Blog posts tagged with microfinance

Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Pancake apes?
This dad teaches his kids about primates in a creative (and mesmerizing) manner.
 

New in tech:
Hoverboards are real. Real. Sign us up.
 

Amazing feats:
Would you plant a forest to save your home? This man in India is doing just that.
...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 GH Ghana, IN India, KE Kenya, US United States
Trista Li, KF25 in Chicago

"Every time we sell out!" - Nate
 
"My happiest moment is when I realize, I am here. Because every now and then I can get caught into the day to day stuff. But it is truly precious to be able to...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
By Jacob Saur and Nick Anderson
We are two Kiva employees based in the Bay Area -- Jacob is a software engineer and Nick is a product manager. We wanted to share a little about the recent trip we took to Medellin to visit a Kiva partner and several Kiva borrowers. ...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Check out these delicious cupcakes with a cardamom twist inspired by a trip to India!



Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Wedu
Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand
 
Unlocking the leadership potential of women in Asia
 
Who are they?
Wedu selects women with interest in becoming change-makers in their communities and provides lifelong mentorship and affordable financial support to complete higher education.  Instead of a conventional loan, Wedu borrowers on Kiva agree to repay the financial support through a Future Income Sharing Agreement (FISA). With FISAs, students receive funding now and repay the investment only... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 BJ Benin, KE Kenya, NI Nicaragua, ZM Zambia, ZW Zimbabwe

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a Kiva Fellow? What sites do they see, what do they eat, and what is it like where they are? Kiva’s 24th class of fellows departed for their different locations around the world back in May of this year, and for many their time in the field has recently come to a close. Here are some of our favorite moments from the field to give you a taste of what these fellows have been up to:



Kiva Fellow Ayse Sabuncu stood at a landmark beauty, Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya in the local dialect of Tonga, meaning “ the smoke that...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Need to know:
This Saturday is International Day of the Girl, here's why gender equality is still incredibly important.
 

Old and new:
Modern architecture blending seamlessly around historical buildings.
 

Crayola evolution:
Colorful chart depicting how diverse crayon colors have become.
... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 IN India, ID Indonesia, KE Kenya, XK Kosovo, MW Malawi

Susan Lee, KF25 in Malawi

I have seen many beautiful things this week; amazing sunsets, cute children, delicious food but when I went to visit a group of villagers last week it was their 'gratitude' and sense of community that struck me as beautiful. It was something I 'felt'.
 
They had already been part of a successful dairy cow initiative and had been chosen for the new pig program between my field partner SSLLP, supported by Kiva.
 ...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Is there anything that duct tape doesn’t fix? Keep your trip intact with these duct tape solutions recommended by Kiva employees and volunteers.

 

1. Keep feet happy.


Applying duct tape to your heels will keep blisters at bay whether you’re backpacking in Peru, hiking Mount Kilimanjaro or urban hiking through any city.

 

2. Smell like a spring day (or at least don’t stink).


No clean...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KH Cambodia, SV El Salvador, IN India, US United States, VN Vietnam
Vardah Malik, KF25 in Vietnam

After visiting the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum in Hanoi, a colleague and I grabbed some street food. That's vermicelli noodles, tofu and spring rolls you're seeing. Delish.

Trista Li, KF25 in Chicago, USA

Pumpkins are in! Halloween is coming! Chicago is a town that is much charming!
 
I have to say that I had a great first week. The...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Healthy heart:
The health benefits of rock climbing go beyond the physical.

We can change:
Indoor air pollution kills 4 million a year but there are solutions.

The one thing I saved:
Powerful photoessay from Gaza.
 

Morning...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Photo by Flickr user Magalie L’Abbé

Make a delicious dinner of Khao Soi, inspired by a trip to Thailand. This dish is a balance in contrasts: a sweet-spicy coconut curry cut by a sour taste of pickled mustard greens; the smoothness of the noodles and tofu against the crunch of the sprouts, fried noodles, and onions. Get the recipe at Kiva's Medium page>


Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 IQ Iraq
News reports about Iraq are dominated by talk of conflict, bombings, casualties, and more conflict. But through the tragedy, there is hope. We are so inspired by the Iraqi women entrepreneurs who are taking out loans through Relief International, and are intent on bringing improvements and services to their communities regardless of the circumstances.

Meet Meada. She is an incredible woman taking steps to make life for Iraqi victims of violence a bit more bearable.  

A...

Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Photo by Flickr user Lyza Dange

Kivans travel a ton, for work and for fun, so we crowdsourced the best travel hacks our staff and...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Jet setter:
Where in the world has your iPhone 6 been?

Time vs Effort:
The mathematics of making a meal.
 

A brighter future:
Using lightbulbs to change lives.
 

Is this the real life, is this just fantasy?...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Updated September 26, 2014:
A ceasefire was declared between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in August, but Gaza is still dealing with a humanitarian crisis.  Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are displaced following the turmoil, according to the UN. More than 2,100 people were killed during the conflict in Gaza, many of them civilians, and more than 10,000 were wounded. All...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Innovation station:
These 7 healthcare innovations are saving lives.
 

Water crisis:
California is drying up before our eyes.

Sweet deal:
If you're donut lovers like us you'll love this...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Last week we welcomed our 25th Kiva Fellows class to the office for training. Fellows Week is always one of the most exciting weeks at the office and this time around proved no different. Our next class, KF25, is made up of 37 fellows and represents our most internationally diverse cohort ever, with representatives from 16 countries. Fellows Weeks is a whirlwind of activity, you can read a new fellow’s account here.
 
As they leave for their assignments in the field over the next week we wish them the best of luck – it’s an adventure of a lifetime they’...
Continue Reading >>
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 >>

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Blog posts tagged with microfinance

Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Pancake apes?
This dad teaches his kids about primates in a creative (and mesmerizing) manner.
 

New in tech:
Hoverboards are real. Real. Sign us up.
 

Amazing feats:
Would you plant a forest to save your home? This man in India is doing just that.
...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 GH Ghana, IN India, KE Kenya, US United States
Trista Li, KF25 in Chicago

"Every time we sell out!" - Nate
 
"My happiest moment is when I realize, I am here. Because every now and then I can get caught into the day to day stuff. But it is truly precious to be able to...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
By Jacob Saur and Nick Anderson
We are two Kiva employees based in the Bay Area -- Jacob is a software engineer and Nick is a product manager. We wanted to share a little about the recent trip we took to Medellin to visit a Kiva partner and several Kiva borrowers. ...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Check out these delicious cupcakes with a cardamom twist inspired by a trip to India!



Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Wedu
Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand
 
Unlocking the leadership potential of women in Asia
 
Who are they?
Wedu selects women with interest in becoming change-makers in their communities and provides lifelong mentorship and affordable financial support to complete higher education.  Instead of a conventional loan, Wedu borrowers on Kiva agree to repay the financial support through a Future Income Sharing Agreement (FISA). With FISAs, students receive funding now and repay the investment only... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 BJ Benin, KE Kenya, NI Nicaragua, ZM Zambia, ZW Zimbabwe
By Margo Brookfield

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a Kiva Fellow? What sites do they see, what do they eat, and what is it like where they are? Kiva’s 24th class of fellows departed for their different locations around the world back in May of this year, and for many their time in the field has recently come to a close. Here are some of our favorite moments from the field to give you a taste of what these fellows have been up to:



Kiva Fellow Ayse Sabuncu stood at a landmark beauty, Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya in the local dialect of Tonga, meaning “ the smoke that...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Need to know:
This Saturday is International Day of the Girl, here's why gender equality is still incredibly important.
 

Old and new:
Modern architecture blending seamlessly around historical buildings.
 

Crayola evolution:
Colorful chart depicting how diverse crayon colors have become.
... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 IN India, ID Indonesia, KE Kenya, XK Kosovo, MW Malawi

Susan Lee, KF25 in Malawi

I have seen many beautiful things this week; amazing sunsets, cute children, delicious food but when I went to visit a group of villagers last week it was their 'gratitude' and sense of community that struck me as beautiful. It was something I 'felt'.
 
They had already been part of a successful dairy cow initiative and had been chosen for the new pig program between my field partner SSLLP, supported by Kiva.
 ...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Is there anything that duct tape doesn’t fix? Keep your trip intact with these duct tape solutions recommended by Kiva employees and volunteers.

 

1. Keep feet happy.


Applying duct tape to your heels will keep blisters at bay whether you’re backpacking in Peru, hiking Mount Kilimanjaro or urban hiking through any city.

 

2. Smell like a spring day (or at least don’t stink).


No clean...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KH Cambodia, SV El Salvador, IN India, US United States, VN Vietnam
Vardah Malik, KF25 in Vietnam

After visiting the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum in Hanoi, a colleague and I grabbed some street food. That's vermicelli noodles, tofu and spring rolls you're seeing. Delish.

Trista Li, KF25 in Chicago, USA

Pumpkins are in! Halloween is coming! Chicago is a town that is much charming!
 
I have to say that I had a great first week. The...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Healthy heart:
The health benefits of rock climbing go beyond the physical.

We can change:
Indoor air pollution kills 4 million a year but there are solutions.

The one thing I saved:
Powerful photoessay from Gaza.
 

Morning...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Photo by Flickr user Magalie L’Abbé

Make a delicious dinner of Khao Soi, inspired by a trip to Thailand. This dish is a balance in contrasts: a sweet-spicy coconut curry cut by a sour taste of pickled mustard greens; the smoothness of the noodles and tofu against the crunch of the sprouts, fried noodles, and onions. Get the recipe at Kiva's Medium page>


Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 IQ Iraq
News reports about Iraq are dominated by talk of conflict, bombings, casualties, and more conflict. But through the tragedy, there is hope. We are so inspired by the Iraqi women entrepreneurs who are taking out loans through Relief International, and are intent on bringing improvements and services to their communities regardless of the circumstances.

Meet Meada. She is an incredible woman taking steps to make life for Iraqi victims of violence a bit more bearable.  

A...

Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Photo by Flickr user Lyza Dange

Kivans travel a ton, for work and for fun, so we crowdsourced the best travel hacks our staff and...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Jet setter:
Where in the world has your iPhone 6 been?

Time vs Effort:
The mathematics of making a meal.
 

A brighter future:
Using lightbulbs to change lives.
 

Is this the real life, is this just fantasy?...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Updated September 26, 2014:
A ceasefire was declared between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in August, but Gaza is still dealing with a humanitarian crisis.  Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are displaced following the turmoil, according to the UN. More than 2,100 people were killed during the conflict in Gaza, many of them civilians, and more than 10,000 were wounded. All...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Innovation station:
These 7 healthcare innovations are saving lives.
 

Water crisis:
California is drying up before our eyes.

Sweet deal:
If you're donut lovers like us you'll love this...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Last week we welcomed our 25th Kiva Fellows class to the office for training. Fellows Week is always one of the most exciting weeks at the office and this time around proved no different. Our next class, KF25, is made up of 37 fellows and represents our most internationally diverse cohort ever, with representatives from 16 countries. Fellows Weeks is a whirlwind of activity, you can read a new fellow’s account here.
 
As they leave for their assignments in the field over the next week we wish them the best of luck – it’s an adventure of a lifetime they’...
Continue Reading >>
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 >>

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