Channing first witnessed the ability of entrepreneurship to empower people while studying Spanish in Guatemala. Throughout college, she became interested in microfinance while working in business development in the Netherlands and studying the effects of tourism on Caribbean economies. After graduating from Principia College in 2018 with degrees in Political Science and Business, she began work for a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit and later found Kiva. She's passionate about communicating and sharing the work done at Kiva and elsewhere in the international development space. 

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Apr 22, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Jessica grew up in Manipur, India, and always dreamed of becoming a flight attendant. She believed that working in aviation would make her dreams come true. In a region where access to finance is difficult, this path is sometimes the only option to escape economic hardship. 

Jessica’s family faced many financial problems and depended on her father’s government employee salary to make ends meet. His income was not sufficient to support his three children in pursuit of professional fields. But that didn’t stop Jessica from pursuing her dream....

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Apr 15, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

While the majority of lenders on Kiva are adults, the desire to do good around the world is not limited to grown-ups. At the Town School for Boys in San Francisco, California, microfinance is a concept that the 6th graders are very familiar with. 

For over 7 years, Kiva has served as the platform for a year-long project undertaken by 6th-grade math students at the Town School. The team-based hands-on project teaches the boys about microfinance, financial literacy, and global awareness. 

First, the students are introduced to microfinance and learn...

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Apr 11, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Logging onto kiva.org is both exciting (wow look at all these borrowers!) and can be a bit overwhelming (wow, look at all these borrowers). Kiva funds loans in more than 80 different countries around the world through more than 300 Field Partners. Our borrowers are engaged in a wide variety of sectors and industries and they use their loans to benefit a wide range of causes. Lenders have lots of options! You can never go wrong - there's so much good to be done on our site - but here are a few ways you can engage with Kiva.org for a personally meaningful experience. ...

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Apr 8, 2019 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva loan applications are often not originally in English or are posted in countries where English is not the primary language.  A team of volunteers with the Review and Translation Program (RTP) edit, translate and review our loans from around the world. More than 400 volunteers from Munich to Nova Scotia dedicate their time to contribute to Kiva's work. In the past 3 months, our volunteers have reviewed more than 55,256 loans, averaging more than 18,400 per month. 

This quarter we are celebrating three of our incredible volunteers: Wendy, Barbara and Rita! All our... Continue Reading >>
Apr 3, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Here at Kiva, we love to celebrate our interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. And International Volunteer Week is a great opportunity to do just that! Halfway through the internship cycle, we sat down with a few of them to hear about their work and how their time at Kiva has impacted them. Read below to learn what it's like to be an intern at Kiva. Interested in growing with Kiva? Check out our professional development opportunities here. 
 

Avdeep Dhillon 

Impact Investing Team, San Francisco office ...

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Apr 1, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva loans reach more than 80 countries through more than 300 Field Partners across many different sectors. From education, agriculture and retail to refugees, women and students, Kiva loans benefit many different causes.  

Kiva’s diversity of loans lets lenders feel more connected to their giving by making loans to causes that resonate most with them. Lenders engage with Kiva in many different ways, whether that’s sharing their loans on social media or joining a team of like-minded lenders. 

Sherry Strong has developed her own unique relationship...

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Mar 25, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

“There’s potential for affecting a lot of people’s lives through agriculture,” said Natalie Miller, CEO of GreenFingers Mobile. “There are 250 million small farmers in Africa, but the number of people who depend on it for their livelihoods is 6 times that - so you’re looking at a big chunk of the population of Africa!” 

She’s right - 70% of the population of Africa earns a primary living from agriculture. About 90% of that segment represents subsistence farmers, producing crops mainly to feed their families and bringing in little to no additional income. 

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Mar 21, 2019 KV Kiva HQ
“Vas a sacar una foto de mi, no? Quiero que la gente de Kiva me conozca!”

Translated, “You’re going to take a picture of me, right? I want the people of Kiva to know me!”

These are the words of Maria’s 85-year-old mother, Rosa. She was the one who encouraged Maria to take out a loan from Kiva. 

Maria, 53, and her mother Rosa, 85, laugh together.

Rosa has been involved with Kiva’s Field Partner, Foundation Mario Santo Domingo (FMSD), for over 30 years. The...

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Mar 18, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

We love learning about new places and gathering the best tips we can to share in Kiva's 'Explore your world' series. 

Bali is on many people's travel bucket lists… and for a good reason! Bali’s rich Hindu culture is unique in majority-Muslim Indonesia and the island’s breathtaking landscape does not disappoint. Whether you’re fascinated by the island’s history, entranced by adorable monkeys or infatuated with beautiful beach scenes - Bali has something for everyone. Here are the top 20 can’t-miss activities to either help you start your planning or fuel...

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Mar 13, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

We love learning about new places and gathering the best tips we can to share in Kiva's 'Explore your world' series. 

If you’re looking for an exciting adventure for your 2019 vacation without breaking the bank, check out these best-value, more-affordable destinations. 

 

1. Iceland
Iceland: Svartifoss Cascade. Photo by Victor Montol

Iceland’s volcano eruption in 2010 brought the tiny island nation to...

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