Blog posts tagged with microfinance

Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Farmers are awesome, aren’t they? We certainly think so! That’s why we held a Flash Fund from Sept 8-12 to help fund 500 farmers’ Kiva loans. Kiva farmers come from all over the world but are united in their passion for cultivating opportunity from hard work.
 
Thanks to Kiva lenders rallying to show their support, we smashed tour goal and more than 1150 farmers’ loans were funded during Flash Fund week
 

Among the 1150 were young farmers, like Sibonisiwe in Zimbabwe, who owns a...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Ibdaa Microfinance SAL
Lebanon

Serving Vulnerable Refugee Communities


Who are they?
Ibdaa Microfinance SAL aims to improve the unemployment rate of Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon by providing loans to entrepreneurs in these communities.  The organization puts a special emphasis on youth entrepreneurs, and ensures that each young borrower is matched with a mentor to provide business development services and insight.  

You'll love them...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Need to read:
The amazing and heartbreaking untold story of the Bajau Laut.

 

A modern tyranny:
How America came to rely on the least delicious apple.

 

Progress over time:
Watch a decade of economic growth in Africa.

 

A moving perspective:...

Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

As the leaves change color, the air cools and farmers everywhere begin to gather their harvest, you know autumn has arrived in the U.S. In every culture, harvest season is regarded as a time of bounty and prosperity and is celebrated through holidays and festivals. This week, Kiva is celebrating farmers and all the hard work they do around the world by flash funding 500 farmers in 5 days! Join the effort by making a loan to a farmer.
 
One of the reasons farmers need our support is that their livelihoods are so unpredictable. Once the seeds are...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Amazing visual:
Real-time map of winds around the world.
 
Money market:
Ecuador may be set to be the first country to digitize its currency.
 
Reading corner:
5 essential reads on international development.
 
Summer's end:
One last dose of beach beauty before autumn rolls in.
 
Children are our future:...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 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!
 
Kiva partners operate in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian) and we rely on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and translate loans so they can be published to our site in English while preserving the original author’s voice and emotion. 

...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 SL Sierra Leone
Freetown, Sierra Leone


More than 3,000 cases and 1,550 deaths have been reported so far in the Ebola outbreak devastating West Africa. Two countries where Kiva works, Liberia and Sierra Leone, are among the hardest hit and have both declared a national state of emergency.
 
In addition to the devastating loss of life in affected communities, the epidemic is having a serious negative impact on local economies. Schools, markets, banks, and stores have been closed, and... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Thank you for making this an incredible first year for Kiva U, Kiva’s student and teacher program!

When Citi and Kiva launched the Kiva U initiative in September of 2013, we had no idea what to expect. We hoped that if we created and shared useful and compelling content and resources, we could help students and teachers learn about poverty, microfinance, entrepreneurship and sustainability. We hoped that if we built platforms and ways for passionate and informed people to connect, we could build a movement that could transform lives for entrepreneurs working...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Up and at 'em:
A pep talk from Kid President will change your perspective.
 
Bearer of good news:
John Green learns about Ethiopian baby names and their role as health indicators.
 
Tech tidbit:
Instagram announced Hyperlapse and it's a thing of beauty.
 
At the cinema:
Marty McFly's iconic puffy vest: red or orange? NPR delivers the verdict.
... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 ZA South Africa
At Kiva HQ we are passionate about travel, as are many Kiva lenders. We decided to crowd-source our best travel advice, starting with South Africa. For anyone who has visited South Africa this list will bring back some happy memories, and if you've never been this list might have you booking a ticket soon. Enjoy and please add your own recommendations in the comments!

To See:
1. Relive history and reflect on Nelson Mandela's legacy at Robben Island
2. Revel in the Kirstenbosch Gardens (called heaven on Earth and the most beautiful sight in the entire... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
ASA INITIATIVE
Ghana

Supporting Citrus Farmers and Greening the Environment

Who are they?
ASA Initiative is an MFI that provides loans for green energy and agriculture. They give green loans to entrepreneurs to sell clean energy cook stoves that run on waste materials produced by communities. Agricultural loans support citrus farmers in Ghana to expand their farms, hire labor, transport goods to the market, and ultimately increase their household income.  

You’ll love them if…... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Too astonishing to miss:
Photo mashups of San Francisco's 1906 earthquake and present-day.
 
Inspiring moment:
See how $25 is changing the world.
 
Beautiful world:
Sometimes the road less traveled is absolutely stunning.
 
Cute overload:
A Tinker Bell popsicle and the world's most exciting ginger ale.
 
The...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Here are the stories we've been emailing, tweeting and sharing around the office this week:

More prolific than Starbucks and McDonalds:
John Oliver reports on the shocking truth that 1 in 20 U.S. families has taken out a pay day loan.
 
Cutie alert:
Second day of school blues – we know that feeling, Buddy.
 
Humans of the world:
The human side of conflict as told by everyone's favorite NY photo-storyteller....
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 MM Myanmar

A bit about Myanmar…
Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in Asia, but it has seen major political and economic reforms in recent years that have many hopeful for a brighter future. For decades Myanmar was controlled by authoritative leadership that committed gross human rights violations. Myanmar’s people have lived through much oppression, but progress in this young democracy is being made to ensure human rights and develop transparency in governance. The next test of this will...

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Photography by Tim Chambers
I was a pastry chef before my years at Kiva, so I love to lend to bakers around the world. My Kiva portfolio is full of pictures of mouthwatering pastries made by a wide variety of culinary artists—a baker of Lebanese flatbreads (man’oushe), a cake decorator in Honduras, a gingerbread baker from New Orleans. One of my favorite loans was to Mamasharif in Tajikistan—don'... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Around the Kiva office, there're a few things the whole staff gets really into: karaoke and food-related challenges are among our fervent favorites but at the top of that list is lending on Kiva. That’s right, we geek out about work in our down time – a lot. We’ve compiled our best tips on how to lend like a pro, along with some of the funny anecdotes from our adventures in lending.
 
Be a hero:
"Sort by expiring soon. Lend to the first loan in list."
 
G-E-O Geography, lend to parts...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
By Hania Abu-Eid, Kiva's communications manager, and Lev Plaves, Kiva's portfolio associate for the Middle East and South Asia

As vivid photos, videos and narratives of unimaginable destruction, death, loss and despair flash on our television, computer and cell phone screens it’s hard not to be confronted with the suffering of  members of our human family. From Palestine and Israel to Iraq, Syria, Congo, Ukraine and so... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
#WeBelieve:
8 tenets at the heart of Kiva
 
Time machine:
Take a trip down memory lane to when "Are you finding that the Internet is a big thing?" was an actual question.
 
Guaranteed laughs:
Clever couple finds the best way to announce their expecting.
 
The universe is amazing:
The most super super-moon ever is coming to a night sky near you.
...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
The gap between the rich and poor in Colombia is one of largest in the world —and more than a third of Colombia’s population lives below the poverty line.
 
It’s in this environment that Kiva’s Field Partner of 3.5 years Interactuar is operating, helping entrepreneurs make their businesses a reality, and helping them learn the skills that will help them grow.
 
Interactuar works in the department of Antioquia, Colombia, where the average yearly income of residents is a meager $6,070. The organization strives to reduce unemployment and create sustainable... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 LB Lebanon, PS Palestinian Territory, YE Yemen
The observance of Ramadan falls on the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and this year began on June 28 and went through July 28. Traditionally, Muslims fast during Ramadan to ‘purify’ their minds so they can better focus on self-reflection and prayer. This leads to a greater understanding of others and the month is known as a time for giving and increased acts of charity. 
 
As the world marks Ramadan, we are taking the opportunity to shine a light on the tireless work of our partners in the Middle East, working hard to create opportunity and a...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Check out the latest Kiva photo story! This time Tiffany Vlaanderen, a Kiva Fellow in Nairobi, takes us inside an artisan workshop where hand-crafted works sold all over the world originate.

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Don't miss out on what's hot at Kiva HQ this week:
 
Guaranteed smiles:
Cacao farmers taste chocolate for the first time.
 
Food for thought:
A food artist's snack-tacular tour of Europe
 
Digital development:
Non-profit backed by Facebook brings free internet access to Zambia
 
For your toolbox:
Everything you ever needed to know...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Given the recent conflict in Gaza, we've gotten a number of questions from lenders asking about Kiva borrowers and Field Partners working in this area of the world. Kiva shares the concerns expressed by many of our lenders and we are in the process of following up with our Palestinian partners to ascertain how they and their borrowers have been impacted by the war.

We know that some microfinance borrowers (and their businesses) have...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

We are constantly inspired by the Kiva community–a community that includes more than 2.5 million lenders and borrowers around the globe. Together, we are bound by our vision of a more connected, compassionate world. In celebration of this vision at the heart of Kiva’s work, we’re telling the world what #WeBelieve this week. Will you join us? Share your favorite #WeBelieve message below, and tell us what drive you to be part of Kiva in the comments!
 
          ...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Our staff's must-reads of the week:

Captain Planet recommends:
They may not be pretty, but these unusual fruits and veggies are taking a bite out of food waste
 
Stop and smell the roses:
Life is about the journey, this algorithm finds the most beautiful route across a city
 
Gadgets we can't wait for:
In the future, umbrellas tell you when it will rain
 
Brain food:...
Continue Reading >>

Pages

Blog posts tagged with microfinance

Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Farmers are awesome, aren’t they? We certainly think so! That’s why we held a Flash Fund from Sept 8-12 to help fund 500 farmers’ Kiva loans. Kiva farmers come from all over the world but are united in their passion for cultivating opportunity from hard work.
 
Thanks to Kiva lenders rallying to show their support, we smashed tour goal and more than 1150 farmers’ loans were funded during Flash Fund week
 

Among the 1150 were young farmers, like Sibonisiwe in Zimbabwe, who owns a...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Ibdaa Microfinance SAL
Lebanon

Serving Vulnerable Refugee Communities


Who are they?
Ibdaa Microfinance SAL aims to improve the unemployment rate of Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon by providing loans to entrepreneurs in these communities.  The organization puts a special emphasis on youth entrepreneurs, and ensures that each young borrower is matched with a mentor to provide business development services and insight.  

You'll love them...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Need to read:
The amazing and heartbreaking untold story of the Bajau Laut.

 

A modern tyranny:
How America came to rely on the least delicious apple.

 

Progress over time:
Watch a decade of economic growth in Africa.

 

A moving perspective:...

Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

As the leaves change color, the air cools and farmers everywhere begin to gather their harvest, you know autumn has arrived in the U.S. In every culture, harvest season is regarded as a time of bounty and prosperity and is celebrated through holidays and festivals. This week, Kiva is celebrating farmers and all the hard work they do around the world by flash funding 500 farmers in 5 days! Join the effort by making a loan to a farmer.
 
One of the reasons farmers need our support is that their livelihoods are so unpredictable. Once the seeds are...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Amazing visual:
Real-time map of winds around the world.
 
Money market:
Ecuador may be set to be the first country to digitize its currency.
 
Reading corner:
5 essential reads on international development.
 
Summer's end:
One last dose of beach beauty before autumn rolls in.
 
Children are our future:...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 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!
 
Kiva partners operate in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian) and we rely on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and translate loans so they can be published to our site in English while preserving the original author’s voice and emotion. 

...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 SL Sierra Leone
Freetown, Sierra Leone


More than 3,000 cases and 1,550 deaths have been reported so far in the Ebola outbreak devastating West Africa. Two countries where Kiva works, Liberia and Sierra Leone, are among the hardest hit and have both declared a national state of emergency.
 
In addition to the devastating loss of life in affected communities, the epidemic is having a serious negative impact on local economies. Schools, markets, banks, and stores have been closed, and... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Thank you for making this an incredible first year for Kiva U, Kiva’s student and teacher program!

When Citi and Kiva launched the Kiva U initiative in September of 2013, we had no idea what to expect. We hoped that if we created and shared useful and compelling content and resources, we could help students and teachers learn about poverty, microfinance, entrepreneurship and sustainability. We hoped that if we built platforms and ways for passionate and informed people to connect, we could build a movement that could transform lives for entrepreneurs working...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Up and at 'em:
A pep talk from Kid President will change your perspective.
 
Bearer of good news:
John Green learns about Ethiopian baby names and their role as health indicators.
 
Tech tidbit:
Instagram announced Hyperlapse and it's a thing of beauty.
 
At the cinema:
Marty McFly's iconic puffy vest: red or orange? NPR delivers the verdict.
... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 ZA South Africa
At Kiva HQ we are passionate about travel, as are many Kiva lenders. We decided to crowd-source our best travel advice, starting with South Africa. For anyone who has visited South Africa this list will bring back some happy memories, and if you've never been this list might have you booking a ticket soon. Enjoy and please add your own recommendations in the comments!

To See:
1. Relive history and reflect on Nelson Mandela's legacy at Robben Island
2. Revel in the Kirstenbosch Gardens (called heaven on Earth and the most beautiful sight in the entire... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
ASA INITIATIVE
Ghana

Supporting Citrus Farmers and Greening the Environment

Who are they?
ASA Initiative is an MFI that provides loans for green energy and agriculture. They give green loans to entrepreneurs to sell clean energy cook stoves that run on waste materials produced by communities. Agricultural loans support citrus farmers in Ghana to expand their farms, hire labor, transport goods to the market, and ultimately increase their household income.  

You’ll love them if…... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Too astonishing to miss:
Photo mashups of San Francisco's 1906 earthquake and present-day.
 
Inspiring moment:
See how $25 is changing the world.
 
Beautiful world:
Sometimes the road less traveled is absolutely stunning.
 
Cute overload:
A Tinker Bell popsicle and the world's most exciting ginger ale.
 
The...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Here are the stories we've been emailing, tweeting and sharing around the office this week:

More prolific than Starbucks and McDonalds:
John Oliver reports on the shocking truth that 1 in 20 U.S. families has taken out a pay day loan.
 
Cutie alert:
Second day of school blues – we know that feeling, Buddy.
 
Humans of the world:
The human side of conflict as told by everyone's favorite NY photo-storyteller....
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 MM Myanmar

A bit about Myanmar…
Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in Asia, but it has seen major political and economic reforms in recent years that have many hopeful for a brighter future. For decades Myanmar was controlled by authoritative leadership that committed gross human rights violations. Myanmar’s people have lived through much oppression, but progress in this young democracy is being made to ensure human rights and develop transparency in governance. The next test of this will...

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Photography by Tim Chambers
I was a pastry chef before my years at Kiva, so I love to lend to bakers around the world. My Kiva portfolio is full of pictures of mouthwatering pastries made by a wide variety of culinary artists—a baker of Lebanese flatbreads (man’oushe), a cake decorator in Honduras, a gingerbread baker from New Orleans. One of my favorite loans was to Mamasharif in Tajikistan—don'... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Around the Kiva office, there're a few things the whole staff gets really into: karaoke and food-related challenges are among our fervent favorites but at the top of that list is lending on Kiva. That’s right, we geek out about work in our down time – a lot. We’ve compiled our best tips on how to lend like a pro, along with some of the funny anecdotes from our adventures in lending.
 
Be a hero:
"Sort by expiring soon. Lend to the first loan in list."
 
G-E-O Geography, lend to parts...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
By Hania Abu-Eid, Kiva's communications manager, and Lev Plaves, Kiva's portfolio associate for the Middle East and South Asia

As vivid photos, videos and narratives of unimaginable destruction, death, loss and despair flash on our television, computer and cell phone screens it’s hard not to be confronted with the suffering of  members of our human family. From Palestine and Israel to Iraq, Syria, Congo, Ukraine and so... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
#WeBelieve:
8 tenets at the heart of Kiva
 
Time machine:
Take a trip down memory lane to when "Are you finding that the Internet is a big thing?" was an actual question.
 
Guaranteed laughs:
Clever couple finds the best way to announce their expecting.
 
The universe is amazing:
The most super super-moon ever is coming to a night sky near you.
...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
The gap between the rich and poor in Colombia is one of largest in the world —and more than a third of Colombia’s population lives below the poverty line.
 
It’s in this environment that Kiva’s Field Partner of 3.5 years Interactuar is operating, helping entrepreneurs make their businesses a reality, and helping them learn the skills that will help them grow.
 
Interactuar works in the department of Antioquia, Colombia, where the average yearly income of residents is a meager $6,070. The organization strives to reduce unemployment and create sustainable... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 LB Lebanon, PS Palestinian Territory, YE Yemen
The observance of Ramadan falls on the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and this year began on June 28 and went through July 28. Traditionally, Muslims fast during Ramadan to ‘purify’ their minds so they can better focus on self-reflection and prayer. This leads to a greater understanding of others and the month is known as a time for giving and increased acts of charity. 
 
As the world marks Ramadan, we are taking the opportunity to shine a light on the tireless work of our partners in the Middle East, working hard to create opportunity and a...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Check out the latest Kiva photo story! This time Tiffany Vlaanderen, a Kiva Fellow in Nairobi, takes us inside an artisan workshop where hand-crafted works sold all over the world originate.

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Don't miss out on what's hot at Kiva HQ this week:
 
Guaranteed smiles:
Cacao farmers taste chocolate for the first time.
 
Food for thought:
A food artist's snack-tacular tour of Europe
 
Digital development:
Non-profit backed by Facebook brings free internet access to Zambia
 
For your toolbox:
Everything you ever needed to know...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Given the recent conflict in Gaza, we've gotten a number of questions from lenders asking about Kiva borrowers and Field Partners working in this area of the world. Kiva shares the concerns expressed by many of our lenders and we are in the process of following up with our Palestinian partners to ascertain how they and their borrowers have been impacted by the war.

We know that some microfinance borrowers (and their businesses) have...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

We are constantly inspired by the Kiva community–a community that includes more than 2.5 million lenders and borrowers around the globe. Together, we are bound by our vision of a more connected, compassionate world. In celebration of this vision at the heart of Kiva’s work, we’re telling the world what #WeBelieve this week. Will you join us? Share your favorite #WeBelieve message below, and tell us what drive you to be part of Kiva in the comments!
 
          ...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Our staff's must-reads of the week:

Captain Planet recommends:
They may not be pretty, but these unusual fruits and veggies are taking a bite out of food waste
 
Stop and smell the roses:
Life is about the journey, this algorithm finds the most beautiful route across a city
 
Gadgets we can't wait for:
In the future, umbrellas tell you when it will rain
 
Brain food:...
Continue Reading >>

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