Blog posts tagged with lending

Jul 7, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
We’re excited to announce Kiva won the Operational Effectiveness category in the Wall Street Journal’s Financial Inclusion Challenge! The Financial Inclusion Challenge is part of an on-going project for the WSJ called Financing the Future. We’re so excited to be recognized as a leader in financial inclusion and can’t wait to impact more lives through the power of lending....
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Take us there: Don't like crowds? Check out these under-the-radar destinations.
http://www.businessinsider.com/us-destinations-that-tourists-havent-discovered-2015-6?op=1
 
Tiger adventure: Little boy's lost toy gets a tour of Tampa.
http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/news-photo-gallery/boy-misplaced-stuffed-tiger-goes-on-big-...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Our 27th Kiva Fellow class has been in the field for a few weeks now and we’re excited to share a few of their sights and experiences getting settled into the new countries, new homes and new assignments. We asked our fellows, “What made you smile this week?” and here are some responses:


Carly Schwartz | Mexico City, Mexico
“Two guys ran into the middle of the largest, busiest thoroughfare, Avenida de los Insurgentes in Mexico City, to perform and solicit donations every time there’s a red light.”


Supharin Chatt | Bay Area, United States
“... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
This week, I'm visiting Kiva partners in Colombia with my dad. It's the first time in my 10 years at Kiva that I've been able to take my dad to visit Kiva borrowers in the field. He's been my biggest cheerleader, believed in our dream before many others did and was also one of Kiva's first donors in 2005!
Dad and me visiting Kiva partner Interactuar in Colombia this week 

It's been an amazing trip. So in the spirit of those celebrating Father's Day in more than 75 countries around the world this weekend, I wanted to share the story... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva U’s very first video game is live! The interactive game can be played for free, online, with the goal of enabling younger audiences to learn more about microfinance. It helps middle school and high school students understand the microfinance lending cycle, the difference between loans and donations, and more about the main loan uses of Kiva borrowers.

It’s the latest project from Kiva U, which brings together over 69,000 students and teachers in a community where they can access tools and resources to...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Positive news: A 5 cent paper battery is here.
 
Squeamish need not continue: Science proves kids touch tons of gross stuff.
 
History lessons: Chalkboards with nearly 100 year-old lessons discovered in Oklahoma.
 
Take a moment: A touching...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva Fellows have been hard at work these past few months! From India to Tanzania, they have captured some amazing photos of borrowers.
 

Fellow Natalie Russell captured this photo of Celina, who sells small dry fish in Tanzania.



Claire Eggers, a fellow in India, took this inspiring photo of Ganesh on his mushroom farm.



A woman in Zimbabwe uses Kiva loans to support her clothing store, where Alan Mathers shot this photo. 



Eric Brandt (former fellow, current Kiva...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2015 HR Croatia

At Kiva, we love to travel and we love to trade travel advice! I grew up in the former Yugoslavia and, as a child, spent my summers on the Croatian coast visiting my grandmother. I’ve been lucky to return many times as an adult, but I never tire of its charms and fall deeper in love with the country every time I visit. I’m excited to share 25 can’t miss experiences that will make any traveler's visit to Croatia unforgettable. Read more at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

From the air: First aerial photographs of Cuba are stunning.
 
BatKid begins: A remake that rebooted our hearts.

Robocop: Using tech to ease traffic in Kinshasa.
 
The future: Learning more about self-driving cars.
...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
It’s hard to believe the members of the 27th class of Kiva Fellow volunteers are currently making their way by train, plane and boat to their placements for the next 4 months. Our fellows program started in 2007 and has grown from humble beginnings to a formidable operation that provides Kiva staff with critical connections to our field partners and borrowers around the world.
 
Last week, 28 fellows from 9 different countries joined us at our headquarters in San Francisco to meet each other, meet the staff and learn as much as humanly possible about...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2015 SB Solomon Islands

Shell money is a traditional form of currency that was used in the Solomon Islands before bank notes were introduced. Some provinces still use shell money today, primarily for ceremonies, settling disputes, and bridal and land payments. It is beautifully crafted from seashells, often consisting of strings of differently colored shell-beads. Visit Kiva's Medium page to see how it's made!

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
We are honored to announce a new member of our team, Martin Tschopp, as CEO of Kiva.  As co-lead with Kiva’s President and Co-founder, Premal Shah, Martin brings a skillset that will help Kiva grow our reach, maximize social impact and leverage technology in strategic new ways. 

Martin comes to Kiva after 12 years with eBay, most recently as the Vice President and General Manager of eBay Advertising. At eBay, he worked to build and grow marketplace... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Amazing insider: Everyday life in Somalia.

Shout out: President Obama sends some #KivaLove.

Beating the odds: Solar bike path test performs better than anticipated.
 
Have a laugh: Top 10 design flaws of the human body.
 ...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2015 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!

... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

There are few things as universal as a mother’s love. Kiva loans support a hugely diverse range of borrowers, hailing from over 80 different countries, but one thing remains a constant: the touching stories we hear of mothers putting the well-being and education of their children above all else.

Although we all have plenty of reasons to call our mom or send her a card this Mother's Day, here are 3 women who will further inspire you:



Sento lives in Makeni City, Sierra Leone and sells local food, soft drinks, and condiments out of a small store on... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
iSchool Zambia
Zambia

Revolutionizing education in Zambia

Who are they?

iSchool Zambia is a social enterprise working to change the education system in Zambia. The company has copied the entire Zambian primary school curriculum (in English and the 7 local languages) on Android tablets they...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


Photo by Flickr user Oliver Whiteside

On April 25, the most devastating earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years claimed the lives of thousands of people and destroyed homes and cultural sites. The Kiva community’s thoughts are with the people of Nepal and all the families that have been affected by this tragedy.

Kiva reached out to our two partners in Nepal, Patan Business and Professional Women and SunFarmer, to express our support and check on the wellbeing of their staff and clients.

SunFarmer responded that their staff members... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Go green:
Clear solar energy panels put a new spin on windows.
 
Tips & tricks:
Impress your friends and family with these tips for better travel photos.

City skies:
8 in 10 have never seen the Milky Way, this is what they're missing.

...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

On April 24, 2013, more than 1,100 garment workers were killed and 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Even though there were fears the building would collapse, garment workers were pressured to remain at work under threat of 1 month’s lost pay.

The disaster in Dhaka brought new awareness about the terrible working conditions for garment workers. People were saddened and outraged, so in an effort to improve working conditions for garment workers and bring more transparency...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

We all want to come back from our trips with amazing photos that capture the spirit and scale of the places we visit. Follow these tips to get better results> Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


Kiva and Dr. Bronner's, the family-owned company that makes the most popular brand of natural soap in North America, are kicking off an exciting new partnership called Seedlings for Small Farmers!

Starting April 23, Kiva will crowdfund 0% interest loans to support smallholder farmers in Ghana who grow certified organic and fair trade oil palm  used in Dr. Bronner’s soap. And, for a limited time, Dr. Bronner's will match each loan made to these farmers.

Dr. Bronner's sister company, Serendipalm, manages the sourcing and supply of... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

The students at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory are taking their education into their own hands. An avid group of Kiva supporters from the school are reaching out to Kiva borrowers in their hometown of San Francisco to learn more about the impact of microfinance.

Abi Basch is a social... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Mother of invention:
A Kiva borrower helping the homeless with recyclable, origami-inspired temporary shelters.
 
Surf's up:
These girls in Bangladesh learn to hang ten while practicing their English skills.
 
Made in Kenya, assembled in America:
This new device provides internet in...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


Myrian knew she would be an artist from the moment her grandmother placed a cool, smooth lump of clay in her hands as a child.

“The first time I touched the clay I said that this is going to be my profession, I will be an artisan,” Myrian says. Read her full story at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Crédit Epargne Formation (CEFOR)
Madagascar

Supporting first-time borrowers and vulnerable populations in Madagascar

Who are they?

Crédit Epargne Formation is a microfinance organization that targets first-time borrowers and impoverished families in the Analmanga region of Madagascar. The organization has developed a social categorization ranking in order to reach the most vulnerable groups. They also provide... Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with lending

Jul 7, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
We’re excited to announce Kiva won the Operational Effectiveness category in the Wall Street Journal’s Financial Inclusion Challenge! The Financial Inclusion Challenge is part of an on-going project for the WSJ called Financing the Future. We’re so excited to be recognized as a leader in financial inclusion and can’t wait to impact more lives through the power of lending....
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Take us there: Don't like crowds? Check out these under-the-radar destinations.
http://www.businessinsider.com/us-destinations-that-tourists-havent-discovered-2015-6?op=1
 
Tiger adventure: Little boy's lost toy gets a tour of Tampa.
http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/news-photo-gallery/boy-misplaced-stuffed-tiger-goes-on-big-...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Our 27th Kiva Fellow class has been in the field for a few weeks now and we’re excited to share a few of their sights and experiences getting settled into the new countries, new homes and new assignments. We asked our fellows, “What made you smile this week?” and here are some responses:


Carly Schwartz | Mexico City, Mexico
“Two guys ran into the middle of the largest, busiest thoroughfare, Avenida de los Insurgentes in Mexico City, to perform and solicit donations every time there’s a red light.”


Supharin Chatt | Bay Area, United States
“... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
This week, I'm visiting Kiva partners in Colombia with my dad. It's the first time in my 10 years at Kiva that I've been able to take my dad to visit Kiva borrowers in the field. He's been my biggest cheerleader, believed in our dream before many others did and was also one of Kiva's first donors in 2005!
Dad and me visiting Kiva partner Interactuar in Colombia this week 

It's been an amazing trip. So in the spirit of those celebrating Father's Day in more than 75 countries around the world this weekend, I wanted to share the story... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva U’s very first video game is live! The interactive game can be played for free, online, with the goal of enabling younger audiences to learn more about microfinance. It helps middle school and high school students understand the microfinance lending cycle, the difference between loans and donations, and more about the main loan uses of Kiva borrowers.

It’s the latest project from Kiva U, which brings together over 69,000 students and teachers in a community where they can access tools and resources to...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Positive news: A 5 cent paper battery is here.
 
Squeamish need not continue: Science proves kids touch tons of gross stuff.
 
History lessons: Chalkboards with nearly 100 year-old lessons discovered in Oklahoma.
 
Take a moment: A touching...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva Fellows have been hard at work these past few months! From India to Tanzania, they have captured some amazing photos of borrowers.
 

Fellow Natalie Russell captured this photo of Celina, who sells small dry fish in Tanzania.



Claire Eggers, a fellow in India, took this inspiring photo of Ganesh on his mushroom farm.



A woman in Zimbabwe uses Kiva loans to support her clothing store, where Alan Mathers shot this photo. 



Eric Brandt (former fellow, current Kiva...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2015 HR Croatia

At Kiva, we love to travel and we love to trade travel advice! I grew up in the former Yugoslavia and, as a child, spent my summers on the Croatian coast visiting my grandmother. I’ve been lucky to return many times as an adult, but I never tire of its charms and fall deeper in love with the country every time I visit. I’m excited to share 25 can’t miss experiences that will make any traveler's visit to Croatia unforgettable. Read more at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

From the air: First aerial photographs of Cuba are stunning.
 
BatKid begins: A remake that rebooted our hearts.

Robocop: Using tech to ease traffic in Kinshasa.
 
The future: Learning more about self-driving cars.
...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
By Aurora Lee
It’s hard to believe the members of the 27th class of Kiva Fellow volunteers are currently making their way by train, plane and boat to their placements for the next 4 months. Our fellows program started in 2007 and has grown from humble beginnings to a formidable operation that provides Kiva staff with critical connections to our field partners and borrowers around the world.
 
Last week, 28 fellows from 9 different countries joined us at our headquarters in San Francisco to meet each other, meet the staff and learn as much as humanly possible about...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2015 SB Solomon Islands

Shell money is a traditional form of currency that was used in the Solomon Islands before bank notes were introduced. Some provinces still use shell money today, primarily for ceremonies, settling disputes, and bridal and land payments. It is beautifully crafted from seashells, often consisting of strings of differently colored shell-beads. Visit Kiva's Medium page to see how it's made!

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
We are honored to announce a new member of our team, Martin Tschopp, as CEO of Kiva.  As co-lead with Kiva’s President and Co-founder, Premal Shah, Martin brings a skillset that will help Kiva grow our reach, maximize social impact and leverage technology in strategic new ways. 

Martin comes to Kiva after 12 years with eBay, most recently as the Vice President and General Manager of eBay Advertising. At eBay, he worked to build and grow marketplace... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Amazing insider: Everyday life in Somalia.

Shout out: President Obama sends some #KivaLove.

Beating the odds: Solar bike path test performs better than anticipated.
 
Have a laugh: Top 10 design flaws of the human body.
 ...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2015 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!

... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
By Lana Radosavljevic

There are few things as universal as a mother’s love. Kiva loans support a hugely diverse range of borrowers, hailing from over 80 different countries, but one thing remains a constant: the touching stories we hear of mothers putting the well-being and education of their children above all else.

Although we all have plenty of reasons to call our mom or send her a card this Mother's Day, here are 3 women who will further inspire you:



Sento lives in Makeni City, Sierra Leone and sells local food, soft drinks, and condiments out of a small store on... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
iSchool Zambia
Zambia

Revolutionizing education in Zambia

Who are they?

iSchool Zambia is a social enterprise working to change the education system in Zambia. The company has copied the entire Zambian primary school curriculum (in English and the 7 local languages) on Android tablets they...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
By Talea Miller


Photo by Flickr user Oliver Whiteside

On April 25, the most devastating earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years claimed the lives of thousands of people and destroyed homes and cultural sites. The Kiva community’s thoughts are with the people of Nepal and all the families that have been affected by this tragedy.

Kiva reached out to our two partners in Nepal, Patan Business and Professional Women and SunFarmer, to express our support and check on the wellbeing of their staff and clients.

SunFarmer responded that their staff members... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Go green:
Clear solar energy panels put a new spin on windows.
 
Tips & tricks:
Impress your friends and family with these tips for better travel photos.

City skies:
8 in 10 have never seen the Milky Way, this is what they're missing.

...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

On April 24, 2013, more than 1,100 garment workers were killed and 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Even though there were fears the building would collapse, garment workers were pressured to remain at work under threat of 1 month’s lost pay.

The disaster in Dhaka brought new awareness about the terrible working conditions for garment workers. People were saddened and outraged, so in an effort to improve working conditions for garment workers and bring more transparency...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

We all want to come back from our trips with amazing photos that capture the spirit and scale of the places we visit. Follow these tips to get better results> Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


Kiva and Dr. Bronner's, the family-owned company that makes the most popular brand of natural soap in North America, are kicking off an exciting new partnership called Seedlings for Small Farmers!

Starting April 23, Kiva will crowdfund 0% interest loans to support smallholder farmers in Ghana who grow certified organic and fair trade oil palm  used in Dr. Bronner’s soap. And, for a limited time, Dr. Bronner's will match each loan made to these farmers.

Dr. Bronner's sister company, Serendipalm, manages the sourcing and supply of... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

The students at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory are taking their education into their own hands. An avid group of Kiva supporters from the school are reaching out to Kiva borrowers in their hometown of San Francisco to learn more about the impact of microfinance.

Abi Basch is a social... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Mother of invention:
A Kiva borrower helping the homeless with recyclable, origami-inspired temporary shelters.
 
Surf's up:
These girls in Bangladesh learn to hang ten while practicing their English skills.
 
Made in Kenya, assembled in America:
This new device provides internet in...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


Myrian knew she would be an artist from the moment her grandmother placed a cool, smooth lump of clay in her hands as a child.

“The first time I touched the clay I said that this is going to be my profession, I will be an artisan,” Myrian says. Read her full story at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Crédit Epargne Formation (CEFOR)
Madagascar

Supporting first-time borrowers and vulnerable populations in Madagascar

Who are they?

Crédit Epargne Formation is a microfinance organization that targets first-time borrowers and impoverished families in the Analmanga region of Madagascar. The organization has developed a social categorization ranking in order to reach the most vulnerable groups. They also provide... Continue Reading >>

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