Blog posts tagged with lending

Aug 8, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

These days, we are often bombarded about how technology harms more than help. Here are 5 links that we love, to remind us that technological innovation can be a good thing.

The 2018 iPhone Photography Awards: Amazing photos without the fancy camera

AI technology: How it could help protect water supplies

3D technology: How it's saving World Heritage Sites

... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Drive an hour north-west from Nairobi, Kenya, and you’ll come to the famous Hell’s Gate National Park and the beautiful town of Naivasha. This lakeside retreat was the setting for the first-ever Kiva Labs Innovation Conference, which brought together  nearly 100 leaders from Kiva’s African Field Partners.

Part of the larger Kiva Labs program, a 5-year initiative in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, the KLIC conference’s goal was to facilitate intra-organizational learning and innovation. 

...

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Sisters Theresa and Rebecca (now 15) show their Kiva pride

At the age of 6, Rebecca  was already intent on making the world a better place. She founded the lending team Westfield Youth for Kiva while still in elementary school, and then went on to found an affiliated Kiva Microfinance Club at her middle school. Her team has now funded $39,000 in loans, making it #6 on the list of Kiva’s highest lending youth teams. 

Today, Rebecca is 15 and vividly...

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Janice, has a passion for service and getting others jazzed about doing good. As the captain and founder of the Kiva lending team Women United, she successfully invited more than 50 friends and family to lend with her on Kiva and has helped grow the team to more than 700 members. 

Their focus? Empowering women through education, business and home improvement loans. 

“By focusing on girls and women, the Women United team can aid in spurring economic progress, expanding markets, and improving health and...

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

When we work together we can make monumental change, and Kiva lending teams are proof of this every day. Members of Kiva teams join forces to create impact, share loans they are passionate about and get competitive in the name of doing good.

In 2017 alone, 50% of loans made on Kiva were attributed to a team, with the top 10 teams lending $20.9 million to Kiva borrowers! So if you’d like to get more involved with Kiva and connect with other lenders, join one of our more than 35,000 lending teams today.

Check out some of Kiva’s...

Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Every year, 5th grade students in Rene deBerardinis’ social entrepreneurship class at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA, learn about microfinance through an experiential class project. The project gives students the opportunity to become both borrowers and lenders. First, students form product teams to create business plans for small venture ideas. Students receive microloans to purchase the supplies they need to implement their ideas, and pay back their loans with the sales they make at an annual Kiva-branded market. The profits from their sales...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

As the most-consumed beverage in the world, and the second most traded global commodity after oil, coffee is economically important on an international scale. Its production and sale generated nearly $50 billion worldwide in 2015, and that number has only gone up.

For coffee-producing countries, which are primarily in the developing world, profits from coffee export can account for a significant percent of GDP. Colombia is the second most-productive coffee producing country in the world after Brazil, but despite the role coffee plays in the economy, many of...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

The Kiva community is rallying to raise $1 million in loans for refugees and internally displaced people by World Refugee Day, June 20.

When Samira and her family fled the violence of the civil war in Syria for Lebanon, they thought they would be back in their own home within months, with enough time to get the kids enrolled in the next school session....

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

For the past half-century, Colombia has been in the middle of armed conflict. Waged mostly in rural areas and the remote towns and villages that dot the country’s borders, the war between government forces and armed opposition groups—led by Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, or FARC—has left thousands of fighters and civilians dead, and more than 7 million Colombian people displaced from their homes.

This latter population constitutes the second largest group of internally displaced people (IDPs) in a single country in the world, measuring only...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Walida, a Kiva borrower in Lebanon. Story by Catherine Cocke; Photos by Brandon Smith.

The Kiva community is rallying to raise $1 million in loans for refugees and internally displaced people by World Refugee Day, June 20.

It was a minute that changed everything: Walida and her family were taking cover in their home in Syria to shield themselves from the ongoing bombing and fighting in the streets. In the chaos, they did not realize...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Nour, a Kiva borrower in Lebanon. Story by Catherine Cocke; Photos by Brandon Smith.

The Kiva community is rallying to raise $1 million in loans for refugees and internally displaced people by World Refugee Day, June 20.

Perched on a hill in Lebanon overlooking rolling green farmland, sits a small apartment building shaded by grapevines growing over the front patio. It's quiet, with very few passing cars and only the sounds of birds...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

The Kiva community is rallying to raise $1 million in loans for refugees and internally displaced people by World Refugee Day, June 20.

Just off the Gihembe refugee camp’s main street is the community’s first carpenter. His name is Lubingo, and he owns Gisanga Family Carpentry with his wife and sons. 

The family is well known inside and outside Gihembe for their excellent woodworking, and their affordable furniture is found in many of the camp’s homes and businesses. But this wasn’t always the case,...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

The Kiva community is rallying to raise $1 million in loans for refugees and internally displaced people by World Refugee Day, June 20.

Samah and Ahlam are the kind of friends that scoop up each other’s children and sooth them without batting an eye, as if they are their own.

Samah and Ahlam are also successful business partners who have more than tripled their monthly income since starting a clothes resale venture together and taking out a Kiva loan to build their inventory.

 ... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Since opening her street corner bakery in Oakland, Calif., in late 2017, Reem Assil has been busy. Assil took out a $25,000 Kiva loan to invest in equipment and inventory for her first restaurant, Reem's California, which serves up Arab bread. It also acts as an anchor in the Fruitvale neighborhood, providing good jobs for those with barriers to employment, delicious nourishing food and a healthy dose of social justice. The restaurant has received glowing media attention and garnered awards across the country, including a Best Chef nod from the James Beard Foundation for Assil herself....

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

 

Most of the population on the Colombian Caribbean coast lives in poverty, and 17% lives in extreme poverty. There's little formal employment in the region, and many families make less than $3 per day. Coconut farming is one of the few economic opportunities available to Colombians living along this coast, but with yields contingent on weather patterns, it’s a tenuous occupation.

Coconut production also leaves communities with piles of unusable coconut shells, which if not disposed of properly can pose...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
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On April 22, the international community celebrated Earth Day. To commemorate the holiday at Kiva, we published 2 stories about loan types that go to populations grappling with global climate change. The first story concerned agricultural loans, while the other tackled loans for clean water and sanitation...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Throughout much of the world, food security and hunger are, in large part, environmental issues. And they are intractably tied; ending hunger will demand the international development of sustainable food production systems, as well as widespread adoption of resilient agricultural practices by farmers and food producers in the developing world.

It is crucial to recognize how climate change is affecting global agriculture, as well as the people who depend on local food production for their livelihoods and to meet nutritional needs.

For instance...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Access to clean water and sanitation have long been considered universal and basic human rights by much of the international community. In fact, the United Nations considers it a key part of its Sustainable Development Goals, a blueprint laid out in 2015 to mitigate the effects of human-caused climate change and improve the global populations’ overall quality of life by 2030.

In developed countries, it can be easy to forget that about 1 in 10 people on Earth lack access to clean water. Half of the people who today drink from contaminated water sources live...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva loves to celebrate its interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. Now past their mid-internship point, we sat down with a few of them to hear about their work and how their time at Kiva has impacted them thus far. Read below to hear how Kiva interns are working to become the next generation of social innovators.

Archer Kiang – Global Partnerships Team: Impact (SF)

What led you to Kiva? 

I wanted to get more experience in international development and wanted to go to grad school, and...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

In a matter of days, Kiva lenders backed a $10,000 Kiva loan to one of the best restaurants in the United States at the beginning of April. Philadelphia's El Compadre, formerly South Philly Barbacoa, has received national attention for years for their slow-cooked lamb tacos, but a recent wave of press and attention following the restaurant’s feature in a Netflix documentary hosted by celebrity chef David Chang pushed their current location to its standing-room limit, necessitating an expansion.

El Compadre founder Christina Martinez, who co-owns...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

It's been described as the most important meal of the day, and is eaten by champions of all stripes around the world. But what does breakfast look like in the places Kiva works? Our new series all about food around the world will bring you everything from bowls of porridge to plates of pastry in some of the different countries Kiva borrowers call home.

This month, we visit Vietnam, where the weather oscillates between insistent rain and confounding heat, to explore one of the most ubiquitous breakfast staples in a country where the cuisine shifts from south to north. That’...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva loves to celebrate its interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. Halfway through the internship cycle, we sat down with a few of them to hear about their work and how their time at Kiva has impacted them. Read below to hear what Kiva interns have to say about their experiences.

Olivia Cornfield – Kiva U Team (SF)


What led you to Kiva?

I studied cognitive science in college and was really interested in the idea of neuroplasticity, growth and how people can change and grow toward what they want...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
St. Louis-based entrepreneur Dawn Manske has successfully raised funds for Kiva loans on 3 separate occasions to expand her burgeoning clothing brand, Made for Freedom, whose mission is to provide women survivors of human trafficking employment opportunities, education and counseling.  

In addition to a feature on Made for Freedom, this week’s Links We Like all come from the intersection of art, fashion and social consciousness, and explore the deeper impact of the clothes we wear and see on the runway. Look through them below, and find Kiva borrowers raising funds for... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Nestled in the center of Peru is a lush valley region defined by 3 rivers, with a notorious reputation as ‘cocaine valley.’

Peru is the world’s largest producer of cocaine, and nearly 70% of the coca leaves used to produce the narcotic are grown in the valley region, known by the acronym VRAEM.

COOPAC Microfinanzas Prisma, a new Kiva Field Partner based in Lima, has 2 branches deep in the VRAEM region, serving some of the...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
 

On March 8, 2018, the world recognized International Women’s Day with strikes to highlight gender inequality in Spain, marches against violence in Manila and New Delhi, student protests in Beijing and action across Kabul, Paris, Buenos Aires and dozens of cities in the United States.

At Kiva, nearly 52,000 lenders from 62 countries raised funds for women borrowers in the days surrounding International Women's Day, totaling $6 million in Kiva loans that went to over 13,000 women. To celebrate, this week’s Links We Like are global snapshots...

Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with lending

Aug 8, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

These days, we are often bombarded about how technology harms more than help. Here are 5 links that we love, to remind us that technological innovation can be a good thing.

The 2018 iPhone Photography Awards: Amazing photos without the fancy camera

AI technology: How it could help protect water supplies

3D technology: How it's saving World Heritage Sites

... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Drive an hour north-west from Nairobi, Kenya, and you’ll come to the famous Hell’s Gate National Park and the beautiful town of Naivasha. This lakeside retreat was the setting for the first-ever Kiva Labs Innovation Conference, which brought together  nearly 100 leaders from Kiva’s African Field Partners.

Part of the larger Kiva Labs program, a 5-year initiative in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, the KLIC conference’s goal was to facilitate intra-organizational learning and innovation. 

...

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Sisters Theresa and Rebecca (now 15) show their Kiva pride

At the age of 6, Rebecca  was already intent on making the world a better place. She founded the lending team Westfield Youth for Kiva while still in elementary school, and then went on to found an affiliated Kiva Microfinance Club at her middle school. Her team has now funded $39,000 in loans, making it #6 on the list of Kiva’s highest lending youth teams. 

Today, Rebecca is 15 and vividly...

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Janice, has a passion for service and getting others jazzed about doing good. As the captain and founder of the Kiva lending team Women United, she successfully invited more than 50 friends and family to lend with her on Kiva and has helped grow the team to more than 700 members. 

Their focus? Empowering women through education, business and home improvement loans. 

“By focusing on girls and women, the Women United team can aid in spurring economic progress, expanding markets, and improving health and...

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

When we work together we can make monumental change, and Kiva lending teams are proof of this every day. Members of Kiva teams join forces to create impact, share loans they are passionate about and get competitive in the name of doing good.

In 2017 alone, 50% of loans made on Kiva were attributed to a team, with the top 10 teams lending $20.9 million to Kiva borrowers! So if you’d like to get more involved with Kiva and connect with other lenders, join one of our more than 35,000 lending teams today.

Check out some of Kiva’s...

Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Every year, 5th grade students in Rene deBerardinis’ social entrepreneurship class at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA, learn about microfinance through an experiential class project. The project gives students the opportunity to become both borrowers and lenders. First, students form product teams to create business plans for small venture ideas. Students receive microloans to purchase the supplies they need to implement their ideas, and pay back their loans with the sales they make at an annual Kiva-branded market. The profits from their sales...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

As the most-consumed beverage in the world, and the second most traded global commodity after oil, coffee is economically important on an international scale. Its production and sale generated nearly $50 billion worldwide in 2015, and that number has only gone up.

For coffee-producing countries, which are primarily in the developing world, profits from coffee export can account for a significant percent of GDP. Colombia is the second most-productive coffee producing country in the world after Brazil, but despite the role coffee plays in the economy, many of...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

The Kiva community is rallying to raise $1 million in loans for refugees and internally displaced people by World Refugee Day, June 20.

When Samira and her family fled the violence of the civil war in Syria for Lebanon, they thought they would be back in their own home within months, with enough time to get the kids enrolled in the next school session....

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

For the past half-century, Colombia has been in the middle of armed conflict. Waged mostly in rural areas and the remote towns and villages that dot the country’s borders, the war between government forces and armed opposition groups—led by Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, or FARC—has left thousands of fighters and civilians dead, and more than 7 million Colombian people displaced from their homes.

This latter population constitutes the second largest group of internally displaced people (IDPs) in a single country in the world, measuring only...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Walida, a Kiva borrower in Lebanon. Story by Catherine Cocke; Photos by Brandon Smith.

The Kiva community is rallying to raise $1 million in loans for refugees and internally displaced people by World Refugee Day, June 20.

It was a minute that changed everything: Walida and her family were taking cover in their home in Syria to shield themselves from the ongoing bombing and fighting in the streets. In the chaos, they did not realize...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Nour, a Kiva borrower in Lebanon. Story by Catherine Cocke; Photos by Brandon Smith.

The Kiva community is rallying to raise $1 million in loans for refugees and internally displaced people by World Refugee Day, June 20.

Perched on a hill in Lebanon overlooking rolling green farmland, sits a small apartment building shaded by grapevines growing over the front patio. It's quiet, with very few passing cars and only the sounds of birds...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

The Kiva community is rallying to raise $1 million in loans for refugees and internally displaced people by World Refugee Day, June 20.

Just off the Gihembe refugee camp’s main street is the community’s first carpenter. His name is Lubingo, and he owns Gisanga Family Carpentry with his wife and sons. 

The family is well known inside and outside Gihembe for their excellent woodworking, and their affordable furniture is found in many of the camp’s homes and businesses. But this wasn’t always the case,...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

The Kiva community is rallying to raise $1 million in loans for refugees and internally displaced people by World Refugee Day, June 20.

Samah and Ahlam are the kind of friends that scoop up each other’s children and sooth them without batting an eye, as if they are their own.

Samah and Ahlam are also successful business partners who have more than tripled their monthly income since starting a clothes resale venture together and taking out a Kiva loan to build their inventory.

 ... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Since opening her street corner bakery in Oakland, Calif., in late 2017, Reem Assil has been busy. Assil took out a $25,000 Kiva loan to invest in equipment and inventory for her first restaurant, Reem's California, which serves up Arab bread. It also acts as an anchor in the Fruitvale neighborhood, providing good jobs for those with barriers to employment, delicious nourishing food and a healthy dose of social justice. The restaurant has received glowing media attention and garnered awards across the country, including a Best Chef nod from the James Beard Foundation for Assil herself....

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

 

Most of the population on the Colombian Caribbean coast lives in poverty, and 17% lives in extreme poverty. There's little formal employment in the region, and many families make less than $3 per day. Coconut farming is one of the few economic opportunities available to Colombians living along this coast, but with yields contingent on weather patterns, it’s a tenuous occupation.

Coconut production also leaves communities with piles of unusable coconut shells, which if not disposed of properly can pose...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
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On April 22, the international community celebrated Earth Day. To commemorate the holiday at Kiva, we published 2 stories about loan types that go to populations grappling with global climate change. The first story concerned agricultural loans, while the other tackled loans for clean water and sanitation...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Throughout much of the world, food security and hunger are, in large part, environmental issues. And they are intractably tied; ending hunger will demand the international development of sustainable food production systems, as well as widespread adoption of resilient agricultural practices by farmers and food producers in the developing world.

It is crucial to recognize how climate change is affecting global agriculture, as well as the people who depend on local food production for their livelihoods and to meet nutritional needs.

For instance...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Access to clean water and sanitation have long been considered universal and basic human rights by much of the international community. In fact, the United Nations considers it a key part of its Sustainable Development Goals, a blueprint laid out in 2015 to mitigate the effects of human-caused climate change and improve the global populations’ overall quality of life by 2030.

In developed countries, it can be easy to forget that about 1 in 10 people on Earth lack access to clean water. Half of the people who today drink from contaminated water sources live...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva loves to celebrate its interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. Now past their mid-internship point, we sat down with a few of them to hear about their work and how their time at Kiva has impacted them thus far. Read below to hear how Kiva interns are working to become the next generation of social innovators.

Archer Kiang – Global Partnerships Team: Impact (SF)

What led you to Kiva? 

I wanted to get more experience in international development and wanted to go to grad school, and...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

In a matter of days, Kiva lenders backed a $10,000 Kiva loan to one of the best restaurants in the United States at the beginning of April. Philadelphia's El Compadre, formerly South Philly Barbacoa, has received national attention for years for their slow-cooked lamb tacos, but a recent wave of press and attention following the restaurant’s feature in a Netflix documentary hosted by celebrity chef David Chang pushed their current location to its standing-room limit, necessitating an expansion.

El Compadre founder Christina Martinez, who co-owns...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

It's been described as the most important meal of the day, and is eaten by champions of all stripes around the world. But what does breakfast look like in the places Kiva works? Our new series all about food around the world will bring you everything from bowls of porridge to plates of pastry in some of the different countries Kiva borrowers call home.

This month, we visit Vietnam, where the weather oscillates between insistent rain and confounding heat, to explore one of the most ubiquitous breakfast staples in a country where the cuisine shifts from south to north. That’...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva loves to celebrate its interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. Halfway through the internship cycle, we sat down with a few of them to hear about their work and how their time at Kiva has impacted them. Read below to hear what Kiva interns have to say about their experiences.

Olivia Cornfield – Kiva U Team (SF)


What led you to Kiva?

I studied cognitive science in college and was really interested in the idea of neuroplasticity, growth and how people can change and grow toward what they want...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
St. Louis-based entrepreneur Dawn Manske has successfully raised funds for Kiva loans on 3 separate occasions to expand her burgeoning clothing brand, Made for Freedom, whose mission is to provide women survivors of human trafficking employment opportunities, education and counseling.  

In addition to a feature on Made for Freedom, this week’s Links We Like all come from the intersection of art, fashion and social consciousness, and explore the deeper impact of the clothes we wear and see on the runway. Look through them below, and find Kiva borrowers raising funds for... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Nestled in the center of Peru is a lush valley region defined by 3 rivers, with a notorious reputation as ‘cocaine valley.’

Peru is the world’s largest producer of cocaine, and nearly 70% of the coca leaves used to produce the narcotic are grown in the valley region, known by the acronym VRAEM.

COOPAC Microfinanzas Prisma, a new Kiva Field Partner based in Lima, has 2 branches deep in the VRAEM region, serving some of the...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
 

On March 8, 2018, the world recognized International Women’s Day with strikes to highlight gender inequality in Spain, marches against violence in Manila and New Delhi, student protests in Beijing and action across Kabul, Paris, Buenos Aires and dozens of cities in the United States.

At Kiva, nearly 52,000 lenders from 62 countries raised funds for women borrowers in the days surrounding International Women's Day, totaling $6 million in Kiva loans that went to over 13,000 women. To celebrate, this week’s Links We Like are global snapshots...

Continue Reading >>

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