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 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Partner Update

    Defaulted loan

    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

  9. Partner Update

    Defaulted loan

    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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Kiva Blog Update

    Ramadan: A Time for Prayer, Reflection and Generosity

    The observance of Ramadan falls on the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and this year began on June 28 and went through July 28. Traditionally, Muslims fast during Ramadan to ‘purify’ their minds so they can better focus on self-reflection and prayer. This leads to a greater understanding of others and the month is known as a time for giving and increased acts of charity.    As the…

    Posted by Tess Murphy

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    Exposure Photo Essay: Funded Globally, Crafted Locally

    Check out the latest Kiva photo story! This time Tiffany Vlaanderen, a Kiva Fellow in Nairobi, takes us inside an artisan workshop where hand-crafted works sold all over the world originate.

    Posted by Talea Miller

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: A snack-tacular tour of Europe, cocoa farmers taste chocolate for the first time & what a week of crisis emails looks like

    Don't miss out on what's hot at Kiva HQ this week:   Guaranteed smiles: Cacao farmers taste chocolate for the first time.   Food for thought: A food artist's snack-tacular tour of Europe   Digital development: Non-profit backed by Facebook brings free internet access to Zambia   For your toolbox: Everything you ever needed to know about typography  …

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  19. Kiva Fellows Update

    The MBA-Worthy Businessmen of Zimbabwe

    I moved to South Africa from Zimbabwe two weeks ago for the second placement of my fellowship. As part of my work for expanding Kiva’s partnerships within South Africa, I have been meeting with lots of interesting organizations with very innovative business models. Whenever I mention that I worked in Zimbabwe before arriving to South Africa, they cannot stop talking about the entrepreneurial…

    Posted by Ayse Sabuncu

  20. Kiva Fellows Update

    Acts of Kindness: A Dedication to a Loving Mother

    As a dedication, this post is a bit of a departure from your regularly scheduled Kiva Fellows programming. For this I ask your forgiveness - I'm writing for a special reason, which you'll discover soon.   Given the amount of distressing news in the media lately, it can be easy to lose sight of all the kindness and compassion in the world. On a recent trip through western Uganda, I was reminded…

    Posted by Adam Halpert