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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

    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

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    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

  3. 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

  4. Kiva Blog Update

    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

  5. 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

  6. Kiva Blog Update

    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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Kiva Blog Update

    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

  12. 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

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    At just 23, Rwandan borrower’s biofuel has propelled him onstage with Obama, and more

    This week, read about inspiring entrepreneur and Kiva borrower Jean Bosco from Rwanda. Disheartened by the destruction of the environment caused by the use of traditional wood-burning stoves, he developed his own biofuel prototype that caught the attention of many influential people - including former President Obama. Bosco is providing a cheaper, cleaner, more efficient way to cook in his…

    Posted by Jessica Hansen

  14. Kiva Blog Update

    Welcoming our 32nd class of Kiva Fellows

    Our 32nd fellows class was in the house this past week at Kiva’s San Francisco headquarters, further strengthening our vibrant community! They bonded as a team as they learned about Kiva's overall strategy, our amazing Field Partners, our core operations, and many other interesting topics that prepared them to carry our mission to the field. Hailing from Mali to Moldova, from Canada to China,…

    Posted by Maria Oliveira-Tamellini

  15. Kiva Blog Update

    Links we love: See it to believe it

    Tons of inspiring stories circulate around the internet every day, and we’ve come across some that are no doubt worth sharing. From meatless burgers that even carnivores can enjoy to drones delivering vaccines to endangered ferrets, here are five links we love that we hope you do too: Financial inclusion through your lens: striking images from the CGAP Photo Contest Impossible Burger:…

    Posted by Natalie Brown

  16. Kiva Blog Update

    A fantastic field partner: saving wildlife, wild places and local communities worldwide

    This month, we’re happy to celebrate our partnership with an organization working to save the planet and all of its inhabitants: Wildlife Conservation Society. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a U.S.-based NGO that works hard to save wildlife and biodiverse spaces worldwide through science, conservation action, education and inspiring people to value nature. WCS’s goal is to…

    Posted by Natalie Brown

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    Moments of hope in 2016

    There’s no way to sugarcoat it: 2016 has been an emotionally exhausting and, at times, devastating year. With violence and conflict constantly making headlines, the passing of several artistic legends and a bitter, divisive election in the U.S., the countdown to 2017 seemed to kickoff midsummer. But 2016 was also full of hopeful, small acts of kindness between families, neighbors and…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    Loans that Inspired

    This year, Kiva supported hundreds of thousands of borrowers all around the world who have inspiring stories to tell. Here, we’ve highlighted some of the most memorable loans shared with us by our lenders and staff members, who felt especially inspired by these entrepreneurs and the work that they are doing: Sajjida, 31, is a married woman in Pakistan who decided to dedicate her life to helping…

    Posted by Natalie Brown

  19. Kiva Blog Update

    A+ Team - One million loans and counting

    Lending teams are a vital part of Kiva's thriving community. Last month, one of our most active lending teams hit a milestone no other had: one million loans made. We invited one of their co-captains, Chris Allen, to tell us about what this achievement means to his team.   What are the odds that a group of Atheists and other non-believers in God would ever make one million no-interest…

    Posted by Aurora Lee