Blog posts tagged with kiva

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 >>
May 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
It’s been a whirlwind week here in the office as we welcomed our 24th class of Kiva Fellows to HQ. They converged from eight countries for five days of intensive training with our staff before they head out to work directly with our field partners later next week. 
 
Kiva relies on the efforts of tremendous volunteers, including our fellows, to ensure our lenders’ capital gets to the people who need it to improve their business, families and communities. 
 
During their fellowship, Kiva Fellows help set up and...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
One of the best parts of my job is talking with lenders – it’s a chance to understand what works well and where improvements are needed. We recently conducted a series of interviews and tested a couple of prototypes in connection with an initiative aimed at improving the way lenders find loans on Kiva. While no two lenders are the same, we wanted to share a few common patterns we've observed when it comes to how and why people use Kiva.
 
First a caveat: there is no right or wrong way to lend. Everybody has different values, feelings about risk and...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
As I take a moment to reflect after my whirlwind tour of the United States over the past two months to celebrate and promote April’s Month of Microfinance, I’m blown away by the students I encountered. The young people I met were exceptional and endlessly inspiring; already making commitments, designing projects and taking action to change our world for the better.
 
Projects included a mobile phone app that makes ultrasounds accessible and affordable in rural Africa. It wasn’t created by a tech company or financed by a millionaire. It was created by...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2014 BO Bolivia, IN India, KE Kenya, UG Uganda, US United States
It has already been 4 months since our 23rd class of Kiva Fellows left our HQ in San Francisco and headed to work directly with our partners and borrowers in the field! Over that time, they’ve shared some inspiring experiences and captured quite a few incredible snapshots. We’ve compiled some of our favorites that will help give a glimpse into what four months in the life of a Kiva Fellow really looks like.

Zach Land-Miller sees two young boys walking home from school on a...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2014 IQ Iraq

Nazira, an Iraqi widow and persistent entrepreneur, embodies the term ‘self-made.’


After...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
window.location.href = 'http://www.kiva.org/videos/moms-7-reasons-youre-incredible';
We could go on and on about the wonderful ways moms impact our lives! Check out 7 of our favorites, contributed by Kiva community members here> Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
“It’s both a challenge and a thrill to be able to work with different people, with different cultures and education levels, in different time zones, from all over the world. It is an opportunity that is hard to come by and I have loved it.” – Team Leader Jamie 

Have you ever wondered how so many loans are posted to Kiva.org? Would you like the opportunity to use your professional skills to impact the lives of Kiva borrowers? You could join Kiva to lead a team of volunteer...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Somedays 3:00 pm hits and I feel like a physical wall has dropped down on me; eager to get my blood sugar back up I head to Kiva's kitchen and grab a nutrition bar to help get me through the rest of the day, but not this week
 
This week, a team of Kivans and myself are participating in Live Below the Line (LBL), an annual event where participants live on $1.50 for food and drink each day for five days to raise awareness for extreme poverty. With 1.2 billion people still living below the global poverty line it's an...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 NI Nicaragua

At Kiva, we believe in treating everyday like it’s Earth Day, which is why we’re especially proud of the green loans that fund through Kiva. These green loans are for individuals and small businesses that are reducing energy expenditures, minimizing waste and pollution, recycling, or repurposing used materials.


... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Meg Gray and Jennifer Bi also contributed to this report.

In March, we introduced you to Jorgelyn Palima and Gerilina Ybanez, two Filipino women who used loans to rebuild after the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan.

The typhoon swept away Jorgelyn’s sari-sari business and home, leaving her living in a shelter made of salvaged materials. With the help of Kiva’s Field Partner in Ormoc, NWTF, Jorgelyn received materials such as coco lumber and gypsum board to reconstruct her home. 



... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Updated April 9, 2014 

On April 7, an internet-wide security vulnerability was reported for OpenSSL, the software used to encrypt web communications on the majority of e-commerce sites.  You can find out more about this bug, called
Heartbleed, at the Wall Street Journal, CNET and the Guardian...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Each day when you visit Kiva’s site there are thousands of loans ready and waiting to be funded, but how do they get there? Money doesn’t grow on trees and neither do translated loans. 
 
Kiva relies on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and translate loans that come in from our partners in one of the five key Kiva languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian). 
 
We are so incredibly grateful to these talented volunteers, who are vital to Kiva’s mission to alleviate poverty. We...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 MR Mauritania
Investisseurs & Partenaires, Kiva’s new France-based partner fundraising loans in Mauritania, is on a mission to promote a new generation of socially-conscious entrepreneurs in Africa.

Along the way, I&P is carving out a unique niche for itself in the world of small and medium enterprise loans. The investment group will only work with African businesses that have a record of outstanding social and environmental impact.  It also requires businesses meet a set of strict criteria, including no use of child labor, implementing anti-discrimination policies, managing... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
A few weeks ago Kiva participated in a UX Boot Camp with Cooper, a design strategy firm based in San Francisco. This was an opportunity to gather a group of talented technology professionals together and have them put a fresh set of eyes on one of the challenges Kiva has observed over the past year.
 

The Boot Camp centered around the experience of choosing loans to support on Kiva. The task of selecting one or two people out of the thousands of borrowers that are fundraising on Kiva can be daunting. Deciding where your limited money...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Meet Otis. He’s a happy guy who loves helping others and has been saving up his milk bones to make a loan on Kiva. We’re going to follow along as he gets acquainted with a new feature that can help him find loans he loves!

Time to start! First things first, the Kiva Lend page. Just need to find a borrower to fund, easy as peanut butter pie. 
 
 
1,838 loans to choose from! That sure does give a dog a lot of options - how to find someone I...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
The Kiva community is filled with changemakers with inspiring stories to tell. We were able to catch up with one such enthusiastic and accomplished young student, who has put her passion for microfinance into practice through the club she leads at her school in Teterboro, New Jersey. 
 
Sam, currently a senior at Bergen Tech High School, was an attendee at the Kiva U Summit this past fall in San Francisco. Like many, she left energized to find creative way to use microfinance to help others around the world, and is already walking the talk....
Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with kiva

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 >>
May 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
By Aurora Lee
It’s been a whirlwind week here in the office as we welcomed our 24th class of Kiva Fellows to HQ. They converged from eight countries for five days of intensive training with our staff before they head out to work directly with our field partners later next week. 
 
Kiva relies on the efforts of tremendous volunteers, including our fellows, to ensure our lenders’ capital gets to the people who need it to improve their business, families and communities. 
 
During their fellowship, Kiva Fellows help set up and...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
One of the best parts of my job is talking with lenders – it’s a chance to understand what works well and where improvements are needed. We recently conducted a series of interviews and tested a couple of prototypes in connection with an initiative aimed at improving the way lenders find loans on Kiva. While no two lenders are the same, we wanted to share a few common patterns we've observed when it comes to how and why people use Kiva.
 
First a caveat: there is no right or wrong way to lend. Everybody has different values, feelings about risk and...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
As I take a moment to reflect after my whirlwind tour of the United States over the past two months to celebrate and promote April’s Month of Microfinance, I’m blown away by the students I encountered. The young people I met were exceptional and endlessly inspiring; already making commitments, designing projects and taking action to change our world for the better.
 
Projects included a mobile phone app that makes ultrasounds accessible and affordable in rural Africa. It wasn’t created by a tech company or financed by a millionaire. It was created by...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2014 BO Bolivia, IN India, KE Kenya, UG Uganda, US United States
By Aurora Lee
It has already been 4 months since our 23rd class of Kiva Fellows left our HQ in San Francisco and headed to work directly with our partners and borrowers in the field! Over that time, they’ve shared some inspiring experiences and captured quite a few incredible snapshots. We’ve compiled some of our favorites that will help give a glimpse into what four months in the life of a Kiva Fellow really looks like.

Zach Land-Miller sees two young boys walking home from school on a...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2014 IQ Iraq

Nazira, an Iraqi widow and persistent entrepreneur, embodies the term ‘self-made.’


After...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
window.location.href = 'http://www.kiva.org/videos/moms-7-reasons-youre-incredible';
We could go on and on about the wonderful ways moms impact our lives! Check out 7 of our favorites, contributed by Kiva community members here> Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
“It’s both a challenge and a thrill to be able to work with different people, with different cultures and education levels, in different time zones, from all over the world. It is an opportunity that is hard to come by and I have loved it.” – Team Leader Jamie 

Have you ever wondered how so many loans are posted to Kiva.org? Would you like the opportunity to use your professional skills to impact the lives of Kiva borrowers? You could join Kiva to lead a team of volunteer...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Somedays 3:00 pm hits and I feel like a physical wall has dropped down on me; eager to get my blood sugar back up I head to Kiva's kitchen and grab a nutrition bar to help get me through the rest of the day, but not this week
 
This week, a team of Kivans and myself are participating in Live Below the Line (LBL), an annual event where participants live on $1.50 for food and drink each day for five days to raise awareness for extreme poverty. With 1.2 billion people still living below the global poverty line it's an...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 NI Nicaragua

At Kiva, we believe in treating everyday like it’s Earth Day, which is why we’re especially proud of the green loans that fund through Kiva. These green loans are for individuals and small businesses that are reducing energy expenditures, minimizing waste and pollution, recycling, or repurposing used materials.


... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Meg Gray and Jennifer Bi also contributed to this report.

In March, we introduced you to Jorgelyn Palima and Gerilina Ybanez, two Filipino women who used loans to rebuild after the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan.

The typhoon swept away Jorgelyn’s sari-sari business and home, leaving her living in a shelter made of salvaged materials. With the help of Kiva’s Field Partner in Ormoc, NWTF, Jorgelyn received materials such as coco lumber and gypsum board to reconstruct her home. 



... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Updated April 9, 2014 

On April 7, an internet-wide security vulnerability was reported for OpenSSL, the software used to encrypt web communications on the majority of e-commerce sites.  You can find out more about this bug, called
Heartbleed, at the Wall Street Journal, CNET and the Guardian...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Each day when you visit Kiva’s site there are thousands of loans ready and waiting to be funded, but how do they get there? Money doesn’t grow on trees and neither do translated loans. 
 
Kiva relies on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and translate loans that come in from our partners in one of the five key Kiva languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian). 
 
We are so incredibly grateful to these talented volunteers, who are vital to Kiva’s mission to alleviate poverty. We...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 MR Mauritania
Investisseurs & Partenaires, Kiva’s new France-based partner fundraising loans in Mauritania, is on a mission to promote a new generation of socially-conscious entrepreneurs in Africa.

Along the way, I&P is carving out a unique niche for itself in the world of small and medium enterprise loans. The investment group will only work with African businesses that have a record of outstanding social and environmental impact.  It also requires businesses meet a set of strict criteria, including no use of child labor, implementing anti-discrimination policies, managing... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
A few weeks ago Kiva participated in a UX Boot Camp with Cooper, a design strategy firm based in San Francisco. This was an opportunity to gather a group of talented technology professionals together and have them put a fresh set of eyes on one of the challenges Kiva has observed over the past year.
 

The Boot Camp centered around the experience of choosing loans to support on Kiva. The task of selecting one or two people out of the thousands of borrowers that are fundraising on Kiva can be daunting. Deciding where your limited money...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Meet Otis. He’s a happy guy who loves helping others and has been saving up his milk bones to make a loan on Kiva. We’re going to follow along as he gets acquainted with a new feature that can help him find loans he loves!

Time to start! First things first, the Kiva Lend page. Just need to find a borrower to fund, easy as peanut butter pie. 
 
 
1,838 loans to choose from! That sure does give a dog a lot of options - how to find someone I...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
The Kiva community is filled with changemakers with inspiring stories to tell. We were able to catch up with one such enthusiastic and accomplished young student, who has put her passion for microfinance into practice through the club she leads at her school in Teterboro, New Jersey. 
 
Sam, currently a senior at Bergen Tech High School, was an attendee at the Kiva U Summit this past fall in San Francisco. Like many, she left energized to find creative way to use microfinance to help others around the world, and is already walking the talk....
Continue Reading >>

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