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Oct 20, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
These are the stories of everyday-ideas transformed. Read about photography as a tool for healing, a musical tradition brought back to life or an artist who uses New York City to discuss the influx of global refugees all in our favorite links of the week, below:


Empowering girls rescued from child marriage


Volunteering keeps older minds sharp


Meet the artist single-handedly reviving a dying form of music


Talk about freshness


Must-see locations of Ai Weiwei's expansive...
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Oct 19, 2017 LS Lesotho
The solar-powered cookstoves produced and distributed by Kiva partner African Clean Energy are no ordinary cookstoves: they cut fuel consumption, create healthier air in homes and feature a USB outlet to charge cellphones or run LED lamps.
 
For some families in Lesotho these innovative cookstoves are the only source of power in their homes. 
 
“This particular cookstove is brilliant because the USB plugin and solar panel is a HUGE help in initially winning people over,” said Chelsa Bocci, Senior Director of...
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Oct 19, 2017
The solar-powered cookstoves produced and distributed by Kiva partner African Clean Energy are no ordinary cookstoves: they cut fuel consumption, create healthier air in homes and feature a USB outlet to charge cellphones or run LED lamps.
 
For some families in Lesotho these innovative cookstoves are the only source of power in their homes. 
 
“This particular cookstove is brilliant because the USB plugin and solar panel is a HUGE help in initially winning people over,” said Chelsa Bocci, Senior Director of...
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Oct 7, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
These stories represent the efforts of innovative people to change narratives and re-think the status quo. In doing so, they are able to create solutions like providing power to a town without electricity, reimagining what beauty can look like and so much more. Check out all 5 stories below:
 


A 4-year mission to present a new vision of beauty


Scientists have made biodegradable plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide




Hospital allows kids to drive themselves to the operating room 
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Sep 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Take a close look around and you can always find something that inspires you and fills life with joy. Read the following stories to see how you can finally live out your childhood dream of speaking in an animal language or read the 50 reasons why others love the world we all share. 


Send messages to your friends in "elephant" through a new website, which helps raise awareness for elephant conservation


Vitually explore food markets in 7 different cities across the world in under 2 minutes 


Beer-brewing monks help rebuild a... Continue Reading >>
Aug 31, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Earlier this year, Kiva’s Global Engagement Manager, Jessica Hansen, gave a TEDx Talk to a packed house about the power of “we” and connection via technology. 

 


We love this concept so much we asked Jessica to share more about the intersection of human empathy, technology and global change:

Q: What do you...
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Aug 30, 2017 HT Haiti

When your beauty brand has fans like Whole Foods and Sephora, you know you’re doing something right. When you’re able to make those beauty products in a socially impactful way, that creates jobs and improves the environment, you’re doing something extraordinary.
 
For Yve-Car, the CEO and co-founder of successful social enterprise Kreyol Essence, that extraordinary journey all began with a hair catastrophe.
 
After going to a beautician in Philadelphia in 2008 who burned her hair, Yve-Car searched high and low for black...
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Aug 29, 2017 SL Sierra Leone
On August 14, Sierra Leone suffered a devastating natural disaster. Mudslides and flooding occurred within Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, that destroyed a large amount of the city’s homes and infrastructure and took many lives. Various news sources now report that the rain-induced devastation caused between 600 and 1,000 people to lose their lives or become seriously injured. 
 
Kiva is deeply saddened to hear of the hardships that the country is undergoing, and has reached out to our Field Partners in Sierra Leone to see how we can support...
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Aug 27, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Whether it's women gathering to prevent injustices or a man fulfilling a lofty dream, below are stories of how people use their resources and circumstances to create something meaningful. Check out all 5 below:



An all-women police force tackles sexual harassment in India


Brain injury survivors share self-portraits: "Art helped me tell my story"


The sweet-maker teaching Google about creativity


22 girls in Queens form first homeless Girl Scout troop

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Aug 17, 2017 GH Ghana

 
A mark of a truly impactful organization is the ability to influence multiple aspects of a community’s well-being with one action. iDE Ghana is aiming to do just that, with an unlikely tool: toilets!
 
The nonprofit works in the rural regions of northern Ghana to help improve financial access, nutrition, gender equality, resilience to climate change and sanitation. 
 
Kiva recently partnered with iDE Ghana to implement the SAMA SAMA toilet project, which  aims to...
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