Kiva Blog Update

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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, ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Change is in Your Hands: Grameen-Jameel And Kiva Support Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa

Women and youth in the Middle East are pushing boundaries, creating their own opportunities and taking control of their futures. They are the seeds of positive change and you can be a part of their stories through the new Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd. and Kiva campaign, “Change is in Your Hands.” The campaign allows people around the world to go on Kiva and, with as little as a $25, offe ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

The Coolest Part of Kiva You Might Not Know About

Imagine a world where you make a loan on Kiva, our Field Partners distribute that loan to the most vulnerable communities, and then take the next step to address other holistic needs of the community, like health and access to financial education.   Luckily we don’t have to imagine it. Because when you support someone on Kiva, you’re offering more than financial capital. You’re offer ...

Kiva Fellows Update

Kiva Fellows Update,

From Soccer Pro to Sewing Pro in Sierra Leone

Tejan, proudly outside his new shop As a young man, Tejan had long dreamed of being a professional soccer player. For fifteen years, he played with one of Sierra Leone’s top teams, the first division Regent’s Olympic.  But even as a star defender and captain of his team, his earnings, essentially a portion of what was taken at the entrance gate, were seldom enough to make ends meet. In 200 ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Haiti Rising: Record Loan Backed by Muhammad Yunus Will Create 300 Quality Jobs

In 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake that weakened the economy and left half the population without employment. More than four years later, Haiti continues to rebuild and jobs remain scarce. Now you can play a role in creating sustainable, long-term recovery in Haiti through Kiva. Kiva and Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus are teaming up with Kreyòl Essence, a social business, to cre ...

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  1. Kiva Blog Update

    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 on…

    Posted by Claire Markham

  2. Kiva Blog Update

    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…

    Posted by Jessica Hansen

  3. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: Important updates from Kid President, John Green and Marty McFly

    Up and at 'em: A pep talk from Kid President will change your perspective.   Bearer of good news: John Green learns about Ethiopian baby names and their role as health indicators.   Tech tidbit: Instagram announced Hyperlapse and it's a thing of beauty.   At the cinema: Marty McFly's iconic puffy vest: red or orange? NPR delivers the verdict.   Must…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  4. 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 area…

    Posted by Christina Magro

  5. 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…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  6. Kiva Fellows Update

    Photo Essay: Spirit of Survival in Africa's Largest Slum

    Check out Kiva's most recent Exposure post, featuring inspiring stories of borrowers doing everything from sheltering orphans to creating a safe space for HIV-positive people:

    Posted by Stephanie Skinner

  7. Kiva Blog Update

    Cool New Partners Bring Clean Energy and Food Security to Rural African Communities

    ASA INITIATIVE Ghana Supporting Citrus Farmers and Greening the Environment Who are they? ASA Initiative is an MFI that provides loans for green energy and agriculture. They give green loans to entrepreneurs to sell clean energy cook stoves that run on waste materials produced by communities. Agricultural loans support citrus farmers in Ghana to expand their farms, hire labor, transport goods…

    Posted by Audra Wingard

  8. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: The world's most adorable food critic, magical trails and a truth bomb you need to hear

    Too astonishing to miss: Photo mashups of San Francisco's 1906 earthquake and present-day.   Inspiring moment: See how $25 is changing the world.   Beautiful world: Sometimes the road less traveled is absolutely stunning.   Cute overload: A Tinker Bell popsicle and the world's most exciting ginger ale.   The truth from the DRC: We need investment. We…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  9. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: The truth about payday loans, a kid we can all relate with and saying goodbye

    Here are the stories we've been emailing, tweeting and sharing around the office this week: More prolific than Starbucks and McDonalds: John Oliver reports on the shocking truth that 1 in 20 U.S. families has taken out a pay day loan.   Cutie alert: Second day of school blues – we know that feeling, Buddy.   Humans of the world: The human side of conflict as told by…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  10. Kiva Fellows Update

    Stunning Sights From Medellin´s Feria de Las Flores

      For the last 57 years Medellin has celebrated los silleteros (pictured above), the men and women who used to carry people and cargo on their backs on chairs, including carrying the sick to doctors. Los silleteros are celebrated at the 10 day Feria de Las Flores (Festival of Flowers), which proved once again that Colombians know how to dance, eat, celebrate their culture and work hard.…

    Posted by David Picciao

  11. Kiva Fellows Update

    A Kiva Zip Borrower Honors Her Lenders with Product Names

    Working with a borrower like Athene inspires me because she represents true ambition and commitment; both traits that are essential in becoming successful as an entrepreneur.  Athene is the owner of Sweet Pea Prop Shop, an online store that sells newborn clothing to professional photographers as props. She created her business in an effort to re-integrate into a slowly recovering economy and…

    Posted by Sydnie Nicoll

  12. Kiva Blog Update

    Proximity Designs: Kiva’s First Field Partner in Myanmar

    A bit about Myanmar… Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in Asia, but it has seen major political and economic reforms in recent years that have many hopeful for a brighter future. For decades Myanmar was controlled by authoritative leadership that committed gross human rights violations. Myanmar’s people have lived through much oppression, but progress in this young democracy is being…

    Posted by Audra Wingard

  13. Partner Update

    Defaulted loan

    Indonesia
    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 Melissa Tickle

  14. Partner Update

    Defaulted loan

    Philippines
    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 Melissa Tickle

  15. Kiva Blog Update

    Adventures in Cooking with Kiva: Sweet rolls in honor of a Kiva borrower

    Photography by Tim Chambers I was a pastry chef before my years at Kiva, so I love to lend to bakers around the world. My Kiva portfolio is full of pictures of mouthwatering pastries made by a wide variety of culinary artists—a baker of Lebanese flatbreads (man’oushe), a cake decorator in Honduras, a gingerbread baker from New Orleans. One of my favorite loans was to Mamasharif in…

    Posted by Christina Marie Pack

  16. Kiva Blog Update

    Pro Tips: Kiva Staff Share Their Favorite Ways to Lend

    Around the Kiva office, there're a few things the whole staff gets really into: karaoke and food-related challenges are among our fervent favorites but at the top of that list is lending on Kiva. That’s right, we geek out about work in our down time – a lot. We’ve compiled our best tips on how to lend like a pro, along with some of the funny anecdotes from our adventures in lending.   Be…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    On Human Suffering—It Only Takes One

    By Hania Abu-Eid, Kiva's communications manager, and Lev Plaves, Kiva's portfolio associate for the Middle East and South Asia As vivid photos, videos and narratives of unimaginable destruction, death, loss and despair flash on our television, computer and cell phone screens it’s hard not to be confronted with the suffering of  members of our human family. From Palestine and Israel to Iraq,…

    Posted by Hania Abu-Eid

  18. Kiva Fellows Update

    ‘I am a Refugee'

    “We don’t think life can be more bad than here in Kenya right now…. we wish this to end soon,” says Joyce a 19-year-old Congolese refugee and single mother of two.  In 2009, at the age of 15, Joyce and her family fled the war in Umoja, Democratic Republic of Congo in search of safe land. One day they heard on the radio that there was safety in Kenya. After two months of traveling, they arrived…

    Posted by Shikha Dubey

  19. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: A glowing octopus, the beginning of the internet and the heart of Kiva

    #WeBelieve: 8 tenets at the heart of Kiva   Time machine: Take a trip down memory lane to when "Are you finding that the Internet is a big thing?" was an actual question.   Guaranteed laughs: Clever couple finds the best way to announce their expecting.   The universe is amazing: The most super super-moon ever is coming to a night sky near you.  …

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  20. Kiva Blog Update

    Building Lasting Skills in Colombia with Interactuar

    The gap between the rich and poor in Colombia is one of largest in the world —and more than a third of Colombia’s population lives below the poverty line.   It’s in this environment that Kiva’s Field Partner of 3.5 years Interactuar is operating, helping entrepreneurs make their businesses a reality, and helping them learn the skills that will help them grow.   Interactuar works in the…

    Posted by Audra Wingard