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 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Kiva Fellows Update

    Thank you Kiva

    Posted by Lynnet Mlambo

  13. 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

  14. Kiva Blog Update

    Happy volunteer week: intern insights

    In honor of volunteer week, we’re talking to some of our current interns about their journey to Kiva. Our amazing volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have exciting visions of what they hope to accomplish during their time at Kiva.    Interested in Kiva’s intern program? Find more information and apply here!   Aparna Ananthan - Strategic…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich

  15. Kiva Blog Update

    Happy volunteer week: more intern insight

    In honor of volunteer week, we’re talking to some of our current interns about their journey to Kiva. Our amazing volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have exciting visions of what they hope to accomplish during their time at Kiva. Interested in Kiva’s intern program? Find more information and apply here! Shreye Saxena - Strategic Initiatives Intern   Why…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich

  16. Kiva Fellows Update

    I, Tsilaviniaina 1/2

    Of Youth, Entrepreneurship and Resilience in Madagascar.     This is a story of one of Kiva’s borrowers, a slice of life in Antananarivo, or Tana as locals call it. Above all, this is a story, or rather a lesson, for all of us, of resilience and determination. This is the journey of Tsilaviniaina, a 21-year-old young man who I met during a field trip with CEFOR, Kiva’s field partner in…

    Posted by Marie Le Page

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    A soap that washes away inequality

    Kiva is proud to work with many organizations who are Fair Trade certified. In the first part of our Fair Trade series, we’re highlighting Kiva Field Partner, Dr. Bronner’s, and their program, Serendipalm!   Not only does Dr. Bronner’s make the soap in your bathroom, they also empower the farmers who provide the essential oils for their body products. Dr. Bronner’s is a Fair Trade…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    Green finance

    Written by: Kathleen Bennett, Kiva Portfolio Manager, South America & Guatemala   At Kiva, our mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, and this mission extends beyond just financial poverty. We aim to help increase access to basic services as well, from clean water and sanitation, to getting sustainable energy in homes. Green loans on Kiva help borrowers switch…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich

  19. Kiva Fellows Update

    A Sea of Purple: Celebrating Semana Santa (Holy Week)

    Known to be not only be one of Central America’s most exciting places to celebrate the Easter holidays, but also one of the world’s, Guatemala is home to some of the most elaborate celebrations leading up to Easter Sunday to commemorate the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ. Historically used as a way to explain the story of Jesus, Semana Santa traditions in Guatemala combine…

    Posted by Kanchan Sakhrani

  20. Kiva Blog Update

    Links we like: outstanding organisms

    We’re constantly learning about the wonderful flora and fauna that co-exist on this earth, and each discovery has an interesting tale (or tail)! Here are six great stories from around the web:   Fighting fire with fire: Why this scientist is releasing thousands of mosquitoes to reduce mosquito populations   Your head will swim: This fish fights its predators with a…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich