Blog posts tagged with kiva

Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Is there anything that duct tape doesn’t fix? Keep your trip intact with these duct tape solutions recommended by Kiva employees and volunteers.

 

1. Keep feet happy.


Applying duct tape to your heels will keep blisters at bay whether you’re backpacking in Peru, hiking Mount Kilimanjaro or urban hiking through any city.

 

2. Smell like a spring day (or at least don’t stink).


No clean...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KH Cambodia, SV El Salvador, IN India, US United States, VN Vietnam
Vardah Malik, KF25 in Vietnam

After visiting the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum in Hanoi, a colleague and I grabbed some street food. That's vermicelli noodles, tofu and spring rolls you're seeing. Delish.

Trista Li, KF25 in Chicago, USA

Pumpkins are in! Halloween is coming! Chicago is a town that is much charming!
 
I have to say that I had a great first week. The...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Healthy heart:
The health benefits of rock climbing go beyond the physical.

We can change:
Indoor air pollution kills 4 million a year but there are solutions.

The one thing I saved:
Powerful photoessay from Gaza.
 

Morning...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Photo by Flickr user Magalie L’Abbé

Make a delicious dinner of Khao Soi, inspired by a trip to Thailand. This dish is a balance in contrasts: a sweet-spicy coconut curry cut by a sour taste of pickled mustard greens; the smoothness of the noodles and tofu against the crunch of the sprouts, fried noodles, and onions. Get the recipe at Kiva's Medium page>


Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 IQ Iraq
News reports about Iraq are dominated by talk of conflict, bombings, casualties, and more conflict. But through the tragedy, there is hope. We are so inspired by the Iraqi women entrepreneurs who are taking out loans through Relief International, and are intent on bringing improvements and services to their communities regardless of the circumstances.

Meet Meada. She is an incredible woman taking steps to make life for Iraqi victims of violence a bit more bearable.  

A...

Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Photo by Flickr user Lyza Dange

Kivans travel a ton, for work and for fun, so we crowdsourced the best travel hacks our staff and...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Jet setter:
Where in the world has your iPhone 6 been?

Time vs Effort:
The mathematics of making a meal.
 

A brighter future:
Using lightbulbs to change lives.
 

Is this the real life, is this just fantasy?...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Updated September 26, 2014:
A ceasefire was declared between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in August, but Gaza is still dealing with a humanitarian crisis.  Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are displaced following the turmoil, according to the UN. More than 2,100 people were killed during the conflict in Gaza, many of them civilians, and more than 10,000 were wounded. All...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Innovation station:
These 7 healthcare innovations are saving lives.
 

Water crisis:
California is drying up before our eyes.

Sweet deal:
If you're donut lovers like us you'll love this...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Last week we welcomed our 25th Kiva Fellows class to the office for training. Fellows Week is always one of the most exciting weeks at the office and this time around proved no different. Our next class, KF25, is made up of 37 fellows and represents our most internationally diverse cohort ever, with representatives from 16 countries. Fellows Weeks is a whirlwind of activity, you can read a new fellow’s account here.
 
As they leave for their assignments in the field over the next week we wish them the best of luck – it’s an adventure of a lifetime they’...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Farmers are awesome, aren’t they? We certainly think so! That’s why we held a Flash Fund from Sept 8-12 to help fund 500 farmers’ Kiva loans. Kiva farmers come from all over the world but are united in their passion for cultivating opportunity from hard work.
 
Thanks to Kiva lenders rallying to show their support, we smashed tour goal and more than 1150 farmers’ loans were funded during Flash Fund week
 

Among the 1150 were young farmers, like Sibonisiwe in Zimbabwe, who owns a...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Ibdaa Microfinance SAL
Lebanon

Serving Vulnerable Refugee Communities


Who are they?
Ibdaa Microfinance SAL aims to improve the unemployment rate of Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon by providing loans to entrepreneurs in these communities.  The organization puts a special emphasis on youth entrepreneurs, and ensures that each young borrower is matched with a mentor to provide business development services and insight.  

You'll love them...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Need to read:
The amazing and heartbreaking untold story of the Bajau Laut.

 

A modern tyranny:
How America came to rely on the least delicious apple.

 

Progress over time:
Watch a decade of economic growth in Africa.

 

A moving perspective:...

Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

As the leaves change color, the air cools and farmers everywhere begin to gather their harvest, you know autumn has arrived in the U.S. In every culture, harvest season is regarded as a time of bounty and prosperity and is celebrated through holidays and festivals. This week, Kiva is celebrating farmers and all the hard work they do around the world by flash funding 500 farmers in 5 days! Join the effort by making a loan to a farmer.
 
One of the reasons farmers need our support is that their livelihoods are so unpredictable. Once the seeds are...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Amazing visual:
Real-time map of winds around the world.
 
Money market:
Ecuador may be set to be the first country to digitize its currency.
 
Reading corner:
5 essential reads on international development.
 
Summer's end:
One last dose of beach beauty before autumn rolls in.
 
Children are our future:...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva’s loans come in all shapes, sizes and languages. Lucky for us, there’s a team of hard working multilingual volunteers on Kiva’s Review and Translation (RTP) team who make it possible for us to get these loans onto the site!
 
Kiva partners operate in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian) and we rely on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and translate loans so they can be published to our site in English while preserving the original author’s voice and emotion. 

...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 SL Sierra Leone
Freetown, Sierra Leone


More than 3,000 cases and 1,550 deaths have been reported so far in the Ebola outbreak devastating West Africa. Two countries where Kiva works, Liberia and Sierra Leone, are among the hardest hit and have both declared a national state of emergency.
 
In addition to the devastating loss of life in affected communities, the epidemic is having a serious negative impact on local economies. Schools, markets, banks, and stores have been closed, and... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Thank you for making this an incredible first year for Kiva U, Kiva’s student and teacher program!

When Citi and Kiva launched the Kiva U initiative in September of 2013, we had no idea what to expect. We hoped that if we created and shared useful and compelling content and resources, we could help students and teachers learn about poverty, microfinance, entrepreneurship and sustainability. We hoped that if we built platforms and ways for passionate and informed people to connect, we could build a movement that could transform lives for entrepreneurs working...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Up and at 'em:
A pep talk from Kid President will change your perspective.
 
Bearer of good news:
John Green learns about Ethiopian baby names and their role as health indicators.
 
Tech tidbit:
Instagram announced Hyperlapse and it's a thing of beauty.
 
At the cinema:
Marty McFly's iconic puffy vest: red or orange? NPR delivers the verdict.
... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 ZA South Africa
At Kiva HQ we are passionate about travel, as are many Kiva lenders. We decided to crowd-source our best travel advice, starting with South Africa. For anyone who has visited South Africa this list will bring back some happy memories, and if you've never been this list might have you booking a ticket soon. Enjoy and please add your own recommendations in the comments!

To See:
1. Relive history and reflect on Nelson Mandela's legacy at Robben Island
2. Revel in the Kirstenbosch Gardens (called heaven on Earth and the most beautiful sight in the entire... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
ASA INITIATIVE
Ghana

Supporting Citrus Farmers and Greening the Environment

Who are they?
ASA Initiative is an MFI that provides loans for green energy and agriculture. They give green loans to entrepreneurs to sell clean energy cook stoves that run on waste materials produced by communities. Agricultural loans support citrus farmers in Ghana to expand their farms, hire labor, transport goods to the market, and ultimately increase their household income.  

You’ll love them if…... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Too astonishing to miss:
Photo mashups of San Francisco's 1906 earthquake and present-day.
 
Inspiring moment:
See how $25 is changing the world.
 
Beautiful world:
Sometimes the road less traveled is absolutely stunning.
 
Cute overload:
A Tinker Bell popsicle and the world's most exciting ginger ale.
 
The...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Here are the stories we've been emailing, tweeting and sharing around the office this week:

More prolific than Starbucks and McDonalds:
John Oliver reports on the shocking truth that 1 in 20 U.S. families has taken out a pay day loan.
 
Cutie alert:
Second day of school blues – we know that feeling, Buddy.
 
Humans of the world:
The human side of conflict as told by everyone's favorite NY photo-storyteller....
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 MM Myanmar

A bit about Myanmar…
Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in Asia, but it has seen major political and economic reforms in recent years that have many hopeful for a brighter future. For decades Myanmar was controlled by authoritative leadership that committed gross human rights violations. Myanmar’s people have lived through much oppression, but progress in this young democracy is being made to ensure human rights and develop transparency in governance. The next test of this will...

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Photography by Tim Chambers
I was a pastry chef before my years at Kiva, so I love to lend to bakers around the world. My Kiva portfolio is full of pictures of mouthwatering pastries made by a wide variety of culinary artists—a baker of Lebanese flatbreads (man’oushe), a cake decorator in Honduras, a gingerbread baker from New Orleans. One of my favorite loans was to Mamasharif in Tajikistan—don'... Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with kiva

Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Is there anything that duct tape doesn’t fix? Keep your trip intact with these duct tape solutions recommended by Kiva employees and volunteers.

 

1. Keep feet happy.


Applying duct tape to your heels will keep blisters at bay whether you’re backpacking in Peru, hiking Mount Kilimanjaro or urban hiking through any city.

 

2. Smell like a spring day (or at least don’t stink).


No clean...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KH Cambodia, SV El Salvador, IN India, US United States, VN Vietnam
Vardah Malik, KF25 in Vietnam

After visiting the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum in Hanoi, a colleague and I grabbed some street food. That's vermicelli noodles, tofu and spring rolls you're seeing. Delish.

Trista Li, KF25 in Chicago, USA

Pumpkins are in! Halloween is coming! Chicago is a town that is much charming!
 
I have to say that I had a great first week. The...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Healthy heart:
The health benefits of rock climbing go beyond the physical.

We can change:
Indoor air pollution kills 4 million a year but there are solutions.

The one thing I saved:
Powerful photoessay from Gaza.
 

Morning...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Photo by Flickr user Magalie L’Abbé

Make a delicious dinner of Khao Soi, inspired by a trip to Thailand. This dish is a balance in contrasts: a sweet-spicy coconut curry cut by a sour taste of pickled mustard greens; the smoothness of the noodles and tofu against the crunch of the sprouts, fried noodles, and onions. Get the recipe at Kiva's Medium page>


Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 IQ Iraq
News reports about Iraq are dominated by talk of conflict, bombings, casualties, and more conflict. But through the tragedy, there is hope. We are so inspired by the Iraqi women entrepreneurs who are taking out loans through Relief International, and are intent on bringing improvements and services to their communities regardless of the circumstances.

Meet Meada. She is an incredible woman taking steps to make life for Iraqi victims of violence a bit more bearable.  

A...

Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Photo by Flickr user Lyza Dange

Kivans travel a ton, for work and for fun, so we crowdsourced the best travel hacks our staff and...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Jet setter:
Where in the world has your iPhone 6 been?

Time vs Effort:
The mathematics of making a meal.
 

A brighter future:
Using lightbulbs to change lives.
 

Is this the real life, is this just fantasy?...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Updated September 26, 2014:
A ceasefire was declared between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in August, but Gaza is still dealing with a humanitarian crisis.  Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are displaced following the turmoil, according to the UN. More than 2,100 people were killed during the conflict in Gaza, many of them civilians, and more than 10,000 were wounded. All...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Innovation station:
These 7 healthcare innovations are saving lives.
 

Water crisis:
California is drying up before our eyes.

Sweet deal:
If you're donut lovers like us you'll love this...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Last week we welcomed our 25th Kiva Fellows class to the office for training. Fellows Week is always one of the most exciting weeks at the office and this time around proved no different. Our next class, KF25, is made up of 37 fellows and represents our most internationally diverse cohort ever, with representatives from 16 countries. Fellows Weeks is a whirlwind of activity, you can read a new fellow’s account here.
 
As they leave for their assignments in the field over the next week we wish them the best of luck – it’s an adventure of a lifetime they’...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Farmers are awesome, aren’t they? We certainly think so! That’s why we held a Flash Fund from Sept 8-12 to help fund 500 farmers’ Kiva loans. Kiva farmers come from all over the world but are united in their passion for cultivating opportunity from hard work.
 
Thanks to Kiva lenders rallying to show their support, we smashed tour goal and more than 1150 farmers’ loans were funded during Flash Fund week
 

Among the 1150 were young farmers, like Sibonisiwe in Zimbabwe, who owns a...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Ibdaa Microfinance SAL
Lebanon

Serving Vulnerable Refugee Communities


Who are they?
Ibdaa Microfinance SAL aims to improve the unemployment rate of Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon by providing loans to entrepreneurs in these communities.  The organization puts a special emphasis on youth entrepreneurs, and ensures that each young borrower is matched with a mentor to provide business development services and insight.  

You'll love them...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Need to read:
The amazing and heartbreaking untold story of the Bajau Laut.

 

A modern tyranny:
How America came to rely on the least delicious apple.

 

Progress over time:
Watch a decade of economic growth in Africa.

 

A moving perspective:...

Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

As the leaves change color, the air cools and farmers everywhere begin to gather their harvest, you know autumn has arrived in the U.S. In every culture, harvest season is regarded as a time of bounty and prosperity and is celebrated through holidays and festivals. This week, Kiva is celebrating farmers and all the hard work they do around the world by flash funding 500 farmers in 5 days! Join the effort by making a loan to a farmer.
 
One of the reasons farmers need our support is that their livelihoods are so unpredictable. Once the seeds are...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Amazing visual:
Real-time map of winds around the world.
 
Money market:
Ecuador may be set to be the first country to digitize its currency.
 
Reading corner:
5 essential reads on international development.
 
Summer's end:
One last dose of beach beauty before autumn rolls in.
 
Children are our future:...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva’s loans come in all shapes, sizes and languages. Lucky for us, there’s a team of hard working multilingual volunteers on Kiva’s Review and Translation (RTP) team who make it possible for us to get these loans onto the site!
 
Kiva partners operate in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian) and we rely on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and translate loans so they can be published to our site in English while preserving the original author’s voice and emotion. 

...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 SL Sierra Leone
Freetown, Sierra Leone


More than 3,000 cases and 1,550 deaths have been reported so far in the Ebola outbreak devastating West Africa. Two countries where Kiva works, Liberia and Sierra Leone, are among the hardest hit and have both declared a national state of emergency.
 
In addition to the devastating loss of life in affected communities, the epidemic is having a serious negative impact on local economies. Schools, markets, banks, and stores have been closed, and... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Thank you for making this an incredible first year for Kiva U, Kiva’s student and teacher program!

When Citi and Kiva launched the Kiva U initiative in September of 2013, we had no idea what to expect. We hoped that if we created and shared useful and compelling content and resources, we could help students and teachers learn about poverty, microfinance, entrepreneurship and sustainability. We hoped that if we built platforms and ways for passionate and informed people to connect, we could build a movement that could transform lives for entrepreneurs working...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Up and at 'em:
A pep talk from Kid President will change your perspective.
 
Bearer of good news:
John Green learns about Ethiopian baby names and their role as health indicators.
 
Tech tidbit:
Instagram announced Hyperlapse and it's a thing of beauty.
 
At the cinema:
Marty McFly's iconic puffy vest: red or orange? NPR delivers the verdict.
... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 ZA South Africa
At Kiva HQ we are passionate about travel, as are many Kiva lenders. We decided to crowd-source our best travel advice, starting with South Africa. For anyone who has visited South Africa this list will bring back some happy memories, and if you've never been this list might have you booking a ticket soon. Enjoy and please add your own recommendations in the comments!

To See:
1. Relive history and reflect on Nelson Mandela's legacy at Robben Island
2. Revel in the Kirstenbosch Gardens (called heaven on Earth and the most beautiful sight in the entire... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
ASA INITIATIVE
Ghana

Supporting Citrus Farmers and Greening the Environment

Who are they?
ASA Initiative is an MFI that provides loans for green energy and agriculture. They give green loans to entrepreneurs to sell clean energy cook stoves that run on waste materials produced by communities. Agricultural loans support citrus farmers in Ghana to expand their farms, hire labor, transport goods to the market, and ultimately increase their household income.  

You’ll love them if…... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Too astonishing to miss:
Photo mashups of San Francisco's 1906 earthquake and present-day.
 
Inspiring moment:
See how $25 is changing the world.
 
Beautiful world:
Sometimes the road less traveled is absolutely stunning.
 
Cute overload:
A Tinker Bell popsicle and the world's most exciting ginger ale.
 
The...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Here are the stories we've been emailing, tweeting and sharing around the office this week:

More prolific than Starbucks and McDonalds:
John Oliver reports on the shocking truth that 1 in 20 U.S. families has taken out a pay day loan.
 
Cutie alert:
Second day of school blues – we know that feeling, Buddy.
 
Humans of the world:
The human side of conflict as told by everyone's favorite NY photo-storyteller....
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 MM Myanmar

A bit about Myanmar…
Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in Asia, but it has seen major political and economic reforms in recent years that have many hopeful for a brighter future. For decades Myanmar was controlled by authoritative leadership that committed gross human rights violations. Myanmar’s people have lived through much oppression, but progress in this young democracy is being made to ensure human rights and develop transparency in governance. The next test of this will...

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Photography by Tim Chambers
I was a pastry chef before my years at Kiva, so I love to lend to bakers around the world. My Kiva portfolio is full of pictures of mouthwatering pastries made by a wide variety of culinary artists—a baker of Lebanese flatbreads (man’oushe), a cake decorator in Honduras, a gingerbread baker from New Orleans. One of my favorite loans was to Mamasharif in Tajikistan—don'... Continue Reading >>

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