Blog posts tagged with loans

Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Photo: Leah Loves That Photography

Toya is a dreamer from Pittsburgh, Pa. The images are from Leah Loves That Photography. Leah Johns is a close friend of Toya’s.

A wig can be just a fashion statement to some people, but for others it’s a lifeline to normalcy and a form of protection from life’s struggles.



Toya’s wig shop in the East End of Pittsburgh is cozy and lovely. Her journey to starting this business has deep roots — she remembers helping her mother sweep...

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

Mukula has an eye for vibrant colors, and she puts it to good use in her sari-weaving business. Spools of ruby red, deep turquoise and sapphire blue are all on deck for the week’s work.

Yarn ready for the loom.

Mukula processes the raw materials and yarn for the saris. She can also weave on one of the 3 hand looms she owns, but these days she has help for that. With the support of a Kiva loan of $570, Mukula has grown her business to the point that she employs 2...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Photos by Brandon Smith

For years, Ki has been defined by the struggles that surrounded her.

Dropout. As a child, she had to skip school for many years as she worked at her family’s grocery store in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Refugee. When civil war broke out, she and her family found refuge on a relative’s farm in a rural area.

It wasn’t over. In the middle of a night in 1979, Ki was forced to flee from that temporary location to...

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 KV Kiva HQ
Big news! We’ve just launched “Kiva Español,” a pilot version of Kiva in Spanish! 
 
Check out kiva.org/prestar and you’ll see a limited version of Kiva’s website in Spanish, including all Central and South American loan descriptions posted in their original wording. 
 
We launched Kiva in Spanish for 2 main reasons. The first is that a third of Kiva’s loans come from Latin America, and they take around 12 days to fund.  The second is that there are around 50 million Spanish speakers in the...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Photos by Liz Vidyarthi, Kiva Fellow in Kenya

This story comes from Kibera, in Nairobi:

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.

Pamela started treatment for HIV and founded a support group for women called the Kibera HIV/AIDS Support Initiative Program. She asked the...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Lourdes was only 18 when she says her world came crashing down around her. She had been working as a maid from the age of 14, contributing what little money she earned to her struggling mother and siblings.

Then she found out she was pregnant.

She was alone, cast aside by her family and the father of her child.



“I lost everything…my life totally changed with the pregnancy,” she says.

When her son, Victor, was born, Lourdes pieced together work, trying to keep their little family of 2 afloat....

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Winter wonderland:
It's been a tough one for some, but these red pandas can't get enough of the snow.
 
A different type of internet quiz:
You'll want to post this on your Facebook wall.
 
That dress:
The internet had a meltdown and no one was immune.
 
... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 NZ New Zealand



Here at Kiva, we are constantly trying to learn about the world around us, dreaming about visiting new places, meeting new people and trying new things. We know that you, as Kiva lenders, share a lot of the same interests, which is why we started a series featuring some of the top can’t miss things to do and see in countries around the world.

Our next spotlight is on New Zealand. We asked family, friends and of course, our seasoned Kiva travelers for their best tips for enjoying mythical Middle Earth. Let us know in the comments below if you have any suggestions...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Réseau de Micro-institutions de Croissance de Revenus (RMCR)
Mali

Supporting women entrepreneurs in francophone Africa

Who are they? 

Réseau de Micro-institutions de Croissance de Revenus is a French NGO that provides microloans to underserved communities in rural Mali. It focuses on making financial services available to women borrowers and fostering an entrepreneurial culture in order to support economic development. The organization also offers borrowers a unique opportunity to gradually... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Share the love:
31 people say 'I love you' in their native languages.
 
Tips and tricks:
Kiva food experts spill their best hacks.
 
How to REALLY pronounce that place:
Important notes for globetrotters.
 
Your new beachfront property:
What major cities could look like with rising seas and clever naming.
... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
In light of Kiva’s #LoanLove Lightning Round, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge coming from our Kiva Zip food production borrowers this week! A few tips for what to eat as well as how to eat some of the delicious foods from our borrowers. 
 
 
Sniff out good olive oil:
Heather of Olive & Marlowe is a Kiva Zip borrower and trustee who sells artisanal olive oils and balsamic vinegars. If you want to know if your olive oil has gone bad, rub a drop of it onto your forearm and smell. A fresh olive oil...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015
Let’s make Valentine’s Day truly sweet for Kiva borrowers around the world! You are invited to participate in Kiva’s Loan Love Lightning Round, a flash fund to help support our food producing and vending borrowers. Our goal is to fund 1,400 food businesses by February 14!
 
Food producers and vendors help support their families and communities in many ways that range from managing farms to selling home-cooked products in local marketplaces. Funding will allow them to do everything from diversifying their selection of crops to buying...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
When you travel with children you experience things in a whole different way. Challenge yourself to slow down, explore, wonder and go with the flow. Challenge your family to learn and try new things. Most of all have fun! Here are a few tips to help you and your little ones get the most out of your trip. Read the full post at Medium>

... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Flash back to 8:30 on Monday morning: Brace yourself, that hot coffee in your hand is about to become useless. Behind the Kiva doors lies the reason why: our newest fellows class, the 26th(!!!) Kiva has sent into the field, has descended on our headquarters in San Francisco for a week of training. 
 
Last week was, simply put, a whirlwind. We welcomed 34 new fellows to the Kiva family from an amazing 12 different countries and sought to teach them everything they’d need to know for their assignment. Our farthest fellow is traveling from San...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
“I feel like a millionaire everyday…" - Nestor

"I couldn’t have done this without Kiva Zip." - Mechele

"Seeing people contribute from all over the world is so cool…These loans really do change lives.” - Kathryn


Those are just a few of the Kiva Zip borrowers who want to thank you for your support. You believed in someone’s dream and abilities, assisted in strengthening the entrepreneurial spirit in the United States and are setting a great example for others to “pay it forward.”

Thanks to the support from the Kiva Zip...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

So what's different between Spanish Kiva and Kiva?

...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Out of this world beautiful:
Take a tour of the most detailed photo of space, ever.
 
Trending:
The history of poverty, told by data, is looking up.
 
Young hero:
10-year-old girl honored for her quick thinking and superb sign language skills.
 
...
Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KE Kenya
Check out our latest post on Medium and see how Kiva borrower Jackline is creating an environment that encourages all her students to stay in school. 


Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


Biba, her class, and all of us at Kiva were blown away by the response to Biba's story of perseverance and spirit during a difficult battle with brain cancer. Nearly 3,700 lenders made a loan in Biba’s honor, raising $153,000 in loans for people around the world. Simply incredible.

Below is a thank you letter to lenders from Biba, who also shares the story of her inspirational students:

Several years ago, a few of my high schools students and I were sitting around after school discussing our desire to start a club that would utilize concepts we... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 GT Guatemala
View from Volcan Pacaya (Photo by Flickr user Christopher Crouzet)

1. Take a guided walking tour of Tikal and learn about the lives of the ancient Mayans


2. Feeling a bit daring? Ask if you can try eating a termite from one of the many termite mounds in the jungle. They taste like carrots!


3. Stay at Earth Lodge, a series of cabins and tree houses residing at an avocado farm on a mountain overlooking Antigua. Buy the...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Milaap
India
 
Connecting lenders around the world with borrowers in India
 
Who are they?
Milaap means 'connecting people' in Hindi and Urdu. The organization enables individuals all over the world to give a loan to the working class of India – students, small businesses, and families - who need a small amount of capital to get ahead and change their lives for the better.
 
You’ll love them if… you have been looking to make loan to India!
 
Learn... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Role models:
2014 was an amazing year for bright, brave and inspiring young women.
 
Too gorgeous to miss:
Nature creates an incredible winter wonderland of snow and ice.
 
Perspective change:
Move with the night sky and leave the ground behind.
 
...
Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with loans

Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Photo: Leah Loves That Photography

Toya is a dreamer from Pittsburgh, Pa. The images are from Leah Loves That Photography. Leah Johns is a close friend of Toya’s.

A wig can be just a fashion statement to some people, but for others it’s a lifeline to normalcy and a form of protection from life’s struggles.



Toya’s wig shop in the East End of Pittsburgh is cozy and lovely. Her journey to starting this business has deep roots — she remembers helping her mother sweep...

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

Mukula has an eye for vibrant colors, and she puts it to good use in her sari-weaving business. Spools of ruby red, deep turquoise and sapphire blue are all on deck for the week’s work.

Yarn ready for the loom.

Mukula processes the raw materials and yarn for the saris. She can also weave on one of the 3 hand looms she owns, but these days she has help for that. With the support of a Kiva loan of $570, Mukula has grown her business to the point that she employs 2...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva Field Partner Bai Tushum's...

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Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Photos by Brandon Smith

For years, Ki has been defined by the struggles that surrounded her.

Dropout. As a child, she had to skip school for many years as she worked at her family’s grocery store in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Refugee. When civil war broke out, she and her family found refuge on a relative’s farm in a rural area.

It wasn’t over. In the middle of a night in 1979, Ki was forced to flee from that temporary location to...

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 KV Kiva HQ
By Dominic Vantman
Big news! We’ve just launched “Kiva Español,” a pilot version of Kiva in Spanish! 
 
Check out kiva.org/prestar and you’ll see a limited version of Kiva’s website in Spanish, including all Central and South American loan descriptions posted in their original wording. 
 
We launched Kiva in Spanish for 2 main reasons. The first is that a third of Kiva’s loans come from Latin America, and they take around 12 days to fund.  The second is that there are around 50 million Spanish speakers in the...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Photos by Liz Vidyarthi, Kiva Fellow in Kenya

This story comes from Kibera, in Nairobi:

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.

Pamela started treatment for HIV and founded a support group for women called the Kibera HIV/AIDS Support Initiative Program. She asked the...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Lourdes was only 18 when she says her world came crashing down around her. She had been working as a maid from the age of 14, contributing what little money she earned to her struggling mother and siblings.

Then she found out she was pregnant.

She was alone, cast aside by her family and the father of her child.



“I lost everything…my life totally changed with the pregnancy,” she says.

When her son, Victor, was born, Lourdes pieced together work, trying to keep their little family of 2 afloat....

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Winter wonderland:
It's been a tough one for some, but these red pandas can't get enough of the snow.
 
A different type of internet quiz:
You'll want to post this on your Facebook wall.
 
That dress:
The internet had a meltdown and no one was immune.
 
... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 NZ New Zealand



Here at Kiva, we are constantly trying to learn about the world around us, dreaming about visiting new places, meeting new people and trying new things. We know that you, as Kiva lenders, share a lot of the same interests, which is why we started a series featuring some of the top can’t miss things to do and see in countries around the world.

Our next spotlight is on New Zealand. We asked family, friends and of course, our seasoned Kiva travelers for their best tips for enjoying mythical Middle Earth. Let us know in the comments below if you have any suggestions...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Réseau de Micro-institutions de Croissance de Revenus (RMCR)
Mali

Supporting women entrepreneurs in francophone Africa

Who are they? 

Réseau de Micro-institutions de Croissance de Revenus is a French NGO that provides microloans to underserved communities in rural Mali. It focuses on making financial services available to women borrowers and fostering an entrepreneurial culture in order to support economic development. The organization also offers borrowers a unique opportunity to gradually... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Share the love:
31 people say 'I love you' in their native languages.
 
Tips and tricks:
Kiva food experts spill their best hacks.
 
How to REALLY pronounce that place:
Important notes for globetrotters.
 
Your new beachfront property:
What major cities could look like with rising seas and clever naming.
... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
In light of Kiva’s #LoanLove Lightning Round, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge coming from our Kiva Zip food production borrowers this week! A few tips for what to eat as well as how to eat some of the delicious foods from our borrowers. 
 
 
Sniff out good olive oil:
Heather of Olive & Marlowe is a Kiva Zip borrower and trustee who sells artisanal olive oils and balsamic vinegars. If you want to know if your olive oil has gone bad, rub a drop of it onto your forearm and smell. A fresh olive oil...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015
Let’s make Valentine’s Day truly sweet for Kiva borrowers around the world! You are invited to participate in Kiva’s Loan Love Lightning Round, a flash fund to help support our food producing and vending borrowers. Our goal is to fund 1,400 food businesses by February 14!
 
Food producers and vendors help support their families and communities in many ways that range from managing farms to selling home-cooked products in local marketplaces. Funding will allow them to do everything from diversifying their selection of crops to buying...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
When you travel with children you experience things in a whole different way. Challenge yourself to slow down, explore, wonder and go with the flow. Challenge your family to learn and try new things. Most of all have fun! Here are a few tips to help you and your little ones get the most out of your trip. Read the full post at Medium>

... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
By Aurora Lee
Flash back to 8:30 on Monday morning: Brace yourself, that hot coffee in your hand is about to become useless. Behind the Kiva doors lies the reason why: our newest fellows class, the 26th(!!!) Kiva has sent into the field, has descended on our headquarters in San Francisco for a week of training. 
 
Last week was, simply put, a whirlwind. We welcomed 34 new fellows to the Kiva family from an amazing 12 different countries and sought to teach them everything they’d need to know for their assignment. Our farthest fellow is traveling from San...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
“I feel like a millionaire everyday…" - Nestor

"I couldn’t have done this without Kiva Zip." - Mechele

"Seeing people contribute from all over the world is so cool…These loans really do change lives.” - Kathryn


Those are just a few of the Kiva Zip borrowers who want to thank you for your support. You believed in someone’s dream and abilities, assisted in strengthening the entrepreneurial spirit in the United States and are setting a great example for others to “pay it forward.”

Thanks to the support from the Kiva Zip...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
By Carlos Pierre

So what's different between Spanish Kiva and Kiva?

...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Out of this world beautiful:
Take a tour of the most detailed photo of space, ever.
 
Trending:
The history of poverty, told by data, is looking up.
 
Young hero:
10-year-old girl honored for her quick thinking and superb sign language skills.
 
...
Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KE Kenya
Check out our latest post on Medium and see how Kiva borrower Jackline is creating an environment that encourages all her students to stay in school. 


Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


Biba, her class, and all of us at Kiva were blown away by the response to Biba's story of perseverance and spirit during a difficult battle with brain cancer. Nearly 3,700 lenders made a loan in Biba’s honor, raising $153,000 in loans for people around the world. Simply incredible.

Below is a thank you letter to lenders from Biba, who also shares the story of her inspirational students:

Several years ago, a few of my high schools students and I were sitting around after school discussing our desire to start a club that would utilize concepts we... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 GT Guatemala
View from Volcan Pacaya (Photo by Flickr user Christopher Crouzet)

1. Take a guided walking tour of Tikal and learn about the lives of the ancient Mayans


2. Feeling a bit daring? Ask if you can try eating a termite from one of the many termite mounds in the jungle. They taste like carrots!


3. Stay at Earth Lodge, a series of cabins and tree houses residing at an avocado farm on a mountain overlooking Antigua. Buy the...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Milaap
India
 
Connecting lenders around the world with borrowers in India
 
Who are they?
Milaap means 'connecting people' in Hindi and Urdu. The organization enables individuals all over the world to give a loan to the working class of India – students, small businesses, and families - who need a small amount of capital to get ahead and change their lives for the better.
 
You’ll love them if… you have been looking to make loan to India!
 
Learn... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Role models:
2014 was an amazing year for bright, brave and inspiring young women.
 
Too gorgeous to miss:
Nature creates an incredible winter wonderland of snow and ice.
 
Perspective change:
Move with the night sky and leave the ground behind.
 
...
Continue Reading >>

Pages