Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Kiva welcomes new CEO: Neville Crawley

We are honored and excited to announce Neville Crawley as Kiva’s Chief Executive Officer. Neville brings nearly 2 decades of experience in global business and technology ventures, most recently as CEO of Quid, a platform that analyzes the world's collective intelligence to help answer strategic questions. “I’m thrilled to be joining Kiva and have the greatest respect and admiration for t ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Check out the Kiva holiday gift guide!

We have gift ideas for all the special people on your list! Shop borrower-made artisan goods, Kiva gear and donation sets available from the Kiva Store. Every purchase helps futher Kiva's mission and helps artisan borrowers.  Just click on the "fullscreen" icon in the bottom right of the guide to see a more detailed view.

Kiva Fellows Update

Kiva Fellows Update,

Homecoming: the future of internally displaced persons in Colombia

When you read the phrase “internally displaced persons,” what countries come to mind? I immediately think of Syria and Iraq. If pressed, I can think of a few more: South Sudan, perhaps Somalia and Pakistan. If the phrase “internally displaced persons” (IDPs) means nothing to you, you’re in good company; I learned the term myself within the last month. IDPs are people who are forced ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Woman-led beauty brands are too rare – this one is thriving and changing lives in Haiti

When your beauty brand has fans like Whole Foods and Sephora, you know you’re doing something right. When you’re able to make those beauty products in a socially impactful way, that creates jobs and improves the environment, you’re doing something extraordinary.   For Yve-Car, the CEO and co-founder of successful social enterprise Kreyol Essence, that extraordinary journey all bega ...

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  1. Kiva Fellows Update

    Georgia on my mind

    Georgia has one of the oldest histories of any country on Earth. In fact, the recent discovery of 8,000-year-old storage containers show that Georgians may be the first inventors of wine. For that alone, we thank them. Despite neighbors that have tried to conquer them for centuries, they have maintained a unique culture. Situated in the Caucuses right where Europe meets Asia, Georgians have…

    Posted by Kevin Dougherty

  2. Kiva Blog Update

    Links we like: The compost crusader, Batman and Kiva's latest news

    The holidays are fast-approaching! Enjoy a list of sustainable travel gifts, stories surrounding success and an update of what's new with Kiva as we move into the new year, below:  The compost crusader Gifts for the eco-minded traveler Kids aged 4 to 6 perform better during boring tasks when dressed as Batman Kiva U.S. loans now up to $25,000 36 questions that lead to love (again)

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  3. Kiva Blog Update

    Volunteer spotlight: “I like the way we help people help themselves”

    All over the world, Review and Translation Program (RTP) volunteers offer their time and skills to ensure that the thousands of loans that come in from Kiva’s partners are edited and translated from our 5 key languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Russian. In the past 3 months alone, RTP volunteers have reviewed 57,199 loans, averaging over 19,000 loans per month. They enjoy being…

    Posted by Breeana Reynolds

  4. Kiva Fellows Update

    Where hammocks come from

    Go to any home in El Salvador and you are sure to encounter one thing:   A working sink? No. Air conditioning? No. A flushing toilet? Maybe.   The one thing you’re guaranteed to see is a hammock. They’re as much of a Salvadorian staple as the pupusa, and they’re woven ubiquitously throughout the culture. I’ve conducted many a borrower verification sitting on a hammock, across from the…

    Posted by Becca Levine

  5. Kiva Fellows Update

    Reaching financially excluded populations: How interest rates play a role

    As many readers of this blog likely know, Kiva lends zero-interest capital to microfinance institutions (MFIs) all over the world. Perhaps fewer of you know that the majority of those MFIs charge their clients interest on the loans they receive through Kiva - sometimes as high as 35% to 40% in my regions. I’ll admit, I was disappointed when I learned that peculiar detail of the Kiva model.…

    Posted by Julie Pfeffer

  6. Kiva Blog Update

    Light up a life: Ernestina is a skilled carver making a name for herself in a male-dominated craft

    This holiday season, you can light up a life by making a loan on Kiva, or by giving the gift of a Kiva Card to someone you love. Ernestina, an artisan in Ghana, is dressed to the nines for company but doesn’t hesitate for a moment to climb into her carving workshop and show us how it’s done.   When she carves it’s a full body effort. She positions herself on a tree stump, across from…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  7. Kiva Blog Update

    Light up a life: A family fishing business making college dreams a reality

    This holiday season, you can light up a life by making a loan on Kiva, or giving the gift of a Kiva Card to someone you love.   Flordelisa is a fisherwoman living in the Philippines. Ignited by the desire to send her children to college, she searched for a way to provide access to a good education. The solution that brightened her entire family’s future: a Kiva loan supported by…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  8. Kiva Blog Update

    7 travel blogs we love (and you should follow!)

    At Kiva, we love to travel and connect with people around the world. Lending on Kiva is of course one of the ways we maintain that connection, and so is living vicariously through travel writers.   We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite blogs that each offer a unique perspective on travel. We especially enjoy their commitment to leaving a positive, impactful mark on their…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  9. Kiva Blog Update

    As Puerto Rico recovers from Hurricane Maria, small business loans can play important role

    In San Juan, Puerto Rico, a Kiva borrower named Matilsha is fighting for her livelihood in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.   About 40% of small businesses won’t open their doors again after a natural disaster, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).   As the founder and CEO of Con Calma, a fair trade and sustainable lifestyle brand, Matilsha is leveraging…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  10. Kiva Blog Update

    How a toilet brought together 4 people on 3 continents with a special connection

    We traveled a long way for this moment: more than 7,000 miles, 3 flights, including on a propeller plane, and a 5 hour road trip along winding roads and through palm tree jungles.   We took this journey to the Philippines to visit Kiva borrowers and to find 1 special borrower in particular: Lorebel. Finally, we take the short walk through banana trees to her home.   Lorebel lives on…

    Posted by Catherine Cocke

  11. Kiva Blog Update

    Intern insights: A final look

    Kiva loves to celebrate its interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. Now past their mid-internship point, we sat down with a few of them to hear about their work and how their time at Kiva has impacted them thus far. Read below to hear why Kiva interns are working to become the next generation of social innovators. Angele - Review and Translation…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  12. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva welcomes new CEO: Neville Crawley

    We are honored and excited to announce Neville Crawley as Kiva’s Chief Executive Officer. Neville brings nearly 2 decades of experience in global business and technology ventures, most recently as CEO of Quid, a platform that analyzes the world's collective intelligence to help answer strategic questions. “I’m thrilled to be joining Kiva and have the greatest respect and admiration for the…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  13. Kiva Blog Update

    5 essential books for compassionate world-changing innovators

    The books below share informative, inspirational and innovative approaches to solving global problems. Whether they help you fill free time over the holidays or are adorned with wrapping paper and a bow for the change-makers in your life, these are great works to add to anyone's collection.   1. Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day by Daryl Collins, Jonathan…

    Posted by Jessica Hansen

  14. Kiva Blog Update

    Check out the Kiva holiday gift guide!

    We have gift ideas for all the special people on your list! Shop borrower-made artisan goods, Kiva gear and donation sets available from the Kiva Store. Every purchase helps futher Kiva's mission and helps artisan borrowers.  Just click on the "fullscreen" icon in the bottom right of the guide to see a more detailed view.

    Posted by Tarek Eveida

  15. Kiva Blog Update

    Lei Company Cooperative founder aims to reclaim Pacific Islander art form

    Oceania - often pictured as tangerine skies, azure waters and palm trees - has a rich and complicated heritage.    Kiva borrower Tiffany Lacsado, founder and co-owner of Oakland’s The Lei Company Cooperative, Inc, is using her business to honor her Pacific Islander heritage on her own terms. She is a Chamorro-American from Guahan (Guam), and like more than 1 million Pacific Island…

    Posted by Tim Workman

  16. Kiva Blog Update

    Links we like: Colorful celebrations, happy offices and a thousand stray dogs that find a home

    This has been a busy week for Kiva. From October holidays to our latest launch in San Jose, California, there are many things to celebrate. Find a list below of holidays, innovative ideas and commemorable actions that are all worth celebrating.   20 photos of Mexico's breathtaking Day of the Dead festival How offices are innovating to improve our happiness, productivity and well being…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    Intern insights: A first look

    Kiva loves to celebrate its interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. As we pass the mark of the mid-internship point, we sat down with a few of them to hear about their work and how their time at Kiva has impacted them thus far. Read below to hear why Kiva interns are working to become the next generation of social innovators. Cody - Direct to Social Enterprise Team…

    Posted by Mona Lee

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    More than just money: 6 easy ways to help small businesses succeed

    When a venture capital firm invests in a startup business, they don’t just provide money – they also provide connections, expertise, guidance and advice. They strengthen the social capital of the entrepreneurs they invest in, as well as their financial capital. And this is also our vision for the Kiva U.S. program – that Kiva’s wonderful lenders, as well as lending $25 or more to the…

    Posted by Jonny Price

  19. Kiva Fellows Update

    Fostering social equality through microfinance in Nicaragua: Interview with Veronica Herrera, CEO of MiCrédito

    This article was originally published by the European Microfinance Platform and edited for this platform.  Veronica Herrera, the MiCrédito team and me Veronica Herrera co-founded MiCrédito, a Kiva Field Partner, in 2004 with the support of the Canada-based development association, Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA). “Empowering youth is vital to see the change in…

    Posted by Marina Iodice

  20. Kiva Blog Update

    Links we like: Everyday-ideas transformed

    These are the stories of everyday-ideas transformed. Read about photography as a tool for healing, a musical tradition brought back to life or an artist who uses New York City to discuss the influx of global refugees all in our favorite links of the week, below: Empowering girls rescued from child marriage Volunteering keeps older minds sharp Meet the artist single-handedly…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi