Blog posts tagged with refugee

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

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 staff...

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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...

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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...

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Nov 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

     Amani is an independent female artist.  She has been working in the pottery business for two years buying plain pots and vases, decorating them, and then reselling them. She lives in Baqaa, a Palestinian refugee camp, and tells me its hard selling her goods in that area because the people there are very poor. Instead, she sells her work to stores in nearby Amman.
     Amani’s Kiva loan was meant to go towards opening her own store between Amman and Baqaa. Around the time she received the loan, her husband lost a significant amount of money... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
To conclude our Passport Series on Lebanon, we want to share a few inspiring borrower stories to remind you just how important and impactful your $25 can be.

Meet Hayat.

A 56 year-old wife and mother, Hayat lives in a refugee camp just outside of Beirut. But, as a Syrian refugee, she's not actually a Lebanese citizen.



Naturalization in Lebanon is almost impossible without marrying a Lebanese man -- and Hayat’s husband is also a non-citizen. This means that their children also live without registered IDs or... Continue Reading >>

Blog posts tagged with refugee

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

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 staff...

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 >>
Nov 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

     Amani is an independent female artist.  She has been working in the pottery business for two years buying plain pots and vases, decorating them, and then reselling them. She lives in Baqaa, a Palestinian refugee camp, and tells me its hard selling her goods in that area because the people there are very poor. Instead, she sells her work to stores in nearby Amman.
     Amani’s Kiva loan was meant to go towards opening her own store between Amman and Baqaa. Around the time she received the loan, her husband lost a significant amount of money... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
To conclude our Passport Series on Lebanon, we want to share a few inspiring borrower stories to remind you just how important and impactful your $25 can be.

Meet Hayat.

A 56 year-old wife and mother, Hayat lives in a refugee camp just outside of Beirut. But, as a Syrian refugee, she's not actually a Lebanese citizen.



Naturalization in Lebanon is almost impossible without marrying a Lebanese man -- and Hayat’s husband is also a non-citizen. This means that their children also live without registered IDs or... Continue Reading >>