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Born in a refugee camp, now designing her own collections in NYC

This is part of our World Refugee Day series honoring Kiva borrowers who made the incredible journey from refugee to entrepreneur. Jembere. In Amharic – the native language of Ethiopia – it means, “my sunset.” When Abaynesh, a designer in New York, fulfilled her dream of creating her own eyewear brand, she named it Jembere in honor of her roots. Her collections are now sold b ...

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A farmer rebuilds again, as a refugee in her own land

This is part of our World Refugee Day series honoring Kiva borrowers who made the incredible journey from refugee to entrepreneur. Leila is constantly smiling, and beams with pride when talking about her farm. But behind her sunny exterior, she carries a story of extreme hardship and perseverance. Leila used to live in Ochamchire, in the coastal region of Abkhazia, situated in the nor ...

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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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She’s 22, from rural Zimbabwe, and a mogul in the making

This is the fourth in our ‘Invest in her, invest in change’ series celebrating the power of women entrepreneurs around the world. Join Kiva in crowdfunding $1 million in loans to women by International Women’s Day on March 8. Lindiwe, 22, beams with pride as she presents bottles of her homemade juice and soda to customers at her shop in rural Zimbabwe. Each bottle has a hand-glued label ...

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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

    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

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    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

  3. 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

  8. Kiva Blog Update

    An update on our Field Partners in Peru following El Niño floods

    Since the beginning of March, heavy rains in coastal regions of Northern Peru and in the Lima area have caused severe floodings leaving more than 90 people dead, 347 injured and 120,000 more homeless. This natural disaster is a consequence of El Niño, a climatic phenomenon that happens periodically and stems from the Pacific waters warming up and potentially having catastrophic consequences on…

    Posted by Nicolas Lafaye

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    Links we like: resource innovation

    When life gives you lemons... make sustainable lemonade! These stories highlight some key players who are using new technology to solve some of nature’s challenges.    The power of solar power: How this island can keep their lights on during a hurricane   Food waste: The reason why NASA is investing in the kitchen sink   Good vibrations: Why water pumps in Africa…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich

  10. Kiva Blog Update

    Happy World Water Day!

    In honor of World Water Day, we’re celebrating a fantastic Field Partner who provides access to clean water, Nazava Water Filters!    In Indonesia, communities are unable to have a reliable and affordable source for their drinking water. This makes it difficult for families to stay healthy. Nazava Water Filters is one excellent social enterprise that aims to provide clean drinking water…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich

  11. Kiva Blog Update

    We did it!

    Thank you! For a second year in a row, Kiva had a record-breaking International Women’s Day! This was the biggest day of lending in Kiva's history, beating our second largest day by 23%! In just one week, more than seven thousand lenders and supporters doubled our goal in loans to women, with $3.5 million in loans on March 8th alone. As a result, the Kiva community fully funded 7,486…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich

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    This Holi, add color to someone’s world with Kiva!

    Holi, also known as the festival of colors, is a Hindu holiday signaling the start of spring. Following tradition, Holi is the time to celebrate the good in life and bridge the social gap in our communities.   Holi celebrations occur all over the world, in places like Bali, where there is a predominant Hindu community. For Balinese families that can afford it, it’s a tremendous…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich

  13. Kiva Blog Update

    Links we like: community engagement

    Around the world, upstanding citizens are working to help combat their region-specific problems. From saving endangered species to finding a more efficient way to deal with old furniture, these innovators will bring a smile to your face.  Camions of Care: This teen-started initiative provides period products to those in need Saving the turtles: How one man helped protect a…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich

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    One woman brewing change in Africa, and beyond

    This story is part of Kiva’s International Women’s Day Campaign. Through March 8th, we’ll be sharing inspiring stories of women borrowers. You can back a woman entrepreneur today by visiting kiva.org/lend/international-womens-day. Vava, founder of the Kenyan social enterprise Vava Coffee, is taking the coffee industry by storm. Upon learning that coffee farmers in Kenya earn less than 35% of…

    Posted by Jessica Hansen

  15. Kiva Blog Update

    Growing big dreams in tiny fields: A rooftop farm sows seeds and creates community

    This story is part of Kiva’s International Women’s Day Campaign. Through March 8th, we’ll be sharing inspiring stories of women borrowers. You can back a woman entrepreneur today by visiting kiva.org/lend/international-womens-day. A new concept in agriculture is coming to life on rooftops in cities across America.  With city land at ground-level often over-priced or simply unavailable for…

    Posted by Jessica Hansen

  16. Kiva Blog Update

    International Women's Day, Guest Blog: #BeBoldForChange and #InvestInHer

    Photo: Talia M. at ages 6 and 22 with a woman who inspires her, her mother This is a guest blog by Talia M., a lender and founding member of Kiva's Junior Leadership Council, in honor of International Women’s Day.  My life has been relatively free of roadblocks. I grew up in a wealthy and highly educated suburb in the United States, in a family of five—with two happily married parents who…

    Posted by Jessica Hansen

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    Lender Field Trip, Mexico City: Guest Blog #2 Why I went from housing skeptic to housing supporter

    Photo by: Catherine Cocke For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders were extended the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. This past week, these 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…

    Posted by Catherine Cocke

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    Borrower with a heart of gold spreads love with her San Francisco flower shop

    As we approach Valentine’s Day, it’s important to take a moment to think about all the industrious small business owners who make these love-filled holidays happen for everyone. Everything from a box of chocolates to a bottle of wine to candles softly lit on the table may have come from a small local business owner, working hard to get you all you need to show the love this February. Vanessa…

    Posted by Jessica Hansen

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    Lender Field Trip, Mexico City: Guest Blog #1

    (photo credit: Catherine Cocke) For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders are getting the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. This week, these 7 lenders will be visiting 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It’s a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and…

    Posted by Jessica Hansen

  20. Kiva Blog Update

    Farewell, Captain Tony

    The Kiva community lost a beloved and influential leader last month. Nicknamed Captain Tony, he was a Review and Translation volunteer, The Mindful Bunch lending team co-captain and lender since 2009. Even with the sadness of his passing in New York in January, his friends and teammates at Kiva are hopeful and confident that his spirit and impact will live on for many years to come. …

    Posted by Taylor Whitfield