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 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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