Blog posts tagged with lending

Jul 7, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Katrina and Keely first met in the summer of 2013 while working on open space greening projects in Brooklyn, N.Y., and bonded instantly over urban farming and pop culture. After many discussions on the frustrations of finding financially sustainable jobs in urban agriculture, they decided the best solution was to start a project for themselves.

In 2015, the two joined forces to start Tinyfield Roofhop Farm on a small rooftop in Brooklyn, with the Manhattan skyline in the distance. Their goal was to provide high quality, hyper-local produce to consumers, restaurants, and... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


This is the final story in our series spotlighting U.S. businesses in celebration of Independence Day.

Jay is a native of Detroit and considers himself a promoter of social good in his home city. After moving back to Detroit 6 years ago, Jay decided to spend his time creating opportunity for his community and Detroit youth.

Read more about Jay's story at Kiva's Medium page -->>

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ, US United States

This is the second story in our series spotlighting U.S. businesses in celebration of Independence Day. 

...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
The direct to social enterprise program is a pilot program that aims to raise capital for social enterprises in a new and more efficient way. Social enterprises have the potential to strengthen their communities and reduce poverty by expanding formal employment, scaling innovative social solutions and driving sustainable economic growth. However, they often fall in the “missing middle,” meaning they are too small for traditional banks, but too big for microfinance.

In the past, Kiva has used 2 different models to support small social enterprises:...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


This the second of our stories in our series spotlighting U.S. businesses in celebration of Independence Day.

“After years of working for someone else, I decided it was time to pursue my dream of bringing the food of my childhood to my new home.”

You can tell Guadalupe is a passionate woman from the moment you place your order at El Pipila. She is constantly moving around assembling the plates, but keeping an eye on everything that’s going on, making sure everyone receives the best service.

Her passion comes in... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Kigali, Rwanda. Photo by Flickr user oledoe.


I’ve only seen the film Hotel Rwanda twice.

The first time, I was alone on my parents’ couch in small-town Oklahoma. I tend to want to be emotionally prepared for heavy films with difficult subject matter, but when do you ever feel prepared enough to bear witness to such a magnitude of senseless violence and tragedy as what happened in Rwanda?

The answer is never, so I finally just took a deep breath and hit play.... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

There are more than 60 million refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) around the world who were driven from their homes by violence and conflict. In honor of World Refugee Day, we’re featuring the stories of borrowers who were forced to rebuild their lives and found new hope and support through the Kiva community.

Kiva lenders have crowdfunded more than $2.6 million in loans to refugees and internally displaced people. This support helps Kiva’s Field Partners extend financial services to those most at risk and in need, including refugees and IDPs escaping...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Jembere. In Amharic — the native language of Ethiopia — it means, “my sunset.” When Abaynesh, a designer in New York, fulfilled her dream of creating her own eyewear brand, she named it Jembere in honor of her roots.

Her collections are now sold by vendors from New York to Chicago, but the inspiration for her designs remains rooted in her early life and East Africa.

Photos by Abaynesh

Abaynesh was born in a Sudanese refugee camp to Ethiopian parents. Her father, part of the medical...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Photos by Liz Fish

Leila is constantly smiling, and beams with pride when talking about her farm. But behind her sunny exterior, she carries a story of extreme hardship and perseverance.

Leila used to live in Ochamchire, in the coastal region of Abkhazia, situated in the north-western corner of Georgia. She was forced to leave her home, her roots and everything she knew in 1989 due to a regional conflict that eventually developed into a war between Georgia and Russia, led to Abkhazia formally...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This is part of our World Refugee Day series honoring Kiva borrowers who made the incredible journey from refugee to entrepreneur.

Story by Kiva Fellow Nina Patel and Diana Silva, Kiva marketing intern. Photos by Nina Patel.



For Kone, a designer and tailor, achieving his dream of owning his own business in Nairobi has been a long journey, both mentally and physically.

In 2002, he was the proud owner of a stable and prosperous tailoring business in his native Côte d’Ivoire, when his life was turned upside...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


This is a guest post from John Carroll, Manager of Local Business Outreach at Yelp, to celebrate our new partnership.

Today, we're proud to make the Yelp and Kiva partnership official. Together, we can help even more small, local businesses work towards their dreams. Since 2013, Yelp and Kiva have collaborated to provide small businesses with the capital and exposure they need to succeed.

As a leading nonprofit providing crowdfunded loans, Kiva gives small businesses in the U.S. access to 0% interest capital through “social underwriting.” When... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

The refreshed Kiva includes the most significant changes to the website since it was first created, and is the culmination of more than a year of hard work by Kiva’s engineering, product, design and marketing teams. Learn more about the process at Kiva's Medium page.
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


Today, we’re proud to introduce a new look and feel for Kiva, and a new, mobile-responsive website that makes supporting small businesses around the world easier than ever.

When Kiva began in 2005, we had a simple goal: to connect borrowers who need small amounts of capital to improve their lives, with lenders who want to help. Ten years later, we’ve seen the incredible power and impact of this model brought to life thanks to millions of dedicated contributors like you.

Kiva’s grown into a true global community, where people come together to support and... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 AM Armenia

Often when we think of education loans on Kiva, we  think of helping a student finish school and join the workforce. But Artur's story represents the other side of this coin. Artur is a university professor, and his Kiva loan was also an education loan - but one that enabled this teacher to provide a better learning experience to his students and to publish a book on conflict resolution.

Artur in his classroom

Currently a professor at the Yerevan State University in Armenia, Artur took out...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Like clockwork, they came, they caffeinated, they learned everything they possible could about microfinance. Last week, Kiva welcomed 14 new fellows to our San Francisco office for a week-long training with our staff. With the advent of our new Small Business Advisor Program, we’ve phased out our US-based fellowships leaving a purely international (and slightly smaller!) class. Check out a behind-the-scenes look at training week.
 
Answer: A tricky trivia game for fellows. What is Kiva Jeopardy?

...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
At Kiva, we take privacy very seriously, for both lenders and borrowers.

Our goal is to help borrowers around the world work towards their dreams, and in the process they are often able to build a credit history that opens new doors for them.

But sometimes life events, economic changes or even weather and climate prevent borrowers from either repaying on time or repaying in full. In honoring our organizational value of respect, and in alignment with concepts found in the SMART Campaign's borrower protection principles and in U.S. credit laws that seek to protect... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Edible solutions: New six-pack rings that feed, not threaten, marine life.


Shattered records: Human trafficking survivor brings a world record, and message, to Washington DC.

...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

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). Each borrower has a different story to tell, and Kiva’s Review and Translation Program (RTP) connects each story with Kiva volunteers in order to communicate to the rest of the world.

Today, our RTP volunteers edit and translate about 15,000 loans each month...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This is the fourth post in a geography quiz series to expand your knowledge of the countries where Kiva works. Lend to green entrepreneurs around the world ... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ



This is the final story in our series spotlighting small, independent businesses in the U.S. in celebration of National Small Business week.

Victor was born in Mexico and immigrated to America 16 years ago to provide a better way of life and future for his family. After working at a coffee shop for 7 years, Victor was inspired to open his own coffee shop and started searching for a loan. After getting denied from other lenders because of a lack of credit score and no cash flows, Victor came to Kiva. 67 Kiva lenders supported him with a $5,000 0%...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

On this Mother’s Day, Kiva is celebrating the inspirational stories of entrepreneurial mothers, grandmothers and other guiding women from around the world. While their families, businesses, and geographic locations vary greatly, each story showcases the strength and resilience of these incredible mamas!

You can help us honor these women around the world by making a at matched loan to a mother (thanks to Pepsico Foundation) and helping them achieve their dreams to improve their families’ lives.

Read about Phyllis (pictured above) and other... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Four years ago, Sebastian started working on his dream: opening The Social Club Grooming Company, an environmentally friendly grooming salon in Detroit. After 54 Kiva lenders supported his $5,000, 0% interest loan, The Social Club has grown to become a central hub for the Detroit community.

Photos by The Social Club Grooming Company

The Social Club is passionate about environmental impact. By acknowledging the vast amount of harsh chemicals and waste in the industry, Sebastian strived...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Chancey and Dennis at their farmer’s market stall (photo from Chancey’s page on Kiva)


This is the first in our series spotlighting small, independent businesses in the U.S. in celebration of National Small Business week.

On just about every Saturday from May through October, you can find Chancey and her husband Dennis at their stall under a banner that reads ‘Banana Manna’ in the Greenville, South Carolina farmer’s market. Chancey has been selling her acclaimed banana...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

April is the Month of Microfinance and the perfect time to share how microfinance has touched our lives. As April comes to a close, we wanted to share with you Nadine’s story and how a Kiva Zip loan helped her start her own business educating families about the importance of nutrition. Read Chef Nadine’s story, written by Innae Park, below:

...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


It’s early evening and the sun is glowing, low and golden, above a homestead located a 3-hour drive from Cape Coast, Ghana. The air has cooled just enough for Grace and her family to start cooking their dinner over an open fire.

Tonight they are making gravy and yams, and crushing together tomatoes and garden eggs, a popular type of eggplant.
 
At regular intervals Grace and her daughters add ingredients to a heavy pot and stir, then shift the firewood underneath, sending smoke billowing up to their faces.
...
Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with lending

Jul 7, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Katrina and Keely first met in the summer of 2013 while working on open space greening projects in Brooklyn, N.Y., and bonded instantly over urban farming and pop culture. After many discussions on the frustrations of finding financially sustainable jobs in urban agriculture, they decided the best solution was to start a project for themselves.

In 2015, the two joined forces to start Tinyfield Roofhop Farm on a small rooftop in Brooklyn, with the Manhattan skyline in the distance. Their goal was to provide high quality, hyper-local produce to consumers, restaurants, and... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


This is the final story in our series spotlighting U.S. businesses in celebration of Independence Day.

Jay is a native of Detroit and considers himself a promoter of social good in his home city. After moving back to Detroit 6 years ago, Jay decided to spend his time creating opportunity for his community and Detroit youth.

Read more about Jay's story at Kiva's Medium page -->>

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ, US United States

This is the second story in our series spotlighting U.S. businesses in celebration of Independence Day. 

...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
The direct to social enterprise program is a pilot program that aims to raise capital for social enterprises in a new and more efficient way. Social enterprises have the potential to strengthen their communities and reduce poverty by expanding formal employment, scaling innovative social solutions and driving sustainable economic growth. However, they often fall in the “missing middle,” meaning they are too small for traditional banks, but too big for microfinance.

In the past, Kiva has used 2 different models to support small social enterprises:...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


This the second of our stories in our series spotlighting U.S. businesses in celebration of Independence Day.

“After years of working for someone else, I decided it was time to pursue my dream of bringing the food of my childhood to my new home.”

You can tell Guadalupe is a passionate woman from the moment you place your order at El Pipila. She is constantly moving around assembling the plates, but keeping an eye on everything that’s going on, making sure everyone receives the best service.

Her passion comes in... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Kigali, Rwanda. Photo by Flickr user oledoe.


I’ve only seen the film Hotel Rwanda twice.

The first time, I was alone on my parents’ couch in small-town Oklahoma. I tend to want to be emotionally prepared for heavy films with difficult subject matter, but when do you ever feel prepared enough to bear witness to such a magnitude of senseless violence and tragedy as what happened in Rwanda?

The answer is never, so I finally just took a deep breath and hit play.... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

There are more than 60 million refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) around the world who were driven from their homes by violence and conflict. In honor of World Refugee Day, we’re featuring the stories of borrowers who were forced to rebuild their lives and found new hope and support through the Kiva community.

Kiva lenders have crowdfunded more than $2.6 million in loans to refugees and internally displaced people. This support helps Kiva’s Field Partners extend financial services to those most at risk and in need, including refugees and IDPs escaping...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Jembere. In Amharic — the native language of Ethiopia — it means, “my sunset.” When Abaynesh, a designer in New York, fulfilled her dream of creating her own eyewear brand, she named it Jembere in honor of her roots.

Her collections are now sold by vendors from New York to Chicago, but the inspiration for her designs remains rooted in her early life and East Africa.

Photos by Abaynesh

Abaynesh was born in a Sudanese refugee camp to Ethiopian parents. Her father, part of the medical...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Photos by Liz Fish

Leila is constantly smiling, and beams with pride when talking about her farm. But behind her sunny exterior, she carries a story of extreme hardship and perseverance.

Leila used to live in Ochamchire, in the coastal region of Abkhazia, situated in the north-western corner of Georgia. She was forced to leave her home, her roots and everything she knew in 1989 due to a regional conflict that eventually developed into a war between Georgia and Russia, led to Abkhazia formally...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This is part of our World Refugee Day series honoring Kiva borrowers who made the incredible journey from refugee to entrepreneur.

Story by Kiva Fellow Nina Patel and Diana Silva, Kiva marketing intern. Photos by Nina Patel.



For Kone, a designer and tailor, achieving his dream of owning his own business in Nairobi has been a long journey, both mentally and physically.

In 2002, he was the proud owner of a stable and prosperous tailoring business in his native Côte d’Ivoire, when his life was turned upside...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


This is a guest post from John Carroll, Manager of Local Business Outreach at Yelp, to celebrate our new partnership.

Today, we're proud to make the Yelp and Kiva partnership official. Together, we can help even more small, local businesses work towards their dreams. Since 2013, Yelp and Kiva have collaborated to provide small businesses with the capital and exposure they need to succeed.

As a leading nonprofit providing crowdfunded loans, Kiva gives small businesses in the U.S. access to 0% interest capital through “social underwriting.” When... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

The refreshed Kiva includes the most significant changes to the website since it was first created, and is the culmination of more than a year of hard work by Kiva’s engineering, product, design and marketing teams. Learn more about the process at Kiva's Medium page.
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


Today, we’re proud to introduce a new look and feel for Kiva, and a new, mobile-responsive website that makes supporting small businesses around the world easier than ever.

When Kiva began in 2005, we had a simple goal: to connect borrowers who need small amounts of capital to improve their lives, with lenders who want to help. Ten years later, we’ve seen the incredible power and impact of this model brought to life thanks to millions of dedicated contributors like you.

Kiva’s grown into a true global community, where people come together to support and... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 AM Armenia

Often when we think of education loans on Kiva, we  think of helping a student finish school and join the workforce. But Artur's story represents the other side of this coin. Artur is a university professor, and his Kiva loan was also an education loan - but one that enabled this teacher to provide a better learning experience to his students and to publish a book on conflict resolution.

Artur in his classroom

Currently a professor at the Yerevan State University in Armenia, Artur took out...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Like clockwork, they came, they caffeinated, they learned everything they possible could about microfinance. Last week, Kiva welcomed 14 new fellows to our San Francisco office for a week-long training with our staff. With the advent of our new Small Business Advisor Program, we’ve phased out our US-based fellowships leaving a purely international (and slightly smaller!) class. Check out a behind-the-scenes look at training week.
 
Answer: A tricky trivia game for fellows. What is Kiva Jeopardy?

...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
At Kiva, we take privacy very seriously, for both lenders and borrowers.

Our goal is to help borrowers around the world work towards their dreams, and in the process they are often able to build a credit history that opens new doors for them.

But sometimes life events, economic changes or even weather and climate prevent borrowers from either repaying on time or repaying in full. In honoring our organizational value of respect, and in alignment with concepts found in the SMART Campaign's borrower protection principles and in U.S. credit laws that seek to protect... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Edible solutions: New six-pack rings that feed, not threaten, marine life.


Shattered records: Human trafficking survivor brings a world record, and message, to Washington DC.

...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

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). Each borrower has a different story to tell, and Kiva’s Review and Translation Program (RTP) connects each story with Kiva volunteers in order to communicate to the rest of the world.

Today, our RTP volunteers edit and translate about 15,000 loans each month...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This is the fourth post in a geography quiz series to expand your knowledge of the countries where Kiva works. Lend to green entrepreneurs around the world ... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ



This is the final story in our series spotlighting small, independent businesses in the U.S. in celebration of National Small Business week.

Victor was born in Mexico and immigrated to America 16 years ago to provide a better way of life and future for his family. After working at a coffee shop for 7 years, Victor was inspired to open his own coffee shop and started searching for a loan. After getting denied from other lenders because of a lack of credit score and no cash flows, Victor came to Kiva. 67 Kiva lenders supported him with a $5,000 0%...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

On this Mother’s Day, Kiva is celebrating the inspirational stories of entrepreneurial mothers, grandmothers and other guiding women from around the world. While their families, businesses, and geographic locations vary greatly, each story showcases the strength and resilience of these incredible mamas!

You can help us honor these women around the world by making a at matched loan to a mother (thanks to Pepsico Foundation) and helping them achieve their dreams to improve their families’ lives.

Read about Phyllis (pictured above) and other... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Four years ago, Sebastian started working on his dream: opening The Social Club Grooming Company, an environmentally friendly grooming salon in Detroit. After 54 Kiva lenders supported his $5,000, 0% interest loan, The Social Club has grown to become a central hub for the Detroit community.

Photos by The Social Club Grooming Company

The Social Club is passionate about environmental impact. By acknowledging the vast amount of harsh chemicals and waste in the industry, Sebastian strived...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Chancey and Dennis at their farmer’s market stall (photo from Chancey’s page on Kiva)


This is the first in our series spotlighting small, independent businesses in the U.S. in celebration of National Small Business week.

On just about every Saturday from May through October, you can find Chancey and her husband Dennis at their stall under a banner that reads ‘Banana Manna’ in the Greenville, South Carolina farmer’s market. Chancey has been selling her acclaimed banana...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

April is the Month of Microfinance and the perfect time to share how microfinance has touched our lives. As April comes to a close, we wanted to share with you Nadine’s story and how a Kiva Zip loan helped her start her own business educating families about the importance of nutrition. Read Chef Nadine’s story, written by Innae Park, below:

...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


It’s early evening and the sun is glowing, low and golden, above a homestead located a 3-hour drive from Cape Coast, Ghana. The air has cooled just enough for Grace and her family to start cooking their dinner over an open fire.

Tonight they are making gravy and yams, and crushing together tomatoes and garden eggs, a popular type of eggplant.
 
At regular intervals Grace and her daughters add ingredients to a heavy pot and stir, then shift the firewood underneath, sending smoke billowing up to their faces.
...
Continue Reading >>

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