Kiva Blog Updates
This story comes from Kibera, in Nairobi:
Pamela is a woman whose smile radiates confidence and joy. After the single mother found out she was HIV positive in 1999, that confidence was tested to the limits. But she was determined to continue to be a pillar of strength for her family and her community.
Pamela started treatment for HIV and founded a support group for women called the Kibera HIV/AIDS Support Initiative Program. She asked the...Continue Reading >>
Lourdes was only 18 when she says her world came crashing down around her. She had been working as a maid from the age of 14, contributing what little money she earned to her struggling mother and siblings.
Then she found out she was pregnant.
She was alone, cast aside by her family and the father of her child.
“I lost everything…my life totally changed with the pregnancy,” she says.
When her son, Victor, was born, Lourdes pieced together work, trying to keep their little family of 2 afloat....Continue Reading >>
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Biba, her class, and all of us at Kiva were blown away by the response to Biba's story of perseverance and spirit during a difficult battle with brain cancer. Nearly 3,700 lenders made a loan in Biba’s honor, raising $153,000 in loans for people around the world. Simply incredible.
Below is a thank you letter to lenders from Biba, who also shares the story of her inspirational students:
Several years ago, a few of my high schools students and I were sitting around after school discussing our desire to start a club that would utilize concepts we... Continue Reading >>
Q&A with Jomay Lui, Kiva's Senior Knowledge Manager
What do you do at Kiva?
I work on the Partnerships team, which is the team that finds, vets, trains and monitors our vast network of amazing Field Partners all over the world. I'm responsible for defining, standardizing, and documenting our processes and... Continue Reading >>
Eric and Monica work with Kiva's volunteers who do everything from translate loans for the site to visiting borrowers in the field. Our volunteers are truly incredible... Continue Reading >>
Kiva is thrilled to announce the addition of John Muller, PayPal's Vice President of Global Payments Policy, to our Board of Directors.
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1. Relive history and reflect on Nelson Mandela's legacy at Robben Island
2. Revel in the Kirstenbosch Gardens (called heaven on Earth and the most beautiful sight in the entire... Continue Reading >>