Ian Matthews

Ian Matthews is an intern on Kiva’s Strategic Initiatives team, looking for new partners and loan products to extend opportunities and access to even more people around the world. Ian has an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has previously done field work in Honduras.

Kiva Blog Updates

May 22, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
 
 
David Letterman once said, “If it weren’t for coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality at all.”
 
I think we can all agree that the day would be a mighty struggle without a mug of our morning pick-me-up. Folgers or Starbucks -- it almost doesn’t matter as long as it has caffeine and lots of it.
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May 15, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
 
Energy drives every aspect of our lives. Lighting, refrigeration, hot water, and stoves are so pervasive that they almost fade from our daily consciousness. Yet, in many developing countries, an enormous fraction of the population has no access to sustainable energy.

This lack of access keeps people poor. Thus the term energy poverty.

Almost every daily task -- from preparing food to doing laundry to fetching water... Continue Reading >>
May 8, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
 

Raise your hand if you (or your parents) have an outstanding student loan. Okay, now put your hand down -- people are starting to stare.

Probably about two-thirds of you raised your hand if you went to college in the United States. That means that two-thirds of you are accustomed to the excruciating realization that, after years of monthly payments, your balance never goes down.

Now, imagine for a second what... Continue Reading >>
May 1, 2012 KV Kiva HQ


Money is power -- and the way we use it has consequences

When you're scanning the aisles of your local super market or checking for sizes at the department store, it's easy to forget that everything we buy has been produced by someone. Even with my background in development, I rarely think about the individuals who planted, tended and picked my coffee, or sewed my underwear. More importantly, I forget that they only earn a small share of the money that I spend to buy those things.

But...
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Mar 27, 2012 KV Kiva HQ



Poop kills.

If you’re wondering whether I’ve lost my mind, I haven’t: it kills by the millions. On average, 1.8 million people die every year from diarrheal disease caused by poor sanitation and contaminated water supplies. Ninety percent of these deaths are children under five.

The World Health Organization (WHO) registers more than 2 billion cases of diarrheal disease every year, with the most acute cases affecting children under two years old in the... Continue Reading >>
Mar 21, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
 
This is part of a larger series on Kiva’s strategic initiatives and innovative loan products, which are designed to expand opportunities for more borrowers. Kiva is excited to partner with companies and organizations innovating in the agricultural sector to support farmers and increase productivity -- read on for more.

Agriculture is the No. 1 source of income for most of the world’s poor. In Africa, it provides two-thirds of all employment. And for the 75% of impoverished people living in rural communities, it is often the only industry that can... Continue Reading >>
Mar 6, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
This is part of a larger series on Kiva’s strategic initiatives and innovative loan products, which are designed to expand opportunities for more borrowers. Kiva is looking to partner with companies or organizations working to expand access to clean, sustainable energy.



2012 is officially the “International Year of Sustainable Energy for All,” as pronounced by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Yet today, 1.5 billion people (every one in five) have no access to electricity, while double that rely on wood, charcoal, coal or animal... Continue Reading >>
Feb 28, 2012 KV Kiva HQ

This is part of a larger series on Kiva's strategic initiatives and innovative loan products, which are designed to expand opportunities for more borrowers. Kiva has partnered with Kenya's Strathmore University to fund loans for tuition and laptops -- helping to narrow the higher education gap discussed in detail in this blog post.

All countries -- industrialized and developing alike -- are facing the same challenge: How to target funding to maximize growth?

One accepted... Continue Reading >>

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