Blog posts tagged with women

Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


This the second of our stories in our series spotlighting U.S. businesses in celebration of Independence Day.

“After years of working for someone else, I decided it was time to pursue my dream of bringing the food of my childhood to my new home.”

You can tell Guadalupe is a passionate woman from the moment you place your order at El Pipila. She is constantly moving around assembling the plates, but keeping an eye on everything that’s going on, making sure everyone receives the best service.

Her passion comes in... 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.

Najah, whose name means “Success” in Arabic, comes from a Bedouin background and is now a successful business woman herself. She raises sheep and goats and sells milk and meat.

She lives with her 5 children in a refugee camp near Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world, in the West Bank. Her husband lives most of the week in Israel due to his work, so she runs the household and the business...

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.

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...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Thanks to your generosity, Kiva had a record-breaking International Women's Day celebration to support women around the world! In 1 week, Kiva lenders and supporters funded nearly $4.5 million in loans to women, and $2.7 million on International Women's Day alone.

More loans were funded on International Women's Day 2016 than on any other day in Kiva's history!

More than 40,000 lenders participated during the week, and more than 14,000 women borrowers were successfully funded. 

Kiva lenders helped activate $1 million in... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This is the fourth in our ‘Invest in her, invest in change’ series celebrating the power of women entrepreneurs around the world. Join Kiva in crowdfunding ... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


There’s been so much talk lately about standing with women -- as strong voices in Hollywood, as leaders in business and as the backbone of communities.

But there’s a way you can take action, to send a message and empower women and girls around the world who just want the opportunity to build better lives for themselves.

In every corner of the globe... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Reporting and photos by Tess Murphy

 

...

Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2015 ZW Zimbabwe


Nomatter buys fresh fish straight from local fishermen, then hauls her purchase 8 km to her home where she dries and processes them. She's one of the many successful business women who have taken out Kiva loans through our Field Partner Camfed in Zimbabwe. Read her story at Kiva's Medium page! 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 >>
Nov 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Nexus Carbon for Development
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
 
Creating sustainable, low-carbon pathways towards poverty alleviation
 
Who are they?
Nexus offers carbon-financing services to small and medium businesses in developing countries.  Nexus has committed to provide clean energy to 20 million people in developing countries and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million tons CO2eq by 2020.
 
 
You’ll love them if… you’re a fan of sustainable... 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 >>
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
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 >>
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 >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
We can’t wait for someone else to change the world. It’s our turn now. Kiva is teaming up with three new partners who create opportunity for all the the hard-working students, helpful neighbors, and independent women out there. These partners create the real changes we need to have a better world!

Check out Kiva’s amazing new partners in Africa:

LIVING GOODS
Kenya and Uganda

Delivers Clean Cook Stoves, Water Filters, and Solar Energy

Who are they?
Living Goods is a non-...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

When we invest in women, communities are healthier and safer. Fewer people are malnourished, education is prioritized and incomes increase across the board.


... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
In June, we launched a program called WLIFT with our field partner Relief International in Iraq and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. We had one goal: To help women business owners in the country get the funding they need to grow their businesses and incomes -- and hire more people in their communities. 

Small businesses are at the heart of healthy economic growth. And this is especially true in Iraq right now. What really inspires us, however, is just how truly phenomenal the women posted as Kiva borrowers through Relief International are. Just... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2013 KV Kiva HQ



On Kiva, it's clear that women play a full range of roles: mothers, sisters, entrepreneurs, community leaders, activists, the list goes on. We see women every day acting on behalf of their communities, becoming the driving force behind business, education and agriculture.

Today, we celebrate the Day of the Girl Child, presenting us all with the opportunity to help young women thrive and grow up to be successful at whatever path they choose. This international day of reflection is all about considering gender equality, and the ways we can act together to...

Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva loves supporting female entrepreneurs around the world. When women gain access to finance, they become independent and self-reliant. They tend to manage their household finances more carefully, start and expand their businesses, and save money for their childrens’ education. This kicks off an incredible cycle of change for entire communities.

Fundacion Namaste Guatemeya joins our growing list of partners that specifically focus on women’s entrepreneurship in rural areas. That is why we are so thrilled to announce a long awaited partnership with this... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2013 KV Kiva HQ


While microfinance has become a powerful tool to fight poverty around the world, it leaves out a critical category of businesses that have the potential to create jobs and breakout growth in developing economies: Small and medium enterprises (SMEs for short).

One country where this is especially true is Iraq. Still in the early stages of recovery from the war, the country needs SMEs to build a strong foundation for healthy economic growth. At the same time, cultural restrictions and domestic norms in Iraq have vastly reduced the number of career... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
No larger than the state of Maryland, Rwanda is a small landlocked nation in the heart of Africa. Full of lakes and very mountainous, it is a beautiful country with just over 12 million inhabitants.



Today, some consider it Africa’s “biggest success story,” but just 19 short years ago the nation was haunted by one of the most horrific genocides in history.

1994 GENOCIDE

Unfortunately, when one thinks of Rwanda perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is its tragic history of genocide. Prompted by decades... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
Mothers are incredibly powerful. Not only do they give life, they give their children the foundation they need to live healthy, successful, happy lives. When you give a mother the tools she needs to do these things, there’s no limit to what she can accomplish.



Did you know that outside of the agricultural sector, in both developed and developing countries, women on average still earn less than 78% of the wages paid to men for the same work? This is a gap that refuses to close in even the most developed countries -- leaving millions of women... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
Providing loans in the Palestinian Territories is clearly very challenging. The people who live there face both high levels of poverty and scarce employment opportunities. Given this environment, we at Kiva are pleased to work with responsible and effective partners to deliver loans in both the West Bank and Gaza.

Today, we work with two of the most impactful microfinance institutions in the region, and Kiva lenders have made over $5 million in loans to more than 2,800 borrowers with their help. Noman (pictured below) is one of them who was able to improve his livelihood.
... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
Water is at the root of everything. Our environment, socio-economic development, poverty reduction, and the fulfillment of the most basic human needs all depend on it.

Yet in 2013, about one-ninth of our world’s population -- 780 million people -- lack access to clean water. And about 3.4 million of these people die annually as a result.



So ten years ago today, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 as World Water Day -- a day for the whole world to focus attention on the importance of clean, accessible water.

Each year... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
Decades of intermittent unrest and reconstruction have left Lebanon's economy deep in debt and relatively unstable. We're proud that Kiva's presence in the country has helped -- even in just small ways -- to rebuild the economy via small business growth. 

To date, Kiva lenders have made nearly 7,500 loans totaling over $9.5 million in Lebanon via two local microfinance partners.

The Al Majmoua Lebanese Association for Development is the leading microfinance institution in Lebanon in terms of the number of clients it serves. One reason that it was... Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with women

Jun 6, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


This the second of our stories in our series spotlighting U.S. businesses in celebration of Independence Day.

“After years of working for someone else, I decided it was time to pursue my dream of bringing the food of my childhood to my new home.”

You can tell Guadalupe is a passionate woman from the moment you place your order at El Pipila. She is constantly moving around assembling the plates, but keeping an eye on everything that’s going on, making sure everyone receives the best service.

Her passion comes in... 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.

Najah, whose name means “Success” in Arabic, comes from a Bedouin background and is now a successful business woman herself. She raises sheep and goats and sells milk and meat.

She lives with her 5 children in a refugee camp near Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world, in the West Bank. Her husband lives most of the week in Israel due to his work, so she runs the household and the business...

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.

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...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Thanks to your generosity, Kiva had a record-breaking International Women's Day celebration to support women around the world! In 1 week, Kiva lenders and supporters funded nearly $4.5 million in loans to women, and $2.7 million on International Women's Day alone.

More loans were funded on International Women's Day 2016 than on any other day in Kiva's history!

More than 40,000 lenders participated during the week, and more than 14,000 women borrowers were successfully funded. 

Kiva lenders helped activate $1 million in... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This is the fourth in our ‘Invest in her, invest in change’ series celebrating the power of women entrepreneurs around the world. Join Kiva in crowdfunding ... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


There’s been so much talk lately about standing with women -- as strong voices in Hollywood, as leaders in business and as the backbone of communities.

But there’s a way you can take action, to send a message and empower women and girls around the world who just want the opportunity to build better lives for themselves.

In every corner of the globe... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Reporting and photos by Tess Murphy

 

...

Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2015 ZW Zimbabwe


Nomatter buys fresh fish straight from local fishermen, then hauls her purchase 8 km to her home where she dries and processes them. She's one of the many successful business women who have taken out Kiva loans through our Field Partner Camfed in Zimbabwe. Read her story at Kiva's Medium page! 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 >>
Nov 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Nexus Carbon for Development
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
 
Creating sustainable, low-carbon pathways towards poverty alleviation
 
Who are they?
Nexus offers carbon-financing services to small and medium businesses in developing countries.  Nexus has committed to provide clean energy to 20 million people in developing countries and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million tons CO2eq by 2020.
 
 
You’ll love them if… you’re a fan of sustainable... 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 >>
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
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 >>
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 >>
Jul 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
We can’t wait for someone else to change the world. It’s our turn now. Kiva is teaming up with three new partners who create opportunity for all the the hard-working students, helpful neighbors, and independent women out there. These partners create the real changes we need to have a better world!

Check out Kiva’s amazing new partners in Africa:

LIVING GOODS
Kenya and Uganda

Delivers Clean Cook Stoves, Water Filters, and Solar Energy

Who are they?
Living Goods is a non-...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

When we invest in women, communities are healthier and safer. Fewer people are malnourished, education is prioritized and incomes increase across the board.


... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
In June, we launched a program called WLIFT with our field partner Relief International in Iraq and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. We had one goal: To help women business owners in the country get the funding they need to grow their businesses and incomes -- and hire more people in their communities. 

Small businesses are at the heart of healthy economic growth. And this is especially true in Iraq right now. What really inspires us, however, is just how truly phenomenal the women posted as Kiva borrowers through Relief International are. Just... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2013 KV Kiva HQ



On Kiva, it's clear that women play a full range of roles: mothers, sisters, entrepreneurs, community leaders, activists, the list goes on. We see women every day acting on behalf of their communities, becoming the driving force behind business, education and agriculture.

Today, we celebrate the Day of the Girl Child, presenting us all with the opportunity to help young women thrive and grow up to be successful at whatever path they choose. This international day of reflection is all about considering gender equality, and the ways we can act together to...

Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva loves supporting female entrepreneurs around the world. When women gain access to finance, they become independent and self-reliant. They tend to manage their household finances more carefully, start and expand their businesses, and save money for their childrens’ education. This kicks off an incredible cycle of change for entire communities.

Fundacion Namaste Guatemeya joins our growing list of partners that specifically focus on women’s entrepreneurship in rural areas. That is why we are so thrilled to announce a long awaited partnership with this... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2013 KV Kiva HQ


While microfinance has become a powerful tool to fight poverty around the world, it leaves out a critical category of businesses that have the potential to create jobs and breakout growth in developing economies: Small and medium enterprises (SMEs for short).

One country where this is especially true is Iraq. Still in the early stages of recovery from the war, the country needs SMEs to build a strong foundation for healthy economic growth. At the same time, cultural restrictions and domestic norms in Iraq have vastly reduced the number of career... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
No larger than the state of Maryland, Rwanda is a small landlocked nation in the heart of Africa. Full of lakes and very mountainous, it is a beautiful country with just over 12 million inhabitants.



Today, some consider it Africa’s “biggest success story,” but just 19 short years ago the nation was haunted by one of the most horrific genocides in history.

1994 GENOCIDE

Unfortunately, when one thinks of Rwanda perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is its tragic history of genocide. Prompted by decades... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
Mothers are incredibly powerful. Not only do they give life, they give their children the foundation they need to live healthy, successful, happy lives. When you give a mother the tools she needs to do these things, there’s no limit to what she can accomplish.



Did you know that outside of the agricultural sector, in both developed and developing countries, women on average still earn less than 78% of the wages paid to men for the same work? This is a gap that refuses to close in even the most developed countries -- leaving millions of women... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
Providing loans in the Palestinian Territories is clearly very challenging. The people who live there face both high levels of poverty and scarce employment opportunities. Given this environment, we at Kiva are pleased to work with responsible and effective partners to deliver loans in both the West Bank and Gaza.

Today, we work with two of the most impactful microfinance institutions in the region, and Kiva lenders have made over $5 million in loans to more than 2,800 borrowers with their help. Noman (pictured below) is one of them who was able to improve his livelihood.
... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
By Emily Wakefield
Water is at the root of everything. Our environment, socio-economic development, poverty reduction, and the fulfillment of the most basic human needs all depend on it.

Yet in 2013, about one-ninth of our world’s population -- 780 million people -- lack access to clean water. And about 3.4 million of these people die annually as a result.



So ten years ago today, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 as World Water Day -- a day for the whole world to focus attention on the importance of clean, accessible water.

Each year... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
Decades of intermittent unrest and reconstruction have left Lebanon's economy deep in debt and relatively unstable. We're proud that Kiva's presence in the country has helped -- even in just small ways -- to rebuild the economy via small business growth. 

To date, Kiva lenders have made nearly 7,500 loans totaling over $9.5 million in Lebanon via two local microfinance partners.

The Al Majmoua Lebanese Association for Development is the leading microfinance institution in Lebanon in terms of the number of clients it serves. One reason that it was... Continue Reading >>

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