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Kiva Community Raises $153k to Honor Inspiring Teacher

Biba, her class, and all of us at Kiva were blown away by the response to Biba's story of perseverance and spirit during a difficult battle with brain cancer. Nearly 3,700 lenders made a loan in Biba’s honor, raising $153,000 in loans for people around the world. Simply incredible. Below is a thank you letter to lenders from Biba, who also shares the story of her inspirational students: Se ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Meet the Kivans: Eric and Monica, Fearless Leaders of Kiva Volunteers

This month, we’re spotlighting some of the amazing Kivans who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Kiva possible. Eric and Monica work with Kiva's volunteers who do everything from translate loans for the site to visiting borrowers in the field. Our volunteers are truly incredible, and so are Eric and Monica! Q&A with Eric Brandt, Senior Manager of the Kiva Fellow Program  What do you ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Meet the Kivans: Engineering Rock Stars Amy and Aswin

This month, we’re spotlighting some of the amazing Kivans who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Kiva possible. Let’s start with two of the incredible folks who build and maintain the Kiva website and all the technical systems we rely on: Amy and Aswin! Q&A with Amy Rish, Engineering Manager at Kiva: What do you do at Kiva?  I am responsible for systems software development for Kiv ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Meet the Kivans: Field Experts Jomay and David

In the last installment of our series Meet the Kivans, we're excited to introduce you to Jomay and David. These two work closely with our partners in the field and have great insights on Kiva's work around the world. Q&A with Jomay Lui, Kiva's Senior Knowledge Manager What do you do at Kiva? I work on the Partnerships team, which is the team that finds, vets, trains and monitors our vast netwo ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

36 Hours in Detroit with Kiva Zip

Take a tour through Detroit with Kiva Zip and see this beautiful city through some of the local businesses that give it character and charm at every corner!  

Kiva Fellows Update

Kiva Fellows Update,

Rethinking Women in the Middle East

If you ask a group of people what they consider to be the most impressive part about the Middle East, they’ll likely mention something regarding its historical sites or rich cultural diversity.  While both factors are obviously worthy of mention, what continues to inspire me about this region is something far more valuable: its women. This might come as a surprise to some, given that the wide ...

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  1. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva Community Raises $153k to Honor Inspiring Teacher

    Biba, her class, and all of us at Kiva were blown away by the response to Biba's story of perseverance and spirit during a difficult battle with brain cancer. Nearly 3,700 lenders made a loan in Biba’s honor, raising $153,000 in loans for people around the world. Simply incredible. Below is a thank you letter to lenders from Biba, who also shares the story of her inspirational students:…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  2. Kiva Blog Update

    Cool New Partners: Egypt, India & Peru

    Milaap India   Connecting lenders around the world with borrowers in India   Who are they? Milaap means 'connecting people' in Hindi and Urdu. The organization enables individuals all over the world to give a loan to the working class of India – students, small businesses, and families - who need a small amount of capital to get ahead and change their lives for the better.   You’ll love them if……

    Posted by Kimmy Bettinger

  3. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: Amazing young women, amazing nature, amazing technology

    Role models: 2014 was an amazing year for bright, brave and inspiring young women.   Too gorgeous to miss: Nature creates an incredible winter wonderland of snow and ice.   Perspective change: Move with the night sky and leave the ground behind.   Modern problems: Robots causing mischief creates a legal headache.   Oldie but goodie: Let…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  4. Kiva Blog Update

    Engineering the Kiva Connection and Building a Creative Culture

    Ever wondered what life is like working behind the scenes on Kiva's software systems? If you asked Kiva employees (Kivans as we call them) why they are here, most would agree: When I wake up everyday, I want to go to work. I want to change the world. Kiva's my place to do that. It's a unique platform connecting people across the world that has attracted a talented engineering team driven by…

    Posted by Kevin O'Brien

  5. Kiva Blog Update

    7 Inspirational Quotes to Jumpstart Your Year

    It’s a new year, and a new chance to focus on what’s important in life. At Kiva, we are so inspired and motivated by lenders like you, we just had to share a few of our favorite lender quotes to start the year. It makes us want to get to work and make the most of 2015 already! How do you plan to help others this year? “People everywhere are kind. They are good. They are honest. They are…

    Posted by Kimmy Bettinger

  6. Partner Update

    Field Update: A message from a Kiva Fellow in NYC

    United States
    Dear lender, My name is Rashmi and I’m a Kiva Fellow currently working with Kiva’s Field Partner Accion East in New York City. Because you supported a loan disbursed through Accion East, I wanted to share an update on the amazing progress they’ve made with support from Kiva lenders like you. As you may know from Accion East’s partner page, their Kiva repayment rate is at around 93%, which is…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  7. Partner Update

    Kiva Field Update: A Message from a Kiva Fellow in Kosovo

    Kosovo
    Dear lender, Thank you for supporting an entrepreneur in Kosovo! My name is Annie Lydens and I am honored to write to you as the Kiva Fellow placed here in the Balkans. I spent two great months working with KosInvest, Kiva's Field Partner in Kosovo. I spent my time visiting Kiva entrepreneurs, training staff on Kiva policies and procedures, and helping KosInvest improve certain processes to…

    Posted by Kimmy Bettinger

  8. Kiva Blog Update

    Meet the Kivans: Field Experts Jomay and David

    In the last installment of our series Meet the Kivans, we're excited to introduce you to Jomay and David. These two work closely with our partners in the field and have great insights on Kiva's work around the world. Q&A with Jomay Lui, Kiva's Senior Knowledge Manager What do you do at Kiva? I work on the Partnerships team, which is the team that finds, vets, trains and monitors our vast…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  9. Kiva Fellows Update

    (Baby) Food for Thought

    Ari Raz with one of PureJoy's baby food varieties. Photo by Ralph Alswang. There are very few people who would buy a one-way ticket to Washington DC with the dream of getting into food production. Meet Ari Raz, one of the founders of PureJoy, who capitalized on the city’s strong entrepreneurial spirit and support for small food businesses. Ari initially intended to start a restaurant. However,…

    Posted by Mary Halder

  10. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: It's all about the colors

    On our wish list: The most beautiful (and difficult) 1000 color puzzle.   40 years: Newly released photograph series captures sisterly bond over four decades.   What you didn't know you needed: A clock that gives you the current time in color.   Not-so-local news: 130 million lightyears away, two colliding galaxies are putting on quite the show.…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  11. Kiva Blog Update

    4 Amazing Kiva U Teams Get Creative for the Cause!

    Kiva U is full of passionate students and educators who have come together to learn about the world, take action, and maximize their impact.  Check out what these four Kiva U teams did to make a dent in global poverty or improve their communities - you can't help but be inspired!   1. Kiva Kids in Georgia   A group of elementary school students from Savannah Country Day School…

    Posted by Kimmy Bettinger

  12. Kiva Fellows Update

    Unlocking one family vision in Myanmar

    I’ve been traveling for the past 2 week to visit villagers who are Kiva borrowers in Myanmar’s Dry Zone. I visited 10 villages in 3 townships, which all in all meant spending about 25 hours on motorbike and 20 hours on a bus. It was a long and tiresome trip. However, I had a chance to learn more about the Proximity Designs’ loan operation on the field and got to know lots of nice and kind…

    Posted by Krittika Kaewmamuang

  13. Kiva Fellows Update

    Small is Beautiful

    Afa, Farhad and our Trusy Lada The day starts with an early rise. I get picked up at 5am in the obligatory Lada (a small hardworking Russian car) to head out to the remote region of Fuzili. It’s a 4 ½ hour drive from Baku and we want to beat the traffic. I’m spending the day with Komak Credit Union. With me are Afa (Kiva Coordinator) and Farhad (loan officer and designated driver for the day).…

    Posted by Vince Main.

  14. Kiva Blog Update

    Meet the Kivans: Eric and Monica, Fearless Leaders of Kiva Volunteers

    This month, we’re spotlighting some of the amazing Kivans who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Kiva possible. Eric and Monica work with Kiva's volunteers who do everything from translate loans for the site to visiting borrowers in the field. Our volunteers are truly incredible, and so are Eric and Monica! Q&A with Eric Brandt, Senior Manager of the Kiva Fellow Program  What do you do…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  15. Partner Update

    Defaulted loan

    Peru
    We're writing to let you know that this Kiva loan has been defaulted. In microfinance, it's common to try to reschedule loans to accommodate eventual repayment, however sometimes loans end in default, despite efforts to be flexible. Kiva loans are defaulted at the point in time collection of future repayments is deemed unlikely, or when the loan is more than 180 days past due. It's never fun to…

    Posted by Catherine Cocke

  16. Kiva Fellows Update

    Three Bright Ways to Sell a Solar Lamp in Indonesia

    Many warungs, or small family-owned shops, crowd the streets of Denpasar, Bali but one is sure to catch your attention. The bright yellow bamboo sign at Warung Bu Sinta reads, “Switch on Life” and the owner, Sumarti, waits outside, ready to explain what her “Tech Kiosk” warung is all about. Sumarti outside of her store Sumarti’s warung is part of a network of “Tech Kiosks” whose owners use…

    Posted by Caroline Dorr

  17. Partner Update

    Defaulted loan

    Uganda
    We're writing to let you know that this Kiva loan has been defaulted. In microfinance, it's common to try to reschedule loans to accommodate eventual repayment. However, sometimes loans end in default despite efforts to be flexible. Kiva loans are defaulted at the point in time collection of future repayments is deemed unlikely or when the loan is more than 180 days past due. It's never fun to…

    Posted by Catherine Cocke

  18. Kiva Fellows Update

    Running not one, but a few businesses

    Mrs. Yen outside her homeAs a Kiva Fellow, I’ve had the delightful opportunity to visit a number of Kiva borrowers in their homes or places of work. These treks consisted of hopping in a car and hanging on while the driver used every opportunity to cut off vehicles in front of us; hopping on the back of a motorbike and weaving through city streets or driving down dirt roads, taking in the…

    Posted by Vardah Malik

  19. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: New things, ancient things, all exciting things

    Big win: Grant for Digital Financial Services Innovation lab announced.   Wise words: 7 pieces of advice from 7 years at the helm of Brain Pickings.   What you can't see but still exists: The night sky as viewed from modern cities without light pollution.   Wow: Maptia 2.0 launches and brings some of our favorite causes to life with vivid photos and…

    Posted by Aurora Lee