Kiva Blog Updates

Dec 2, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
Nuru is a Kiswahili word meaning light and -- started in the West Kuria district of Kenya -- Nuru International (Nuru) is living up to its name, shining a little light on some of the most underserved and remote rural areas of East Africa. Under The Nuru Model, communities have access to agricultural input loans, alongside education, healthcare and leadership resources. As it expands its reach further into East Africa, Nuru aims to end extreme poverty in remote areas -- within our lifetime.

At Kiva we are proud and excited to offer our lender community the chance to... Continue Reading >>
Nov 25, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
In a country where close to 4.3% of the population, or 137,000 people, are affected by disability, Suela -- a young entrepreneur with a physical disability -- envisions a space where young differently-abled individuals are able to socialize, participate in cultural activities, and access work opportunities without barriers.

Since winning the Albanian Social Business Competition run by Yunus Social Business (YSB) in January 2013, Suela and her partners have been hard at work making their vision into a reality. The resulting social business initiative is E Jona, a... Continue Reading >>
Oct 25, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
They say that when you invest in a woman, you invest in an entire community. Today, families and communities across the developing world are experiencing the ripple effect of women’s empowerment. In a region severely lacking in financial services, Kiva is proud to offer our lenders the opportunity to support women and their communities in West Bengal through our new partnership with Belghoria Janakalyan Samity (BJS)!

Since 2006, BJS has been working to promote the holistic development of underserved communities in West Bengal by empowering the women at the center of these... Continue Reading >>
Oct 22, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
Since declaring independence from Somalia in 1991, the people of Somaliland have been rebuilding their country and restoring hope within their communities. Kiva is excited to support students and recent graduates as they carve out new opportunities within their country through our new partnership with Kaaba Microfinance Institution (K-MFI)!

Founded in 1998, K-MFI is a brilliant microfinance institution that aims to help Somaliland flourish by supporting and empowering the country’s most vulnerable and most underserved groups. Fadumo Alin initiated the project... Continue Reading >>
Oct 20, 2013 BR Brazil
It's been a long time coming, and Kiva could not have asked for a better partner to launch our first loans with in Brazil! By providing underserved and entrepreneurial young people with credit, training and mentorship, Banco Pérola is making incredible strides in supporting those that should to be at the heart of Brazil’s current social transformation.

With next year’s World Cup right around the corner and the 2016 Olympic Games sprinting to Rio de Janeiro at the speed of light, Brazil’s rapidly expanding economy has been in the international... Continue Reading >>
Sep 20, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva is proud and excited to present to our lender community a new partnership with NOTS Lampe Solaire, bringing safe and affordable solar lamps to underserved populations across Mali! 
Since gaining its independence in 1960, Mali has been blighted by decades of droughts, rebellions and political instability that have left the country drained of its resources and desperately lacking in basic infrastructure. Today, more than half of the population lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 a day, while over 10 million Malians lack access...
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