Kate Heryford

Kiva Blog Updates

Dec 17, 2010
Kiva and Financial Access Institute (FAI), a consortium of leading development economists focused on substantially expanding access to quality financial services for low-income individuals, are partnering to bring you a three week educational series on the difference facets of microfinance! The full versions of these articles and the series are available on the FAI website. 

This week's blog is a basic introduction to the subject of microinsurance. Check out the past 101 blogs on microcredit... Continue Reading >>
Dec 14, 2010
This week in the Passport Series, we will give you a look into the Microfinance Industry in Mongolia. For more background, check out last week's Country Profile of Mongolia.

Microfinance in Mongolia has been around since the mid-1990's in various forms. As the country has progressed, its Microfinance Industry has taken many different shapes and explored some very interesting and innovative financing solutions; check out a post written by one of our Fellows on
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Dec 10, 2010


Kiva and Financial Access Institute (FAI), a consortium of leading development economists focused on substantially expanding access to quality financial services for low-income individuals, are partnering to bring you a three week educational series on the difference facets of microfinance! The full versions of these articles and the series are available on the FAI website. ...
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Dec 7, 2010
This month, the Passport Series will highlight Mongolia. Stay tuned for a look into the Microfinance sector and a lender profile!

For almost two years, Kiva has been working with field partners in Mongolia! This month we will be highlighting our partners and clients in the country through the Passport Series. Mongolia is a country in Northern Asia surrounded by Russia and China. It is slightly smaller than Alaska and has a population around 3 million.

Mongolians are traditionally nomadic families who live in "gers" (circular... Continue Reading >>
Dec 3, 2010
Kiva and Financial Access Institute (FAI), a consortium of leading development economists focused on substantially expanding access to quality financial services for low-income individuals, are partnering to bring you a three week educational series on the different facets of microfinance! We will explore the differences... Continue Reading >>
Dec 2, 2010
Bob Harris, author, journalist, and Kiva lender since 2009, is traveling the world and writing a book about his experiences as a Kiva lender. Bob is also the Team Captain of the Friends of Bob Harris lending team which finished November in 7th place Kiva-wide in Amount Loaned -- and is currently up to 4th place for December, with over $3000 loaned already! Check out his blog! This post, written for Kiva and posted on his own blog, catalogs his thoughts and experiences in Kenya.




I’m writing from Nairobi after an amazing lap around... Continue Reading >>
Nov 18, 2010

Written by: Kathy Lin, Kiva Fellow, VFC Rwanda


The noon-day heat of equatorial sun beat down on tin roofs and dirt roads. It...

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Nov 9, 2010
This week is the second week of our look into Rwanda with the Passport Series! Check out our Country Profile from last week!


Microfinance has been around since the 1970’s and has slowly been expanding to every corner of the world. The...

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Nov 2, 2010
All of us at Nau think Kiva’s business model is brilliant- from the lending to the story telling, to the concise and accurate mission statement. The unsurpassed growth of Kiva during the last 5 years is proof that people know a good thing when they see it. Like so many other donors, we’re committed to seeing Kiva continue this growth. For us, this means telling Kiva’s story to new audiences.

Our mission represents the collective values of the people working for and with the company. We apply our values to everything we do- from sustainability to labor practices and our belief that... Continue Reading >>
Nov 2, 2010
Rwanda is a beautiful, lush, tiny country in East Africa. This month we will feature Rwanda with weekly blog posts about the country, its MFIs, lenders to, and borrowers from this country! Kiva has partnerships with three MFI’s in Rwanda: Urwego Opportunity Bank , Vision Finance Company, and Amasezarano Community Banking, S.A.



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