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Ebola Crisis Affecting Kiva's West African Field Partners

Freetown, Sierra Leone More than 3,000 cases and 1,550 deaths have been reported so far in the Ebola outbreak devastating West Africa. Two countries where Kiva works, Liberia and Sierra Leone, are among the hardest hit and have both declared a national state of emergency.   In addition to the devastating loss of life in affected communities, the epidemic is having a serious negative impact ...

Kiva Blog Update

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Kiva U Celebrates First Year Milestones!

Thank you for making this an incredible first year for Kiva U, Kiva’s student and teacher program! When Citi and Kiva launched the Kiva U initiative in September of 2013, we had no idea what to expect. We hoped that if we created and shared useful and compelling content and resources, we could help students and teachers learn about poverty, microfinance, entrepreneurship and sustainabili ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

35 Can't Miss Things to Do, See, Eat & Drink in South Africa

At Kiva HQ we are passionate about travel, as are many Kiva lenders. We decided to crowd-source our best travel advice, starting with South Africa. For anyone who has visited South Africa this list will bring back some happy memories, and if you've never been this list might have you booking a ticket soon. Enjoy and please add your own recommendations in the comments! To See: 1. Relive history a ...

Kiva Fellows Update

Kiva Fellows Update,

No such thing as bad luck: True Grit in Lima

Photograph by Zach Land-Miller, KF23 To foreigners, Peruvians, and many Limeños alike, San Juan de Lurigancho is merely an underdeveloped, overcrowded, and unsafe district nestled into one of the peaks on Lima’s perimeter, called el cerro San Cristobal. Their exposure to the district is often limited to glimpsing its distant multi-colored homes from the center of Lima or driving through the ar ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

We Believe: 8 Tenets Kiva Lives By

We are constantly inspired by the Kiva community–a community that includes more than 2.5 million lenders and borrowers around the globe. Together, we are bound by our vision of a more connected, compassionate world. In celebration of this vision at the heart of Kiva’s work, we’re telling the world what #WeBelieve this week. Will you join us? Share your favorite #WeBelieve message below, ...

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    Iraqi Woman Runs Prosthetic Limb Business to Serve Injured

    News reports about Iraq are dominated by talk of conflict, bombings, casualties, and more conflict. But through the tragedy, there is hope. We are so inspired by the Iraqi women entrepreneurs who are taking out loans through Relief International, and are intent on bringing improvements and services to their communities regardless of the circumstances. Meet Meada. She is an incredible woman…

    Posted by Audra Wingard

  2. Kiva Fellows Update

    Three Colombians I'll Never Forget !

      After spending 3 great months with Interactuar in Medellin, I never would have imagined I´d have the privilege to meet these three Colombian Kiva borrowers with such unique businesses.  Not only are Interactuar´s mission, microfinance products and business development services outstanding, they serve some of Colombia´s hardestworking and kind people working to provide for their…

    Posted by David Picciao

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    Top 20 Tips and Hacks to Travel Like a Kiva Pro

    Photo by Flickr user Lyza Dange Kivans travel a ton, for work and for fun, so we crowdsourced the best travel hacks our staff and volunteers use on their trips around the globe. These tips will not only make your journey easier but will also give you more insight into the place you’re visiting! Check out the tips at Kiva's Medium page>

    Posted by Tess Murphy

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    Links We Like: Magic mountains, brightening futures and tracking your new iPhone 6

    Jet setter: Where in the world has your iPhone 6 been? Time vs Effort: The mathematics of making a meal.   A brighter future: Using lightbulbs to change lives.   Is this the real life, is this just fantasy? Stunning rainbow mountains you need to see to believe.   Conservation gains: U.S. expands world's biggest marine reserve, now six times…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    An Update on Kiva's Palestinian Partners

    Updated September 26, 2014: A ceasefire was declared between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in August, but Gaza is still dealing with a humanitarian crisis.  Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are displaced following the turmoil, according to the UN. More than 2,100 people were killed during the conflict in Gaza, many of them civilians, and more than 10,000 were wounded. All residents of the…

    Posted by Lev Plaves

  6. Kiva Fellows Update

    We can Piki Too! Well... one of us can.

    I have been in Kenya for almost 4 months now for my fellowship. Some of my time was spent in Nairobi, and some in western and rural parts of the country. Getting around by motorbike (“piki piki” or “boda boda”) is a way of life in Kenya. But I’ve never seen a female driver. Granted, it’s not an everyday occurrence in the western world either, but motorcycles in general are also not nearly so…

    Posted by Erin Yamaoka

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    Reasons to Always Learn the Local Language

    Those of you who know me well know my love for lingustics, and learning  languages around the world. My Kiva Fellowship was a perfect opportunity to nurture this passion of mine further. Since I arrived in Kenya, I've been learning the beautiful language of Swahili. When you love learning languages, it also makes you also meet some amazing local people that you develop bonds with ... Meet…

    Posted by Nina Patel

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    Links We Like: Life saving hacks, alarming info and something sweet to celebrate

    Innovation station: These 7 healthcare innovations are saving lives.   Water crisis: California is drying up before our eyes. Sweet deal: If you're donut lovers like us you'll love this environmentally-focused pledge from U.S. pasty kings Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts. Mark your calendars: Not news yet, but we're excited for Nick Kristof's…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    Kiva’s 25th Fellows Class Takes Adventure (and Style) Seriously

    Last week we welcomed our 25th Kiva Fellows class to the office for training. Fellows Week is always one of the most exciting weeks at the office and this time around proved no different. Our next class, KF25, is made up of 37 fellows and represents our most internationally diverse cohort ever, with representatives from 16 countries. Fellows Weeks is a whirlwind of activity, you can read a new…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    This blog will self-destruct in 30 seconds....

    “Your mission Jim, should you chose to accept it…..” drones the familiar voice. We all know what happens next. Well my mission was to share my thoughts and experiences of Fellows training week. So here goes….   The Kiva workspace is extraordinary. Located in downtown San Francisco it is a large loft type space with an industrial feel. Any resemblance to the bland, hierarchical, corporate…

    Posted by Vince Main

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    Flash Fund Smashes Goal, Funds 1150 Farmers in 5 Days!

    Farmers are awesome, aren’t they? We certainly think so! That’s why we held a Flash Fund from Sept 8-12 to help fund 500 farmers’ Kiva loans. Kiva farmers come from all over the world but are united in their passion for cultivating opportunity from hard work.   Thanks to Kiva lenders rallying to show their support, we smashed tour goal and more than 1150 farmers’ loans were funded…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    Cool New Partners Serve Refugees in Lebanon, Empower Women in Malawi and DRC

    Ibdaa Microfinance SAL Lebanon Serving Vulnerable Refugee Communities Who are they? Ibdaa Microfinance SAL aims to improve the unemployment rate of Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon by providing loans to entrepreneurs in these communities.  The organization puts a special emphasis on youth entrepreneurs, and ensures that each young borrower is matched with a mentor to provide…

    Posted by Kimmy Bettinger

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    Links We Like: Africa's progress, awful apples and beauty untold

    Need to read: The amazing and heartbreaking untold story of the Bajau Laut.   A modern tyranny: How America came to rely on the least delicious apple.   Progress over time: Watch a decade of economic growth in Africa.   A moving perspective: Astronaut Frank Culbertson recalls witnessing 9/11 attacks from space.   Too cute to miss: This baby goat…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  14. Kiva Fellows Update

    The Secret Bengali Ingredient for Change

    In clay pot: Ras Malai (my favorite); On plate: Rasgulla and Gulab Jamun I was recently in Kolkata, India for a Kiva fellowship to work with BJS, one of Kiva's partners, to visit its borrowers and help develop catalytic loan products to further reach underserved populations.  Kolkata is a dynamic, vibrant city that is a marriage of the modernized and the developing. It was a captivating…

    Posted by Nancy Lin

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    Show Your Support for Farmers: Help Us Fund 500 Farmers in 5 Days

    As the leaves change color, the air cools and farmers everywhere begin to gather their harvest, you know autumn has arrived in the U.S. In every culture, harvest season is regarded as a time of bounty and prosperity and is celebrated through holidays and festivals. This week, Kiva is celebrating farmers and all the hard work they do around the world by flash funding 500 farmers in 5 days!…

    Posted by Tess Murphy

  16. Kiva Fellows Update

    Above and Beyond Microcredit: Kiva Field Partners with a Social Mission

    A key component of Kiva's efforts to connect people throughout the world is to partner with trustworthy and high-impact organizations.  While there are many notable microfinance institutions, not all meet Kiva's standards of being a Kiva Field Partner. Not Just Microcredit Kiva Field Partners go beyond providing sustainable microcredit services.  In order to highlight their outstanding…

    Posted by David Picciao

  17. Kiva Fellows Update

    Things I Won't Tell My Mom (shoot, she's probably reading this)

    My first boda experience in Kenya occurred on a wet morning, in the pitch-black darkness that is the 5 o'clock hour, on uneven dirt roads winding through the rural farmland of Isibania, Kenya.  I was wearing the broken helmet of a former Kiva Fellow who had been in a motorcycle accident in exactly these conditions.   The beauty of being a person afflicted with many fears is that is doesn’t…

    Posted by Stephanie Skinner

  18. Kiva Fellows Update

    10 Observations of Zimbabwe

    After spending 1.5 months in Zimbabwe I wanted to share some of the not-so-commonly-known facts and some of my observations about this beautiful country and its people. I tried to compile my favorite 10 facts below: 1. Everyone is extremely friendly and warm. 2. Zimbo’s have a very weird english accent. To me, it sounds like a mix of British and Jamaican accents. 3. In addition to…

    Posted by Ayse Sabuncu