Blog posts tagged with kiva

Oct 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva fellows are our eyes and ears out in the field and are such an integral part of the organization. As they work for the greater good, they also get to experience life in different countries and all the wonders of encountering another culture. This week our fellows taught us something about the culture of the city or country they are currently working in!


"This past Friday was the local "... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

The Kiva staff celebrating a decade of impact outside Kiva's headquarters in San Francisco.

In October of 2005, Kiva was founded as a nonprofit and an incredible journey began. Ten years later, Kiva has grown into a global force for good and a place where acts of mutual respect, kindness and faith occur every hour of every day.

We’ll be celebrating a decade of impact over the next year and have so much in store to share with you. But we wanted to take this moment to extend a very sincere thank you to all Kiva borrowers, lenders, Field Partners... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Health tips: Elephants have a secret weapon to staying cancer free in their genes.

The tech track: Nairobits teaches young girls to code in Kenya. 
 
A fluffy recluse: This magic rabbit hasn't been seen in 20 years.

Must watch: If you build a robot, that...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This is a guest post written by Chris Buccella, a dedicated volunteer who runs KivaStore to help share Kiva with the world.

What's geocaching you ask? Geocaching is a global treasure hunt! A “cache” is a hidden container, containing a logbook and perhaps some small “treasures” for the taking. There are over 2 million caches, hidden all over the world. Visit geocaching.com for more information, and to see how many caches are hidden near you.

Any one can take or contribute items to a cache, but one of the more interesting items are trackables. Custom-...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

The joys of traveling are limitless, especially when your journey is for a good cause. The people you meet, the relationships formed, the new scenery, the street art, and, of course, the local cuisine are just a few things that make adventures in unfamiliar places so exciting. This week, our Kiva fellows shared...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Meet Kristina!

She is the Kiva Coordinator at Bai Tushum, one of Kiva’s Field Partners in Kyrgyzstan. Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Kristina in her office and walk through her process for posting a loan.

Getting the info she needs

Kristina relies on about 190 Loan Officers who are spread out amongst Bai Tushum’s 7 branches and 40+ sub-branches to find the borrowers that she will post and collect the correct information about each of them.

Keeping this many people up to speed on Kiva... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Making strides: Global poverty predicted to fall below 10% for the first time.
 
Sweet news: A beekeeping program in Chicago keeps the formerly incarcerated out of jail.

The first ripple: The world's first solar-powered airport is flourishing.
 
Childish...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 US United States

Kiva U welcomed a very special guest to Kiva headquarters this week...author and activist Chelsea Clinton!...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ



**UPDATE**
Oct. 22 -- We did it! Thank you to all the Kiva supporters who voted in the Google Impact Challenge. Because of you, Kiva was awarded the grand prize of $500,000! We are so excited to continue growing our impact locally and globally with the Kiva community.  

Oct. 5 -- Exciting news! Kiva Oakland is a finalist in the Bay Area Google Impact Challenge and could win $500,000 to grow more neighborhood businesses. Please vote to support Oakland's small business owners. Voting takes just 2 clicks and requires no...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This  story is part of a series celebrating San Francisco small businesses as part of the Kiva SF launch. Learn more>

San Francisco native Danny Paz Gabriner left his job in the tech industry 6 years ago with a dream to start his bread baking company, Sour Flour in the Mission district.

“There are 4 reasons why I chose to focus on bread,” Danny says. “Bread has been around for a really long time as... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


This post is part of a series celebrating San Francisco small businesses as part of the Kiva SF launch. Learn more>

Azar’s training as a barbeque master started at a very young age. Growing up in East Palo Alto in the 1980s, he was a fixture at his parent’s restaurant, Goldie’s Barbeque.

Goldie, Azar’s mother and the namesake of the restaurant, taught Azar how to prepare food and run the business....

Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This post is part of a series celebrating San Francisco small businesses as part of the Kiva SF launch. Learn more>

Turtle Tower is a popular Vietnamese restaurant renowned for their Northern Vietnamese style chicken soup. Started by a Vietnamese immigrant couple, Turtle Tower has become a staple of the Tenderloin district over the last 15 years and attracts San Franciscans from all walks of life to the area.

Thao is the family’s eldest daughter and began working at Turtle Tower from an early age.

“We have been here for 15 years and... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Moving: Follow these photographers as they journey to a new place.
 
 

Double bottom line: Kickstart become a public benefit corp.

...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Kat Tancock
Kiva Volunteer of the Month, May 2015

"I've been a Kiva member/funder for years. I really appreciate the microfinance model both functionally as a way to get money out to people who need it and in terms of marketing and getting donors engaged."

City: Toronto, Canada
Language: Russian
Team: Russiva
Time with Kiva: 1 year, 8 months
Outstanding Contributions to Kiva: Kat has been very communicative and active on the Russian Board of the Forum providing valuable knowledge to other translators. She is very... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
It may be hard to believe (we’re still in shock!) but we just hosted our twenty-eighth class of Kiva Fellows here at our headquarters in San Francisco. Before embarking on their 4 month fellowships, fellows join us in SF for a week of action-packed training. Kiva knows that people around the world endeavor to help each other and this class exemplifies that with 30 fellows from 12 different countries joining together to volunteer with Kiva in 10 countries and 7 cities across the US. 
 
Get a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes at Kiva in the...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
This post was contributed by Keiley Gaston, a Kiva lender and intern at Kiva Field Partner Accion East.

I carefully choose the filters for the Kiva loan I am about to make: Female, check. Underfunded areas, start-ups, green, vulnerable groups. Check, check, check, check. Groups or individuals? I’ll check both. I scroll through the hundreds of matched borrowers Kiva presents to me. I am drawn to those who seem innovative, hardworking, and have children they are trying to send to school. When three friends and I started a microfinance club in our town in 2010, we made a... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Newton news: Gravity-powered lamps for when the sun goes down.
Really: Printed solar panels. Seriously.


  Changing perspective: A new look at Kenya's slums could change how you see them.
 ...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva has been called the “hottest non-profit on the planet,” by Fortune and a top 50 website by Time. Not only is Kiva an awesome place to work, it also is the world’s pioneering crowdfunding for social good platform and is devoted to strengthening individuals and their communities through lending. Here are some reasons why Kiva’s 15th Intern Class...

Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kepler
Rwanda

Who are they?
Kepler is a non-profit higher education program that brings together innovations in learning and technology. ... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Innovative design: This simple product helps girls stay in school.
 
(Natural) Beauty is everywhere: But apparently in some places it's more abundant.
 
Well read and read well: Have books, will travel.
 
 
Heart clench: Adorable little...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Reporting and photos by Tess Murphy

 

...

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Image via Flickr user quintanomedia

Leaps and Bounds: A breakthrough that resulted from the Ice Bucket Challenge.
 

Release the balls!: Delightful video, innovative purpose.
...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


Kiva headquarters was buzzing with the voices of middle school students on a Friday in July. The students received a tour of the office and Kiva U’s Jessica Hansen gave students an introduction to Kiva. The students learned some of the ins and outs of the microfinance
...

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Tariq was just 17 when his life was changed forever in a violent car crash. He was paralyzed in the accident, lost the use of his legs and had to relearn how to do everyday tasks. Following the accident, Tariq had a new perspective on life.

“The accident changed my life. I had to overcome a lot of obstacles. I had to learn to even eat,” he said. “I had a whole new take on life and people.”

So in 2012, he started the Mangum Foundation that focuses on outreach programs for youth, disabled veterans and homeless people. The foundation’s programs include a self-... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Wow! We can’t believe how fast the last four months have flown by. As KF27’s fellowships draw to a close we asked them to share with us one lesson they learned in the field:

 
... Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with kiva

Oct 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva fellows are our eyes and ears out in the field and are such an integral part of the organization. As they work for the greater good, they also get to experience life in different countries and all the wonders of encountering another culture. This week our fellows taught us something about the culture of the city or country they are currently working in!


"This past Friday was the local "... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

The Kiva staff celebrating a decade of impact outside Kiva's headquarters in San Francisco.

In October of 2005, Kiva was founded as a nonprofit and an incredible journey began. Ten years later, Kiva has grown into a global force for good and a place where acts of mutual respect, kindness and faith occur every hour of every day.

We’ll be celebrating a decade of impact over the next year and have so much in store to share with you. But we wanted to take this moment to extend a very sincere thank you to all Kiva borrowers, lenders, Field Partners... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Health tips: Elephants have a secret weapon to staying cancer free in their genes.

The tech track: Nairobits teaches young girls to code in Kenya. 
 
A fluffy recluse: This magic rabbit hasn't been seen in 20 years.

Must watch: If you build a robot, that...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This is a guest post written by Chris Buccella, a dedicated volunteer who runs KivaStore to help share Kiva with the world.

What's geocaching you ask? Geocaching is a global treasure hunt! A “cache” is a hidden container, containing a logbook and perhaps some small “treasures” for the taking. There are over 2 million caches, hidden all over the world. Visit geocaching.com for more information, and to see how many caches are hidden near you.

Any one can take or contribute items to a cache, but one of the more interesting items are trackables. Custom-...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

The joys of traveling are limitless, especially when your journey is for a good cause. The people you meet, the relationships formed, the new scenery, the street art, and, of course, the local cuisine are just a few things that make adventures in unfamiliar places so exciting. This week, our Kiva fellows shared...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Meet Kristina!

She is the Kiva Coordinator at Bai Tushum, one of Kiva’s Field Partners in Kyrgyzstan. Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Kristina in her office and walk through her process for posting a loan.

Getting the info she needs

Kristina relies on about 190 Loan Officers who are spread out amongst Bai Tushum’s 7 branches and 40+ sub-branches to find the borrowers that she will post and collect the correct information about each of them.

Keeping this many people up to speed on Kiva... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Making strides: Global poverty predicted to fall below 10% for the first time.
 
Sweet news: A beekeeping program in Chicago keeps the formerly incarcerated out of jail.

The first ripple: The world's first solar-powered airport is flourishing.
 
Childish...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 US United States

Kiva U welcomed a very special guest to Kiva headquarters this week...author and activist Chelsea Clinton!...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ



**UPDATE**
Oct. 22 -- We did it! Thank you to all the Kiva supporters who voted in the Google Impact Challenge. Because of you, Kiva was awarded the grand prize of $500,000! We are so excited to continue growing our impact locally and globally with the Kiva community.  

Oct. 5 -- Exciting news! Kiva Oakland is a finalist in the Bay Area Google Impact Challenge and could win $500,000 to grow more neighborhood businesses. Please vote to support Oakland's small business owners. Voting takes just 2 clicks and requires no...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This  story is part of a series celebrating San Francisco small businesses as part of the Kiva SF launch. Learn more>

San Francisco native Danny Paz Gabriner left his job in the tech industry 6 years ago with a dream to start his bread baking company, Sour Flour in the Mission district.

“There are 4 reasons why I chose to focus on bread,” Danny says. “Bread has been around for a really long time as... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


This post is part of a series celebrating San Francisco small businesses as part of the Kiva SF launch. Learn more>

Azar’s training as a barbeque master started at a very young age. Growing up in East Palo Alto in the 1980s, he was a fixture at his parent’s restaurant, Goldie’s Barbeque.

Goldie, Azar’s mother and the namesake of the restaurant, taught Azar how to prepare food and run the business....

Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This post is part of a series celebrating San Francisco small businesses as part of the Kiva SF launch. Learn more>

Turtle Tower is a popular Vietnamese restaurant renowned for their Northern Vietnamese style chicken soup. Started by a Vietnamese immigrant couple, Turtle Tower has become a staple of the Tenderloin district over the last 15 years and attracts San Franciscans from all walks of life to the area.

Thao is the family’s eldest daughter and began working at Turtle Tower from an early age.

“We have been here for 15 years and... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Moving: Follow these photographers as they journey to a new place.
 
 

Double bottom line: Kickstart become a public benefit corp.

...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Kat Tancock
Kiva Volunteer of the Month, May 2015

"I've been a Kiva member/funder for years. I really appreciate the microfinance model both functionally as a way to get money out to people who need it and in terms of marketing and getting donors engaged."

City: Toronto, Canada
Language: Russian
Team: Russiva
Time with Kiva: 1 year, 8 months
Outstanding Contributions to Kiva: Kat has been very communicative and active on the Russian Board of the Forum providing valuable knowledge to other translators. She is very... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
It may be hard to believe (we’re still in shock!) but we just hosted our twenty-eighth class of Kiva Fellows here at our headquarters in San Francisco. Before embarking on their 4 month fellowships, fellows join us in SF for a week of action-packed training. Kiva knows that people around the world endeavor to help each other and this class exemplifies that with 30 fellows from 12 different countries joining together to volunteer with Kiva in 10 countries and 7 cities across the US. 
 
Get a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes at Kiva in the...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
This post was contributed by Keiley Gaston, a Kiva lender and intern at Kiva Field Partner Accion East.

I carefully choose the filters for the Kiva loan I am about to make: Female, check. Underfunded areas, start-ups, green, vulnerable groups. Check, check, check, check. Groups or individuals? I’ll check both. I scroll through the hundreds of matched borrowers Kiva presents to me. I am drawn to those who seem innovative, hardworking, and have children they are trying to send to school. When three friends and I started a microfinance club in our town in 2010, we made a... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Newton news: Gravity-powered lamps for when the sun goes down.
Really: Printed solar panels. Seriously.


  Changing perspective: A new look at Kenya's slums could change how you see them.
 ...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva has been called the “hottest non-profit on the planet,” by Fortune and a top 50 website by Time. Not only is Kiva an awesome place to work, it also is the world’s pioneering crowdfunding for social good platform and is devoted to strengthening individuals and their communities through lending. Here are some reasons why Kiva’s 15th Intern Class...

Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kepler
Rwanda

Who are they?
Kepler is a non-profit higher education program that brings together innovations in learning and technology. ... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Innovative design: This simple product helps girls stay in school.
 
(Natural) Beauty is everywhere: But apparently in some places it's more abundant.
 
Well read and read well: Have books, will travel.
 
 
Heart clench: Adorable little...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Reporting and photos by Tess Murphy

 

...

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Image via Flickr user quintanomedia

Leaps and Bounds: A breakthrough that resulted from the Ice Bucket Challenge.
 

Release the balls!: Delightful video, innovative purpose.
...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


Kiva headquarters was buzzing with the voices of middle school students on a Friday in July. The students received a tour of the office and Kiva U’s Jessica Hansen gave students an introduction to Kiva. The students learned some of the ins and outs of the microfinance
...

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Tariq was just 17 when his life was changed forever in a violent car crash. He was paralyzed in the accident, lost the use of his legs and had to relearn how to do everyday tasks. Following the accident, Tariq had a new perspective on life.

“The accident changed my life. I had to overcome a lot of obstacles. I had to learn to even eat,” he said. “I had a whole new take on life and people.”

So in 2012, he started the Mangum Foundation that focuses on outreach programs for youth, disabled veterans and homeless people. The foundation’s programs include a self-... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Wow! We can’t believe how fast the last four months have flown by. As KF27’s fellowships draw to a close we asked them to share with us one lesson they learned in the field:

 
... Continue Reading >>

Pages