Blog posts tagged with loans

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 >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Coffee break:
Combating youth homelessness with a cup of joe.
 
Hot new idea:
Using sound waves to put out fires.
 
 
Side-splitting:
Commentary you probably missed from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
 
...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Tens of thousands of people visit Kiva every day looking to support a borrower. Unfortunately, a significant number leave the website without making a loan because they feel overwhelmed when having to choose who to support. Today, I’m excited to share a redesign we've seen help new visitors choose a loan, while also delivering new features to those of you who’ve been lending for years.

So what can you expect from this new loan finding experience?

Loans are grouped into categories: In the new design we now prominently feature categories such as... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

“While I was repairing my inner self I was able to at least look better, and that made me…regain my confidence," says Toya. Read her story at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Wondering what our fellows are up to? See what makes their field placement unique by taking a look at the foods they are eating and what keeps them inspired everyday!

Kiva Fellow Semone Aye, Myanmar:
Catfish noodle soup? Yes please! Mohinga is a staple in Burmese cuisine, and what many Burmese would call "comfort food." Each region of Myanmar has its own variation of the recipe. #myanmar #chili... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 IN India


Like many women in India, Mukula was a child bride. Now she runs a weaving business with 2 employees out of the workshop in her home. Read her story here>

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

For years, Ki has been defined by the struggles that surrounded her. Dropout. Regugee. Immigrant. To read Ki's story visit Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

American ingenuity:
We can't fault people for their delicious, delicious creativity.

Food art:
Playing with your food has never been so witty (we can't believe they missed New Yolk, though).

Young Captain Planet:
Student designs beautiful faucet flows that reduce water consumption.
 ...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KE Kenya

Pamela is a woman whose smile radiates confidence and joy. After the single mother found out she was HIV positive in 1999, that confidence was tested to the limits. But she was determined to continue to be a pillar of strength for her family and her community. Read her full story at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>

Pages

Blog posts tagged with loans

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 >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Coffee break:
Combating youth homelessness with a cup of joe.
 
Hot new idea:
Using sound waves to put out fires.
 
 
Side-splitting:
Commentary you probably missed from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
 
...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Tens of thousands of people visit Kiva every day looking to support a borrower. Unfortunately, a significant number leave the website without making a loan because they feel overwhelmed when having to choose who to support. Today, I’m excited to share a redesign we've seen help new visitors choose a loan, while also delivering new features to those of you who’ve been lending for years.

So what can you expect from this new loan finding experience?

Loans are grouped into categories: In the new design we now prominently feature categories such as... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

“While I was repairing my inner self I was able to at least look better, and that made me…regain my confidence," says Toya. Read her story at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
By Beverly Chan
Wondering what our fellows are up to? See what makes their field placement unique by taking a look at the foods they are eating and what keeps them inspired everyday!

Kiva Fellow Semone Aye, Myanmar:
Catfish noodle soup? Yes please! Mohinga is a staple in Burmese cuisine, and what many Burmese would call "comfort food." Each region of Myanmar has its own variation of the recipe. #myanmar #chili... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 IN India


Like many women in India, Mukula was a child bride. Now she runs a weaving business with 2 employees out of the workshop in her home. Read her story here>

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

For years, Ki has been defined by the struggles that surrounded her. Dropout. Regugee. Immigrant. To read Ki's story visit Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva Field Partner Bai Tushum's...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

American ingenuity:
We can't fault people for their delicious, delicious creativity.

Food art:
Playing with your food has never been so witty (we can't believe they missed New Yolk, though).

Young Captain Planet:
Student designs beautiful faucet flows that reduce water consumption.
 ...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KE Kenya

Pamela is a woman whose smile radiates confidence and joy. After the single mother found out she was HIV positive in 1999, that confidence was tested to the limits. But she was determined to continue to be a pillar of strength for her family and her community. Read her full story at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>

Pages

LendingOnKiva