Kiva Blog Update

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$1 billion in change: How Kiva went from nonprofit startup to global force for good

Kiva is on the verge of funding $1 billion in life-changing loans to people around the world. This is the first in a two-part series tracing Kiva’s path from nonprofit startup to nonprofit unicorn pushing the boundaries of lending. There’s a persistent, toxic myth that people living in poverty don’t want to work, that they don’t dream of and strive for more, and that their lives are to ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

What does $1 billion in change look like?

Kiva is on the verge of funding $1 billion in life-changing loans to people around the world. This is the second in a two-part series tracing Kiva’s path from nonprofit startup and crowdfunding pioneer to a global force for good, pushing the boundaries of lending. Sometimes the problems in the world feel so big, it’s hard to imagine any individual can make a dent. In those moments of paraly ...

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Above and beyond the call: Mamacitas Cafe

Small businesses usually wait until they’re profitable before they try to do good. But Mamacitas Cafe, a local restaurant in Oakland, Calif., incorporated social responsibility into their DNA from the start.    “The model is really our core mission. The whole reason for starting the business was to create jobs and leadership opportunities for young women in the community,” Shana, ...

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After fleeing war across 8 countries, a tailor pursues his dream

This is part of our World Refugee Day series honoring Kiva borrowers who made the incredible journey from refugee to entrepreneur. For Kone, a designer and tailor, achieving his dream of owning his own business in Nairobi has been a long journey, both mentally and physically. In 2002, he was the proud owner of a stable and prosperous tailoring business in his native Côte d’Ivoire ...

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Finding a green, local solution to a deadly household chore

It’s early evening and the sun is glowing, low and golden, above a homestead located a 3-hour drive from Cape Coast, Ghana. The air has cooled just enough for Grace and her family to start cooking their dinner over an open fire. Tonight they are making gravy and yams, and crushing together tomatoes and garden eggs, a popular type of eggplant.   At regular intervals Grace and h ...

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  1. Kiva Fellows Update

    The ice cream business with scoops of heart, family and hard work

    On a hot and humid Santa Maria afternoon, it seemed only fitting to visit Domingo, who is an ice cream maker in the Philippines. We left the van on the road and walked down the dirt path, navigating mud puddles enroute to his neighborhood. Along the way, there was colorful laundry hanging on fences, neighbors washing up and kids playing while curiously watching us. We arrived at Domingo’s…

    Posted by Lauren Coberly

  2. Kiva Blog Update

    iDE Ghana is tackling unemployment and environmental health with toilets

      A mark of a truly impactful organization is the ability to influence multiple aspects of a community’s well-being with one action. iDE Ghana is aiming to do just that, with an unlikely tool: toilets!   The nonprofit works in the rural regions of northern Ghana to help improve financial access, nutrition, gender equality, resilience to climate change and sanitation.    Kiva…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  3. Kiva Fellows Update

    My Circumspection for Circumcision, or An Unexpected Party in Tajikistan

    I must admit, I never expected to have a good time at a circumcision party.  I suppose it helped greatly that the circumcision was not my own, and in fact the deed itself occurred after the party.  Let me back up a bit and explain.   I arrived in Tajikistan full of optimism and energy, eager to start my job as a Kiva Fellow. After a few surprises at the airport, I arrived a day…

    Posted by Kevin Dougherty

  4. Kiva Blog Update

    Links we like: 9-year-olds at Nasa, trashy popsicles and lumber-filled luxury

    When people have bold ideas, the world notices. Take a look at the stories below to see how people everywhere, from fourth graders to 60-year-old adventurers, are trying to change the world by daring to be bold.  Saving the world from aliens and vice versa: 9-year-old Jack tells NASA he should be their next planetary protection officer Conservation commentary:  3 students make popsicles…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  5. Kiva Fellows Update

    Community store fosters peace & economic opportunity in post-conflict Colombia

    Drive about 1.5 hours east of the up-and-coming metropolis of Medellín, and you’ll find yourself on tranquil mountain roads in Cocorná, dotted with family farms and handmade houses. Keep your eyes peeled, because Tienda de Paz San Jose doesn’t look like much at first glance. It’s a one-story brick building perched on a hill, seemingly indistinguishable from countless other roadside pit stops in…

    Posted by Julie Pfeffer

  6. Kiva Fellows Update

    Chocolate

    I have been in Costa Rica for two weeks and so far I’ve been to a wedding, a baptism, and a birthday party. Taiwan may be the newly crowned World’s Friendliest Country, but I’d say that Costa Rica gives it some heavy competition. I had heard something of Tico hospitality before arriving, but I had brushed it off as one of those things that every culture lays claim to, just as…

    Posted by Becca Levine

  7. Kiva Fellows Update

    The New Cleopatras: A visit with Egypt's Female Entrepreneurs

    I had the privilege of being Kiva’s first fellow to work with Together Association for Development and Environment (TADE), our only partner in Egypt. TADE is based in the Minya governate, known locally as the “Bride of Upper Egypt.”  Minya's Nile corniche, the longest in all of Egypt Before arriving, all I knew about Minya came from headlines of vicious extremist attacks targeting…

    Posted by Omar Khraishah

  8. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva launches multi-million dollar World Refugee Fund on World Refugee Day

    In honor of World Refugee Day on June 20, people across the globe are coming together on Kiva to crowdfund $500,000 in loans for refugees, displaced peoples and their host communities – helping them move beyond emergency aid to regain some stability and build for the future. The loans are used to help refugees, displaced peoples and host communities start or expand a business, increase incomes…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  9. Kiva Blog Update

    What does $1 billion in change look like?

    Kiva is on the verge of funding $1 billion in life-changing loans to people around the world. This is the second in a two-part series tracing Kiva’s path from nonprofit startup and crowdfunding pioneer to a global force for good, pushing the boundaries of lending. Sometimes the problems in the world feel so big, it’s hard to imagine any individual can make a dent. In those moments of paralysis…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  10. Kiva Blog Update

    $1 billion in change: How Kiva went from nonprofit startup to global force for good

    Kiva is on the verge of funding $1 billion in life-changing loans to people around the world. This is the first in a two-part series tracing Kiva’s path from nonprofit startup to nonprofit unicorn pushing the boundaries of lending. There’s a persistent, toxic myth that people living in poverty don’t want to work, that they don’t dream of and strive for more, and that their lives are to be…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  11. Kiva Blog Update

    Above and beyond the call: Mamacitas Cafe

    Small businesses usually wait until they’re profitable before they try to do good. But Mamacitas Cafe, a local restaurant in Oakland, Calif., incorporated social responsibility into their DNA from the start.    “The model is really our core mission. The whole reason for starting the business was to create jobs and leadership opportunities for young women in the community,” Shana, one of…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich

  12. Kiva Fellows Update

    We have a newbie in the Kiva family: MEC Aprovag brings microloans to banana farmers!

    MEC Aprovag team Tambacounda, Senegal. Never heard of that place? No worries, I hadn’t either until Kiva sent me to welcome our latest addition in the family, review their operations and help them launch their first agriculture loans on Kiva. The last 5 weeks were such an inspiring adventure, with an amazing team. And so please join me in welcoming MEC Aprovag as a new Kiva field…

    Posted by Marie Le Page

  13. Kiva Fellows Update

    Lebanon: Resilience, Community, and Hospitality

    Visiting Borrowers in Biet Ed-Deen, Lebanon When I told my friends and family that I was leaving my job in Washington D.C. to move to Lebanon as a Kiva Fellow, I got the same reaction from everyone: is it safe? Isn’t that near Syria? What's there?  Very few Americans know about Lebanon, and even those who do only know it through the lens of the media: images of war-torn buildings and a…

    Posted by Priya Vithani

  14. Kiva Blog Update

    Lender Field Trip: Mexico City, Guest Blog #4: Dignity, Connection and Passion - The Kiva Way

    This is part 4 of a 4 part series about Kiva's very first Lender Field trip to Mexico City in February 2017. The author, lender Sonia, is an ordained minister in California who is married with three kids. Sonia is an advocate for affordable housing, after school programs and immigrant rights in Los Angeles County, but remains very passionate about stewardship in the global community. When I…

    Posted by Catherine Cocke

  15. Kiva Blog Update

    7 reasons to become a Kiva borrower in the US

    Kiva US supports thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners in America with microloans ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. With 0% interest and no collateral required, Kiva’s platform offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs in the United States What could your business do with an extra $10,000? How many improvements could be made? Many entrepreneurs across the country are…

    Posted by Maria Oliveira-Tamellini

  16. Kiva Fellows Update

    A lesson taught by Learner Guides

    Today, we are heading off to Morogoro, name given to both the town and its larger district. In fact, our journey ends in a rustic village called Kisemu. Located an eight-hour drive away from Dar-es-salaam, the main economic city that concentrates 90% of Tanzania's wealth, our destination has fair chances to be contrastingly remote and poor.   Once we arrive there, not without trouble as the…

    Posted by Victor Prevot

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    A styleguide for Kiva - now open source

    From mid-2015 through mid-2016, Kiva’s product, design and engineering teams took on a sizeable, 3-part challenge:   -- Merge the functionality and content of a separate, “beta” website – Kiva Zip – into Kiva’s main lending website -- Make Kiva’s lending website “responsive” (i.e. easy to use across a spectrum of devices from phones to desktops) -- Apply a major visual design and…

    Posted by Jim Edlin

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    Lender Field Trip, Mexico City: Guest Blog #3, Where change can happen with pig skins & poop

    For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders were extended the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. Recently, 7 lenders visited 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It was a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close. This post is the…

    Posted by Catherine Cocke

  19. Kiva Fellows Update

    Thank you Kiva

    Posted by Lynnet Mlambo

  20. Kiva Fellows Update

    I, Tsilaviniaina 2/2

    Of Youth, Entrepreneurship and Resilience in Madagascar     Tsilaviniaina in front of his gargote 'After a few weeks, I knew I would never see my stock ever again. I resigned myself to ask for help. So, I went to see my father’s family to ask for a small lump sum to help me to go back into business. They don't have much either, but in front of my despair, everyone put something in…

    Posted by Marie Le Page