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Mohammad’s Story: Coffee & community in the West Bank

For Mohammad, a father of 6 living in the West Bank, the memories of struggling to make ends meet and feed his family are still fresh. “[It was a] harsh life I was living, as a marginalized person, with no purpose in life,” he said. Read his story and watch a video message at Kiva's Medium page>

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Accident Ignites a Philadelphia Entrepreneur’s Passion for Service

Tariq was just 17 when his life was changed forever in a violent car crash. He was paralyzed in the accident, lost the use of his legs and had to relearn how to do everyday tasks. Following the accident, Tariq had a new perspective on life. “The accident changed my life. I had to overcome a lot of obstacles. I had to learn to even eat,” he said. “I had a whole new take on life and people. ...

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Kiva U Launches First Kiva Video Game!

Kiva U’s very first video game is live! The interactive game can be played for free, online, with the goal of enabling younger audiences to learn more about microfinance. It helps middle school and high school students understand the microfinance lending cycle, the difference between loans and donations, and more about the main loan uses of Kiva borrowers. It’s the latest project from Ki ...

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Amazing Photos of Shell Money in the Solomon Islands

Shell money is a traditional form of currency that was used in the Solomon Islands before bank notes were introduced. Some provinces still use shell money today, primarily for ceremonies, settling disputes, and bridal and land payments. It is beautifully crafted from seashells, often consisting of strings of differently colored shell-beads. Visit Kiva's Medium page to see how it's made!

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Mukula’s Dream: A better future for her boys

Like many women in India, Mukula was a child bride. Now she runs a weaving business with 2 employees out of the workshop in her home. Read her story here>

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Our Hearts are with Nepal

Photo by Flickr user Oliver Whiteside On April 25, the most devastating earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years claimed the lives of thousands of people and destroyed homes and cultural sites. The Kiva community’s thoughts are with the people of Nepal and all the families that have been affected by this tragedy. Kiva reached out to our two partners in Nepal, Patan Business and Professional Wome ...

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  1. Partner Update

    An update from Guatemala

    Guatemala
    Dear Kiva Lenders, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting ADICLA and its clients. ADICLA (Association for the Holistic Development of the Basin of Lake Atitlán) provides small loans in two areas of Guatemala with a large Mayan population: Sololá and Suchitepéquez. All of the employees at ADICLA speak Spanish in addition to K’iche’ or Kaqchikel (two of the Mayan…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  2. Kiva Blog Update

    Links we like: Why do we ask why

    Innovative design: This simple product helps girls stay in school.   (Natural) Beauty is everywhere: But apparently in some places it's more abundant.   Well read and read well: Have books, will travel.     Heart clench: Adorable little boy's sweet reaction to hearing he'll be a big brother.   Gather 'round, children: Time to learn why the ocean is…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  3. Kiva Blog Update

    The Mercedes Club and the power of group loans

    Reporting and photos by Tess Murphy   Stellah, Beullah and Tabeth make up the Mercedes Club Group in Zimbabwe, and all three women serve as the only source of income for their families. Over the course of ten years, their group has taken out several loans and supported each other both financially and also as friends. Stellah, the group leader, is a shining example of how Kiva…

    Posted by Alison Edwards

  4. Kiva Fellows Update

    Trifusion Yoga Studio

    My first visit to TriFusion Yoga is through a reference from April Spears, one of our Kiva Zip borrowers in Bayview. When I first walked in I was greeted with a relaxing scent from an incense and a friendly smile of Armando Luna, the owner of this awesome looking and peaceful yoga studio. The studio to me reflects potential economic growth to Bayview community and Armado’s passion for yoga.…

    Posted by Supharin Chatthaworn

  5. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: Ch-ch-changes

    Image via Flickr user quintanomedia Leaps and Bounds: A breakthrough that resulted from the Ice Bucket Challenge.   Release the balls!: Delightful video, innovative purpose.   Read up: Low-cost private schools are making big waves in developing countries. Test yourself: Are you making this common mistake? Transformers: Bill Clinton thinks…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  6. Partner Update

    An update from India

    India
    Hi Kiva Lenders, My name is Darcey Tindall, and I am a Kiva Fellow who recently served with WSDS-Initiate in Manipur, India. You are receiving this message because you generously support one or more WSDS borrowers, and I would like to share some of my experiences there with you. Manipur is a state located in the north eastern region of India, an area so remote that I had no idea it existed…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  7. Kiva Fellows Update

    Defaulted Borrowers Tell Their Story

    This summer, I have the privilege of working with one of Kiva's Field Partners, Urwego Opportunity Bank (UOB), in Kigali, Rwanda. As part of their semi-annual roadshow, the UOB management team traveled around Rwanda visiting each of the 13 branches and meeting borrowers. While UOB's default rate is low, 2.1%, the most recent roadshow focused on defaulted group loans (see definition below) with…

    Posted by Kathryn Yaros

  8. Kiva Blog Update

    KivaU Career day with Aim High!

    Kiva headquarters was buzzing with the voices of middle school students on a Friday in July. The students received a tour of the office and Kiva U’s Jessica Hansen gave students an introduction to Kiva. The students learned some of the ins and outs of the microfinance lending cycle and its importance in global development. The group was part of Aim High, a summer program serving the…

    Posted by Alison Edwards

  9. Kiva Fellows Update

    Can You Smell What Kiva Zip Entrepreneurs Are Cooking?

    Jorge, City Saucery | Photo: Parris Whittingham | fromparriswithlove.com Kiva Zip entrepreneurs in New York are a group of over 150 creative people with small businesses such as family farms, bakeries, media, and apparel. The Kiva Zip team is constantly inspired by the passion they put into their work but it's a really difficult feeling to convey to Kiva lenders, partners, and community. Our…

    Posted by Tony Chow

  10. Kiva Fellows Update

    What Matters Most

    As I pass the halfway mark in my fellowship, I’ve been taking some time to reflect. A self-diagnosed pragmatic dreamer, I’m forever faced with the challenge of having to keep my feet on the ground but not wanting to let my dreams fly away. This period of reflection has led to an overload of questions that I struggle to answer when my heart is telling me what I want to hear but my mind is always…

    Posted by Mark McDonagh

  11. Partner Update

    An update from the Solomon Islands

    Solomon Islands
    Dear Lenders, Thank you for supporting a borrower in the Solomon Islands! My name is Nelly Martin, and for the past four weeks I have lived in Honiara in the Solomon Islands to work with Kiva's field partner, South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) as a Kiva Fellow. SPBD is one of the many organizations that Kiva works with to help reach borrowers around the world. SPBD is a network of…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  12. Kiva Blog Update

    Accident Ignites a Philadelphia Entrepreneur’s Passion for Service

    Tariq was just 17 when his life was changed forever in a violent car crash. He was paralyzed in the accident, lost the use of his legs and had to relearn how to do everyday tasks. Following the accident, Tariq had a new perspective on life. “The accident changed my life. I had to overcome a lot of obstacles. I had to learn to even eat,” he said. “I had a whole new take on life and people.” So…

    Posted by Saisudha Padmanaban

  13. Kiva Fellows Update

    Are You a Fan of Rice Terraces and Waterfalls? Come to Bohol

    Since mid-July, I have been in Tagbilaran City, Bohol for my 2nd field placement in the Philippines with Community Economic Ventures, Inc. (CEVI), a partner of VisionFund International. As a popular tourist destination, Bohol, the tenth largest island of the Philippines, is famous for its beaches and resorts. I have heard from friends that Panglao Island, located at the southwestern tip of…

    Posted by Binh Nguyen

  14. Kiva Blog Update

    From the Field: Fellows share important lessons

    Wow! We can’t believe how fast the last four months have flown by. As KF27’s fellowships draw to a close we asked them to share with us one lesson they learned in the field:   “I have learnt that an office is definitely not the best place to work. Under a mango tree or having a Borrower Verification meeting in the car can also be productive!” Aradni Liakis | Haiti  …

    Posted by Tiffany Mau

  15. Kiva Blog Update

    Mohammad’s Story: Coffee & community in the West Bank

    For Mohammad, a father of 6 living in the West Bank, the memories of struggling to make ends meet and feed his family are still fresh. “[It was a] harsh life I was living, as a marginalized person, with no purpose in life,” he said. Read his story and watch a video message at Kiva's Medium page>

    Posted by Rachel Moore

  16. Kiva Fellows Update

    First Time-New Path

    I was excited and a little bit nervous to actually meet Morsinah in person, as she was the first borrower I visited in my first week of the fellowship. After an hour-long conversation with her, I found out that we both have a lot in common. She originally is from Indonesia and had her Master’s in Urban Planning from Columbia University. More surprisingly, during her time at Columbia, she spent…

    Posted by Supharin Chatthaworn

  17. Kiva Fellows Update

    A Solution to India’s Public Hygiene Problem

    A Solution to India’s Public Hygiene Problem It’s been over a year since Narendra Modi held his second cabinet meeting, an event where he outlined his famous “10-point” agenda. In it, he proposed reforms in education, innovation, and infrastructure, among others. One area of continued focus for the administration has been public hygiene through the implementation of toilets to individual…

    Posted by Kinjal Icecreamwala

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: More proof the future is going to be awesome

    Wow: This augmented reality sandbox will blow your mind.   Laugh station: Dogs who just can't dog properly.   For your health: How nature improves your well-being.   Call the doctor: The future of medicine is incredible, simply put.   Next generation: These students just built a world-record breaking electric car.    

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  19. Kiva Fellows Update

    The Best Beer in Bangalore!

    The Best Beer in Bangalore! One man’s journey of struggle and redemption… “I Miss Beer!” This was the realization and startling conclusion that I came to a few weeks after moving from Philadelphia to Bangalore to work with Micrograam, Kiva’s field partner. Having lived in the U.S. for my entire adult life, I never appreciated how easy it was to walk into a bar or deli and pick from a wide…

    Posted by Kinjal Icecreamwala

  20. Kiva Blog Update

    Cool New Partners: Supporting women in business and education!

    The Specific Union for Farmer Women (SUFW) Jordan Who are they? The Specific Union for Farmer Women is a non-governmental organization established to raise awareness of the social issues facing rural women in Jordan. They target rural parts of Jordan, offering training programs as well as loan products to foster financial independence and education. They offer both education and business…

    Posted by Alison Edwards