many years to come. 

Although many of us never got the chance to meet Tony in person, his thoughtfulness and passion for helping others...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 RW Rwanda

On the surface, Jean Bosco seems like any motivated 23-year-old, working late into the evenings, making business calls at all hours, and eating dinner with his laptop open on the table. In reality, however, he is far from the typical millennial. Born in one of the poorest districts in Rwanda in 1993, Bosco has been running his own biofuel business in his home country since 2013.

Bosco is the founder and CEO of biofuel production company HABONA, Ltd., and runs the waste management plant in his home district of over 300,000 people. Over...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Our 32nd fellows class was in the house this past week at Kiva’s San Francisco headquarters, further strengthening our vibrant community! They bonded as a team as they learned about Kiva's overall strategy, our amazing Field Partners, our core operations, and many other interesting topics that prepared them to carry our mission to the field. Hailing from Mali to Moldova, from Canada to China, from Brazil to Zimbabwe and Swaziland - this incredibly diverse and...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Tons of inspiring stories circulate around the internet every day, and we’ve come across some that are no doubt worth sharing. From meatless burgers that even carnivores can enjoy to drones delivering vaccines to endangered ferrets, here are five links we love that we hope you do too:


... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

This month, we’re happy to celebrate our partnership with an organization working to save the planet and all of its inhabitants: Wildlife Conservation Society...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
This year, Kiva supported hundreds of thousands of borrowers all around the world who have inspiring stories to tell. Here, we’ve highlighted some of the most memorable loans shared with us by our lenders and staff members, who felt especially inspired by these entrepreneurs and the work that they are doing:

...
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
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At Kiva, we’re lucky to be surrounded by sources of inspiration and hope every day.

Borrowers like Betty, a mother and entrepreneur in the Philippines, demonstrate the resilience of the human spirit and inspire us to keep going even when things get tough. When a storm hit Betty’s village and destroyed her fishing boats, strangers from around the world rallied to help her family...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


This month, we’re celebrating our partnership with an organization working to make the world a cleaner and more sustainable place to live: Emerging Cooking Solutions... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Lending teams are a vital part of Kiva's thriving community. Last month, one of our most active lending teams hit a milestone no other had: one million loans made. We invited one of their co-captains, Chris Allen, to tell us about what this achievement means to his team.
 
What are the odds that a group of Atheists and other non-believers in God would ever make one million no-interest loans to small business owners around the world? It’s just a guess: one in a million. 
 
Yet, the A+ Team on Kiva has done...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Every day, Kiva’s work is made possible by nearly 400 Review and Translation Program volunteers who graciously donate their time and skills to to translate loans from Kiva’s five key languages: English, Spanish, French, Russian, and Portuguese. Thanks to our volunteers, lenders and borrowers around the world are able to connect through Kiva and help each other build better lives together. 
This past quarter we were fortunate to get to know Katie, Laurie, and Marcia, three very interesting women, and learn more about what motivates them to help people through...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and working for an organization like Kiva provides a unique opportunity to reflect on gratitude. We asked our current fellows class, KF31, who have been in the field for about 3 months now, what they are more appreciative of now that they’ve been experiencing life in a new country. Here are their responses:


... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2016 PY Paraguay
We at Kiva have a lot to be thankful for this year – but most of all, we want to thank you for all you do to make spirits bright around the world every day.
 
Thank you for creating opportunity for entrepreneurs who might not otherwise be able to pursue their dreams and improve their lives. Thank you for keeping our organization running each day with your donations. And thank you for being a beacon of compassion in a sometimes overwhelming world, proving again and again the generosity of the human spirit.
 
... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
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We at Kiva have a lot to be thankful for this year – but most of all, we want to thank you for all you do to make spirits bright around the world every day.

Thank you for creating opportunity for entrepreneurs who might not otherwise be able to pursue their dreams and improve their lives. And thank you for being a beacon of compassion in a sometimes overwhelming world, proving...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

On October 4, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti and eastern Cuba as a Category 4 storm, causing massive destruction and severe damage to much of the region. Relief agencies are racing to deliver supplies across the island, but an estimated 900 people have tragically lost their lives...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


Last week, Kiva celebrated local businesses in the city of Oakland with its first-ever Made in Oakland event. Located in the beautiful outdoor space in front of City Hall, 45 local entrepreneurs showed off their unique businesses, selling everything from vegan cupcakes to repurposed footwear... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva and The MasterCard Foundation are kicking off a 5-year, $7.9 million partnership to test, develop and scale high-impact loans serving the unique needs of smallholder farmers and rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa
.

... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
This is a guest blog from Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer at HP, our Matter to a Million partner.

Sabita never had the opportunity to go to school, but she wants her children to have a different future. Sabita is part of a group of female entrepreneurs in Balangir, India, who use Kiva loans to create successful businesses to fund their children’s education and improve their family’s livelihoods. With her loan, Sabita established a store to sell cosmetics and hair and beauty products, earning enough money to pay her children’s...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
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A loan of $575 helped Sunaphula purchase two cows for her dairy farm. Thanks to lenders like you, it's been possible for Sunaphula to earn a living by selling the milk produced by the cows. 

Food brings us together as a human family across all cultures – and most of the world’s food still comes from small-scale farms and other small businesses. 

Thanks for...

Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Mixing family and business can be a risky prospect, but the 3 sisters running B.E.N. Fisheries make it look simple. They are united by the same vision for their fish farm, the first of its kind in their district in Zimbabwe, and a strong work ethic.

They even named their business in a way that felt equitable to everyone: B.E.N. is a combination of their 3 names– Beauty, Ericah and Netsai.

“We are pioneers of this type of project,” says Ericah proudly.

...
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Blog posts tagged with kiva microfunds

Feb 2, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
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What would you do on a rooftop in New York City? Get a tan? Watch fireworks on the 4th of July? Have a beer with friends? Keely, a young female farmer from South Dakota, discovered that New York City’s rooftops are great places to grow the best hops for beer making, along with other organic greens, and also to create community around urban organic farming...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 MX Mexico

Photo by: Catherine Cocke

For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders were extended the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. This past week, these 7 lenders visited 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It was a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close.

This post is the second of a 4 part series, which came to us during the... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 US United States


As we approach Valentine’s Day, it’s important to take a moment to think about all the industrious small business owners who make these love-filled holidays happen for everyone. Everything from a box of chocolates to a bottle of wine to candles softly lit on the table may have come from a small local business owner, working hard to get you all you need to show the love this February.

Vanessa of San Francisco’s Polk Street Florist is a shining example of this. A beloved staple of her community, she takes incredible joy in sharing her passion for flowers with her... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 MX Mexico
(photo credit: Catherine Cocke)


For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders are getting the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. This week, these 7 lenders will be visiting 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It’s a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close.

This post is the first of a 4 part series, which comes in anticipation of...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
By Taylor Whitfield

The Kiva community lost a beloved and influential leader last month. Nicknamed Captain Tony, he was a Review and Translation volunteer, The Mindful Bunch lending team co-captain and lender since 2009. Even with the sadness of his passing in New York in January, his friends and teammates at Kiva are hopeful and confident that his spirit and impact will live on for many years to come. 

Although many of us never got the chance to meet Tony in person, his thoughtfulness and passion for helping others...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 RW Rwanda

On the surface, Jean Bosco seems like any motivated 23-year-old, working late into the evenings, making business calls at all hours, and eating dinner with his laptop open on the table. In reality, however, he is far from the typical millennial. Born in one of the poorest districts in Rwanda in 1993, Bosco has been running his own biofuel business in his home country since 2013.

Bosco is the founder and CEO of biofuel production company HABONA, Ltd., and runs the waste management plant in his home district of over 300,000 people. Over...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
By Maria Oliveira-Tamellini

Our 32nd fellows class was in the house this past week at Kiva’s San Francisco headquarters, further strengthening our vibrant community! They bonded as a team as they learned about Kiva's overall strategy, our amazing Field Partners, our core operations, and many other interesting topics that prepared them to carry our mission to the field. Hailing from Mali to Moldova, from Canada to China, from Brazil to Zimbabwe and Swaziland - this incredibly diverse and...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Tons of inspiring stories circulate around the internet every day, and we’ve come across some that are no doubt worth sharing. From meatless burgers that even carnivores can enjoy to drones delivering vaccines to endangered ferrets, here are five links we love that we hope you do too:


... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

This month, we’re happy to celebrate our partnership with an organization working to save the planet and all of its inhabitants: Wildlife Conservation Society...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
By Talea Miller
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
By Natalie Brown
This year, Kiva supported hundreds of thousands of borrowers all around the world who have inspiring stories to tell. Here, we’ve highlighted some of the most memorable loans shared with us by our lenders and staff members, who felt especially inspired by these entrepreneurs and the work that they are doing:

...
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
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At Kiva, we’re lucky to be surrounded by sources of inspiration and hope every day.

Borrowers like Betty, a mother and entrepreneur in the Philippines, demonstrate the resilience of the human spirit and inspire us to keep going even when things get tough. When a storm hit Betty’s village and destroyed her fishing boats, strangers from around the world rallied to help her family...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


This month, we’re celebrating our partnership with an organization working to make the world a cleaner and more sustainable place to live: Emerging Cooking Solutions... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Lending teams are a vital part of Kiva's thriving community. Last month, one of our most active lending teams hit a milestone no other had: one million loans made. We invited one of their co-captains, Chris Allen, to tell us about what this achievement means to his team.
 
What are the odds that a group of Atheists and other non-believers in God would ever make one million no-interest loans to small business owners around the world? It’s just a guess: one in a million. 
 
Yet, the A+ Team on Kiva has done...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Every day, Kiva’s work is made possible by nearly 400 Review and Translation Program volunteers who graciously donate their time and skills to to translate loans from Kiva’s five key languages: English, Spanish, French, Russian, and Portuguese. Thanks to our volunteers, lenders and borrowers around the world are able to connect through Kiva and help each other build better lives together. 
This past quarter we were fortunate to get to know Katie, Laurie, and Marcia, three very interesting women, and learn more about what motivates them to help people through...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and working for an organization like Kiva provides a unique opportunity to reflect on gratitude. We asked our current fellows class, KF31, who have been in the field for about 3 months now, what they are more appreciative of now that they’ve been experiencing life in a new country. Here are their responses:


... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2016 PY Paraguay
By Aurora Lee
We at Kiva have a lot to be thankful for this year – but most of all, we want to thank you for all you do to make spirits bright around the world every day.
 
Thank you for creating opportunity for entrepreneurs who might not otherwise be able to pursue their dreams and improve their lives. Thank you for keeping our organization running each day with your donations. And thank you for being a beacon of compassion in a sometimes overwhelming world, proving again and again the generosity of the human spirit.
 
... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
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We at Kiva have a lot to be thankful for this year – but most of all, we want to thank you for all you do to make spirits bright around the world every day.

Thank you for creating opportunity for entrepreneurs who might not otherwise be able to pursue their dreams and improve their lives. And thank you for being a beacon of compassion in a sometimes overwhelming world, proving...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2016

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Oct 10, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

On October 4, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti and eastern Cuba as a Category 4 storm, causing massive destruction and severe damage to much of the region. Relief agencies are racing to deliver supplies across the island, but an estimated 900 people have tragically lost their lives...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


Last week, Kiva celebrated local businesses in the city of Oakland with its first-ever Made in Oakland event. Located in the beautiful outdoor space in front of City Hall, 45 local entrepreneurs showed off their unique businesses, selling everything from vegan cupcakes to repurposed footwear... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva and The MasterCard Foundation are kicking off a 5-year, $7.9 million partnership to test, develop and scale high-impact loans serving the unique needs of smallholder farmers and rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa
.

... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
This is a guest blog from Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer at HP, our Matter to a Million partner.

Sabita never had the opportunity to go to school, but she wants her children to have a different future. Sabita is part of a group of female entrepreneurs in Balangir, India, who use Kiva loans to create successful businesses to fund their children’s education and improve their family’s livelihoods. With her loan, Sabita established a store to sell cosmetics and hair and beauty products, earning enough money to pay her children’s...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
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A loan of $575 helped Sunaphula purchase two cows for her dairy farm. Thanks to lenders like you, it's been possible for Sunaphula to earn a living by selling the milk produced by the cows. 

Food brings us together as a human family across all cultures – and most of the world’s food still comes from small-scale farms and other small businesses. 

Thanks for...

Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Mixing family and business can be a risky prospect, but the 3 sisters running B.E.N. Fisheries make it look simple. They are united by the same vision for their fish farm, the first of its kind in their district in Zimbabwe, and a strong work ethic.

They even named their business in a way that felt equitable to everyone: B.E.N. is a combination of their 3 names– Beauty, Ericah and Netsai.

“We are pioneers of this type of project,” says Ericah proudly.

...
Continue Reading >>

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