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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

    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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Kiva Fellows Update

    Thank you Kiva

    Posted by Lynnet Mlambo

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Kiva Fellows Update

    An Ultramarathon in Kenya: Why Not?

    One of the great things about Nairobi is the plethora of running groups available. In Monrovia, I was an avid member of the Monrovia House Hash Harriers, but there were few opportunities for more serious running. In Nairobi, there is at least one running group meeting daily. One of my favorites is the Urban Swaras, which meets at 7 am on Saturday mornings, with 5-20 km runs followed by…

    Posted by Will Putnam

  9. Kiva Fellows Update

    SMEP: Using Water Loans to Lift Up Communities in Kenya

    Much of the world lacks access to safe water. Worse yet, even in areas where safe drinking water is available, access is often restricted due to a lack of available financing. SMEP, one of Kiva’s field partners in Kenya, offers affordable WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) loans to borrowers looking to purchase water tanks. SMEP’s affordable financing has several major benefits. Since the…

    Posted by Will Putnam

  10. Kiva Fellows Update

    Female Bankers in Tajikistan

    Hi Kiva Lenders,  Today I would like to share a story about a group of women whose hard work makes it possible for you to learn about the unique story of each Kiva borrower in Tajikistan. Let me introduce you to Nargiza, Fazilat and Nilufar, the all-star female Kiva team members from MDO Humo and Partners (Humo), one of my microfinance field partners in Tajikistan.  The all-star female…

    Posted by Wenli Rui

  11. Kiva Fellows Update

    Visiting Mother's Love

      When you follow your heart, you can be anything but wrong. You can go anywhere but distant from yourself. ----------- The sound is new to me, but it's surely a welcoming one. I am in a Mozambican district in the central share of the country, represented chiefly by its agricultural potential. The main city in the surroundings is Chimoio, famous for being the center point…

    Posted by Gian Vanzo

  12. Kiva Fellows Update

    Microfinance: a catalyst for poverty alleviation and agriculture development in Cameroon.

    Determination. Adaptability. Patience. Love. These are the key virtues you need when you embark on a journey through coffee and cocoa plantations in Cameroon, ready for an epic and folkloric adventure. Folks, next time that you enjoy your favourite chocolate bar or sip your matinal double expresso, I hope you’ll remember the stories that follow, the story of Joseph, Ella, Beatrice,…

    Posted by Marie Le Page

  13. Kiva Fellows Update

    Food Security in Mali: Challenges facing the Agricultural sector and the Farmer’s prospect for a better Future.

    A group of Kiva borrowers My intellectual curiosity and passion for asking questions is what led me to pursue further studies in Finance; however, my interest in the microfinance sector is also long standing. At Kiva, I could combine both by taking up a fellowship position whereby I will be working with kiva field partners in three francophone African countries including my home country Mali. At…

    Posted by Daouda Konipo

  14. Kiva Fellows Update

    Sanergy living up to its brand; Fresh life, live fresh...

    Sanergy launched its first toilet, the Fresh Life Toilets (FLT) in November 2011. Fresh life, live fresh... providing good sanitationFrom then Sanegry has been working in slum areas of Nairobi, including Kwa Njenga, Mathare, Kwa Reuben, Makadara, Kamukunji, providing sanitation services. During my one month at Sanergy I was eager to understand how Sanergy is living to fulfil its brand name,…

    Posted by Lynnet Mlambo

  15. Kiva Fellows Update

    From on-the-ground hurdles to the online experience

    Student crossing the railway as we drive by in search of a borrower's house In the past 3 weeks I've had the opportunity to visit dozens of Kiva-supported borrowers, funded by hundreds of generous individuals worldwide, thanks to Kiva's local partner Hluvuku-Adsema, in Mozambique, Africa. Each visit was unique on its own and each individual I met could have their own biopic. But, given my…

    Posted by Gian Vanzo

  16. Kiva Fellows Update

    Creating Food Security in Liberia: The Work of The Universal Farmer's Association

    It is easy to notice that the majority of expatriates in Liberia live in a bubble, a world of security, running water, working toilets, electricity, and even air-conditioning and gyms for the lucky ones. What is harder to remain aware of is that Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city, itself lies in a bubble. Despite the lack of toilets and electricity for the vast majority, Monrovia is, by Liberian…

    Posted by Will Putnam

  17. Kiva Fellows Update

    It’s time to harvest: growing ginger on the Kenyan coast

    As a Kiva Fellow in Kenya, I have had the privilege to work with farmers from Kiva’s partner, Asante Foundation. It’s an exciting time right now, as farmers are harvesting their first ginger crop that they planted in April. One borrower I met was Juma, an experienced maize farmer and a father of three who took a risk this year to venture into ginger farming.    Juma with his ginger harvest. Juma…

    Posted by Maelen Haugen

  18. Kiva Fellows Update

    Connecting Liberia: How Wireless Technology Lab Is Helping Rural Liberians With Computer Awareness & Literacy Training To Access The Outside World

    Banjor Community is a wonderful area. It has friendly people, beautiful beaches, a gym, a golf course, the ruins of what was once West Africa’s largest hotel, over 160 schools, and now, thanks to Joseph Pambu, a computer lab and training program. The one thing this community lacks is electricity. Despite its location only a few miles from Liberian Electricity Corporation’s (LEC) headquarters,…

    Posted by Will Putnam

  19. Kiva Fellows Update

    The little cookstove that could: How ASA Initiative is helping bring green energy and jobs to Ghana

    One of the fun parts about a Kiva Fellowship is the chance to pick up new skills that may come in handy down the road. I’m happy to report that thanks to my work with Kiva partner ASA Initiative, I have not only mastered Clean Cookstoves 101 but can now add welding to my resume under “miscellaneous skills.” In addition to offering business and agriculture loans, ASA is leading efforts to…

    Posted by Susan Patterson

  20. Kiva Fellows Update

    Let’s hear it for the men

    I can still remember feeling overwhelmed the first time I made a Kiva loan. So many options, so many deserving Kiva borrowers — where to begin? I didn’t have a preference on region, country, or loan type, but I did know with certainty that I wanted to lend to a woman.      Microlending was developed to give the un- and under-banked access to capital; those too poor for a…

    Posted by Susan Patterson