Blog posts tagged with kiva

Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
By Hania Abu-Eid, Kiva's communications manager, and Lev Plaves, Kiva's portfolio associate for the Middle East and South Asia

As vivid photos, videos and narratives of unimaginable destruction, death, loss and despair flash on our television, computer and cell phone screens it’s hard not to be confronted with the suffering of  members of our human family. From Palestine and Israel to Iraq, Syria, Congo, Ukraine and so... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
#WeBelieve:
8 tenets at the heart of Kiva
 
Time machine:
Take a trip down memory lane to when "Are you finding that the Internet is a big thing?" was an actual question.
 
Guaranteed laughs:
Clever couple finds the best way to announce their expecting.
 
The universe is amazing:
The most super super-moon ever is coming to a night sky near you.
...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
The gap between the rich and poor in Colombia is one of largest in the world —and more than a third of Colombia’s population lives below the poverty line.
 
It’s in this environment that Kiva’s Field Partner of 3.5 years Interactuar is operating, helping entrepreneurs make their businesses a reality, and helping them learn the skills that will help them grow.
 
Interactuar works in the department of Antioquia, Colombia, where the average yearly income of residents is a meager $6,070. The organization strives to reduce unemployment and create sustainable... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 LB Lebanon, PS Palestinian Territory, YE Yemen
The observance of Ramadan falls on the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and this year began on June 28 and went through July 28. Traditionally, Muslims fast during Ramadan to ‘purify’ their minds so they can better focus on self-reflection and prayer. This leads to a greater understanding of others and the month is known as a time for giving and increased acts of charity. 
 
As the world marks Ramadan, we are taking the opportunity to shine a light on the tireless work of our partners in the Middle East, working hard to create opportunity and a...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Check out the latest Kiva photo story! This time Tiffany Vlaanderen, a Kiva Fellow in Nairobi, takes us inside an artisan workshop where hand-crafted works sold all over the world originate.

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Don't miss out on what's hot at Kiva HQ this week:
 
Guaranteed smiles:
Cacao farmers taste chocolate for the first time.
 
Food for thought:
A food artist's snack-tacular tour of Europe
 
Digital development:
Non-profit backed by Facebook brings free internet access to Zambia
 
For your toolbox:
Everything you ever needed to know...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

We are constantly inspired by the Kiva community–a community that includes more than 2.5 million lenders and borrowers around the globe. Together, we are bound by our vision of a more connected, compassionate world. In celebration of this vision at the heart of Kiva’s work, we’re telling the world what #WeBelieve this week. Will you join us? Share your favorite #WeBelieve message below, and tell us what drive you to be part of Kiva in the comments!
 
          ...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Our staff's must-reads of the week:

Captain Planet recommends:
They may not be pretty, but these unusual fruits and veggies are taking a bite out of food waste
 
Stop and smell the roses:
Life is about the journey, this algorithm finds the most beautiful route across a city
 
Gadgets we can't wait for:
In the future, umbrellas tell you when it will rain
 
Brain food:...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva is now on Exposure.co, a cool new platform for visual storytelling that will help us share Kiva adventures and experiences from all over the world. Our very first post is from Sierra Leone and takes you inside "Kiva Magic," that special moment when Kiva borrowers get to see their Kiva profiles, and the many lenders who believe in them around the globe. Check it out!
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Here's what we are reading (and occasionally obsessing about) at HQ this week:

Must read of the week:
For the price of a single Tomahawk cruise missile, it’s possible to build about 20 schools.
 
Smarties making moves:
Meet the NASA engineer who invented the Super Soaker. That's right: NASA.
 
Reliving the glory:
2014 World Cup Quiz, in case you're going through withdrawal just like us.
 
...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Logging onto kiva.org is both exciting (wow look at all these borrowers!) and a bit overwhelming (wow, look at all these borrowers.) It can be hard to know where to start, but choosing a Field Partner that shares your values and priorities is a good way to narrow down your search and start lending.

Kiva partners with 264 organizations worldwide. When you lend to a borrower on kiva.org, the funds are given to Kiva’s Field Partners, who are responsible for disbursing the loans and collecting repayments. Field Partners do important work and it’s your funding... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


The Kiva community helped make history on July 10 — more than 25,000 Kiva lenders sent $2.9 million to the field, helping make a difference in 56 countries!
 
$1 Million Match Day was made possible by a troupe of generous donors like Google, Grameen-Jameel and Richard Brindle, who matched loans to borrowers across Kiva and Kiva Zip. So for example, when a Kiva lender gave a $50 loan, it was matched and the Kiva borrower was $100 closer to their goal.
 
We’re so excited you created such a tremendous impact...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
We can’t wait for someone else to change the world. It’s our turn now. Kiva is teaming up with three new partners who create opportunity for all the the hard-working students, helpful neighbors, and independent women out there. These partners create the real changes we need to have a better world!

Check out Kiva’s amazing new partners in Africa:

LIVING GOODS
Kenya and Uganda

Delivers Clean Cook Stoves, Water Filters, and Solar Energy

Who are they?
Living Goods is a non-...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
If you’re from the United States or live in the States, you’re likely gearing up to celebrate the Fourth of July tomorrow. After the fireworks are set off and the meat is on the BBQ, it’ll be time to reflect on what this holiday means for Americans. As many know, the day memorializes the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, over two hundred years ago. Today, and every day at Kiva, we celebrate the freedom and independence of our borrowers and their pursuit of the ‘American Dream.’ The ‘American Dream’ is actually a universal dream, that anyone-regardless of gender, race, social... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
We’re thrilled to announce an innovative partnership between Kiva Labs, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Google.org and two Kiva Field Partners to evaluate the effect of product design changes on the welfare of micro-entrepreneurs and on the viability of microfinance institutions.
 
Through this study, Kiva aims to push the boundaries of microfinance by helping its MFI partners provide the poor with more affordable, more flexible credit. Simultaneously, IPA will conduct a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Women and youth in the Middle East are pushing boundaries, creating their own opportunities and taking control of their futures. They are the seeds of positive change and you can be a part of their stories through the new Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd. and Kiva campaign, “Change is in Your Hands.”

The campaign allows people around the world to go on Kiva and, with as little as a $25, offer a helping hand to entrepreneurs in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen and Turkey.  For a limited time, through the generosity of Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd., new... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 BR Brazil
As thousands of soccer fans celebrate and cheer on their teams in Brazil, let’s also consider the people who play out their lives, day in and day out, in the country taking center stage this summer. At Kiva the spotlight is on Banco Pérola, a non-profit that offers microloans to youth entrepreneurs, ages 18-35 years old, from low-income families in Brazil.

Banco Pérola operates a lot differently than your average bank. Walking alone into a big, cold bank as a young entrepreneur, while carrying deep-seated fear of rejection, is nerve-racking to say the least.  Banco Pérola... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Dear Kiva Community,

After 10 years leading Kiva, I have decided to step down as CEO. First off, I want to express my utmost respect and gratitude to all of you. You’ve not only brought Kiva to life, but you've also brought so much meaning and inspiration to my own life. After many ongoing conversations, I've decided it's time to embark on a new chapter.

Personal life changes (e.g. family health issues, getting married next month!) make this the right time to pause and reflect on life outside of Kiva.  I also consider myself more of an inventor than a manager. A... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 HT Haiti

A Zafèn entrepreneur hard at work. Photo courtesy Zafen.org

Zafèn, Haiti’s loan crowdfunding platform backed by the Fonkoze Foundation, has joined forces with Kiva to expand its crowdfunding reach and to distribute more loans to more Haitian entrepreneurs.

Zafèn was established in 2010, just months after a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, and provides low cost loans to small and growing businesses contributing to... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
A desire for innovation and change fills the hearts of both Kiva lenders and borrowers. As part of Kiva’s work to make microfinance as innovative and impactful as possible, Kiva is excited to announce  new partnerships with Indigenous Designs, Village Infrastructure, and Fledge. Unlike traditional microfinance institutions, these organizations offer unique services to individuals, communities, and companies who need it most.

Indigenous Designs
Peru

Who are they? Indigenous Designs is an organic and fair... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 HT Haiti

In 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake that weakened the economy and left half the population without employment. More than four years later, Haiti continues to rebuild and jobs remain scarce.

Now you can play a role in creating sustainable, long-term recovery in Haiti through Kiva.

Kiva and Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus are teaming up with Kreyòl Essence, a social business, to create hundreds of long-term, quality jobs for Haitian women and small shareholder farmers through a record-breaking Kiva loan. Learn more about the loan in the video below:... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Kiva fathers show their dedication to family each day through their hard work and love. This Father’s Day we wanted to highlight three Kiva dads committed to making life better for their families.


...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 UG Uganda
It's World Cup time and Kiva isn't immune to the excitement as people around the globe pour themselves into the jubulance of the tournament. Soccer is a uniting force in communities that often appear to be vastly different (different regions, different languages, diffferent cultures) and over the course of the tournament we'll be sharing about the role soccer plays across Kiva's diverse communities.


In Uganda, an east African country the size of Minnesota, there are 41 different languages. However, the most valuable language in which I’m fluent is not actually...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 GH Ghana, IN India, NI Nicaragua
Imagine a world where you make a loan on Kiva, our Field Partners distribute that loan to the most vulnerable communities, and then take the next step to address other holistic needs of the community, like health and access to financial education.
 
Luckily we don’t have to imagine it. Because when you support someone on Kiva, you’re offering more than financial capital. You’re offering vital services that create lasting change in the lives of the borrower and, not only help alleviate poverty, but help them to stay out of it. 
 ...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
It’s hard to stand stock still at a concert when the crowd around you is enthusiastically jumping around. Eventually your traitorous foot will start tapping out a beat and before you know it you’re proving Gloria Estefan right-- the rhythm is, in fact, going to get you.
 
Our peers influence our actions each and everyday in a similar manner, often times giving us that extra push we need to explore and experience life to the fullest.
 
Community is a driving factor in many of our lives and Kiva recognizes and...
Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with kiva

Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
By Hania Abu-Eid, Kiva's communications manager, and Lev Plaves, Kiva's portfolio associate for the Middle East and South Asia

As vivid photos, videos and narratives of unimaginable destruction, death, loss and despair flash on our television, computer and cell phone screens it’s hard not to be confronted with the suffering of  members of our human family. From Palestine and Israel to Iraq, Syria, Congo, Ukraine and so... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
#WeBelieve:
8 tenets at the heart of Kiva
 
Time machine:
Take a trip down memory lane to when "Are you finding that the Internet is a big thing?" was an actual question.
 
Guaranteed laughs:
Clever couple finds the best way to announce their expecting.
 
The universe is amazing:
The most super super-moon ever is coming to a night sky near you.
...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
The gap between the rich and poor in Colombia is one of largest in the world —and more than a third of Colombia’s population lives below the poverty line.
 
It’s in this environment that Kiva’s Field Partner of 3.5 years Interactuar is operating, helping entrepreneurs make their businesses a reality, and helping them learn the skills that will help them grow.
 
Interactuar works in the department of Antioquia, Colombia, where the average yearly income of residents is a meager $6,070. The organization strives to reduce unemployment and create sustainable... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 LB Lebanon, PS Palestinian Territory, YE Yemen
The observance of Ramadan falls on the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and this year began on June 28 and went through July 28. Traditionally, Muslims fast during Ramadan to ‘purify’ their minds so they can better focus on self-reflection and prayer. This leads to a greater understanding of others and the month is known as a time for giving and increased acts of charity. 
 
As the world marks Ramadan, we are taking the opportunity to shine a light on the tireless work of our partners in the Middle East, working hard to create opportunity and a...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Check out the latest Kiva photo story! This time Tiffany Vlaanderen, a Kiva Fellow in Nairobi, takes us inside an artisan workshop where hand-crafted works sold all over the world originate.

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Don't miss out on what's hot at Kiva HQ this week:
 
Guaranteed smiles:
Cacao farmers taste chocolate for the first time.
 
Food for thought:
A food artist's snack-tacular tour of Europe
 
Digital development:
Non-profit backed by Facebook brings free internet access to Zambia
 
For your toolbox:
Everything you ever needed to know...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

We are constantly inspired by the Kiva community–a community that includes more than 2.5 million lenders and borrowers around the globe. Together, we are bound by our vision of a more connected, compassionate world. In celebration of this vision at the heart of Kiva’s work, we’re telling the world what #WeBelieve this week. Will you join us? Share your favorite #WeBelieve message below, and tell us what drive you to be part of Kiva in the comments!
 
          ...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Our staff's must-reads of the week:

Captain Planet recommends:
They may not be pretty, but these unusual fruits and veggies are taking a bite out of food waste
 
Stop and smell the roses:
Life is about the journey, this algorithm finds the most beautiful route across a city
 
Gadgets we can't wait for:
In the future, umbrellas tell you when it will rain
 
Brain food:...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva is now on Exposure.co, a cool new platform for visual storytelling that will help us share Kiva adventures and experiences from all over the world. Our very first post is from Sierra Leone and takes you inside "Kiva Magic," that special moment when Kiva borrowers get to see their Kiva profiles, and the many lenders who believe in them around the globe. Check it out!
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Here's what we are reading (and occasionally obsessing about) at HQ this week:

Must read of the week:
For the price of a single Tomahawk cruise missile, it’s possible to build about 20 schools.
 
Smarties making moves:
Meet the NASA engineer who invented the Super Soaker. That's right: NASA.
 
Reliving the glory:
2014 World Cup Quiz, in case you're going through withdrawal just like us.
 
...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Logging onto kiva.org is both exciting (wow look at all these borrowers!) and a bit overwhelming (wow, look at all these borrowers.) It can be hard to know where to start, but choosing a Field Partner that shares your values and priorities is a good way to narrow down your search and start lending.

Kiva partners with 264 organizations worldwide. When you lend to a borrower on kiva.org, the funds are given to Kiva’s Field Partners, who are responsible for disbursing the loans and collecting repayments. Field Partners do important work and it’s your funding... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


The Kiva community helped make history on July 10 — more than 25,000 Kiva lenders sent $2.9 million to the field, helping make a difference in 56 countries!
 
$1 Million Match Day was made possible by a troupe of generous donors like Google, Grameen-Jameel and Richard Brindle, who matched loans to borrowers across Kiva and Kiva Zip. So for example, when a Kiva lender gave a $50 loan, it was matched and the Kiva borrower was $100 closer to their goal.
 
We’re so excited you created such a tremendous impact...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
We can’t wait for someone else to change the world. It’s our turn now. Kiva is teaming up with three new partners who create opportunity for all the the hard-working students, helpful neighbors, and independent women out there. These partners create the real changes we need to have a better world!

Check out Kiva’s amazing new partners in Africa:

LIVING GOODS
Kenya and Uganda

Delivers Clean Cook Stoves, Water Filters, and Solar Energy

Who are they?
Living Goods is a non-...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
If you’re from the United States or live in the States, you’re likely gearing up to celebrate the Fourth of July tomorrow. After the fireworks are set off and the meat is on the BBQ, it’ll be time to reflect on what this holiday means for Americans. As many know, the day memorializes the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, over two hundred years ago. Today, and every day at Kiva, we celebrate the freedom and independence of our borrowers and their pursuit of the ‘American Dream.’ The ‘American Dream’ is actually a universal dream, that anyone-regardless of gender, race, social... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
We’re thrilled to announce an innovative partnership between Kiva Labs, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Google.org and two Kiva Field Partners to evaluate the effect of product design changes on the welfare of micro-entrepreneurs and on the viability of microfinance institutions.
 
Through this study, Kiva aims to push the boundaries of microfinance by helping its MFI partners provide the poor with more affordable, more flexible credit. Simultaneously, IPA will conduct a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Women and youth in the Middle East are pushing boundaries, creating their own opportunities and taking control of their futures. They are the seeds of positive change and you can be a part of their stories through the new Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd. and Kiva campaign, “Change is in Your Hands.”

The campaign allows people around the world to go on Kiva and, with as little as a $25, offer a helping hand to entrepreneurs in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen and Turkey.  For a limited time, through the generosity of Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd., new... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 BR Brazil
As thousands of soccer fans celebrate and cheer on their teams in Brazil, let’s also consider the people who play out their lives, day in and day out, in the country taking center stage this summer. At Kiva the spotlight is on Banco Pérola, a non-profit that offers microloans to youth entrepreneurs, ages 18-35 years old, from low-income families in Brazil.

Banco Pérola operates a lot differently than your average bank. Walking alone into a big, cold bank as a young entrepreneur, while carrying deep-seated fear of rejection, is nerve-racking to say the least.  Banco Pérola... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Dear Kiva Community,

After 10 years leading Kiva, I have decided to step down as CEO. First off, I want to express my utmost respect and gratitude to all of you. You’ve not only brought Kiva to life, but you've also brought so much meaning and inspiration to my own life. After many ongoing conversations, I've decided it's time to embark on a new chapter.

Personal life changes (e.g. family health issues, getting married next month!) make this the right time to pause and reflect on life outside of Kiva.  I also consider myself more of an inventor than a manager. A... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 HT Haiti

A Zafèn entrepreneur hard at work. Photo courtesy Zafen.org

Zafèn, Haiti’s loan crowdfunding platform backed by the Fonkoze Foundation, has joined forces with Kiva to expand its crowdfunding reach and to distribute more loans to more Haitian entrepreneurs.

Zafèn was established in 2010, just months after a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, and provides low cost loans to small and growing businesses contributing to... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
A desire for innovation and change fills the hearts of both Kiva lenders and borrowers. As part of Kiva’s work to make microfinance as innovative and impactful as possible, Kiva is excited to announce  new partnerships with Indigenous Designs, Village Infrastructure, and Fledge. Unlike traditional microfinance institutions, these organizations offer unique services to individuals, communities, and companies who need it most.

Indigenous Designs
Peru

Who are they? Indigenous Designs is an organic and fair... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 HT Haiti

In 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake that weakened the economy and left half the population without employment. More than four years later, Haiti continues to rebuild and jobs remain scarce.

Now you can play a role in creating sustainable, long-term recovery in Haiti through Kiva.

Kiva and Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus are teaming up with Kreyòl Essence, a social business, to create hundreds of long-term, quality jobs for Haitian women and small shareholder farmers through a record-breaking Kiva loan. Learn more about the loan in the video below:... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Kiva fathers show their dedication to family each day through their hard work and love. This Father’s Day we wanted to highlight three Kiva dads committed to making life better for their families.


...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 UG Uganda
It's World Cup time and Kiva isn't immune to the excitement as people around the globe pour themselves into the jubulance of the tournament. Soccer is a uniting force in communities that often appear to be vastly different (different regions, different languages, diffferent cultures) and over the course of the tournament we'll be sharing about the role soccer plays across Kiva's diverse communities.


In Uganda, an east African country the size of Minnesota, there are 41 different languages. However, the most valuable language in which I’m fluent is not actually...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 GH Ghana, IN India, NI Nicaragua
Imagine a world where you make a loan on Kiva, our Field Partners distribute that loan to the most vulnerable communities, and then take the next step to address other holistic needs of the community, like health and access to financial education.
 
Luckily we don’t have to imagine it. Because when you support someone on Kiva, you’re offering more than financial capital. You’re offering vital services that create lasting change in the lives of the borrower and, not only help alleviate poverty, but help them to stay out of it. 
 ...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
It’s hard to stand stock still at a concert when the crowd around you is enthusiastically jumping around. Eventually your traitorous foot will start tapping out a beat and before you know it you’re proving Gloria Estefan right-- the rhythm is, in fact, going to get you.
 
Our peers influence our actions each and everyday in a similar manner, often times giving us that extra push we need to explore and experience life to the fullest.
 
Community is a driving factor in many of our lives and Kiva recognizes and...
Continue Reading >>

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