Kiva Blog Update

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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

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 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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    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

  4. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

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    Links We Like: Game-changers, global kids and the coolest map ever

    Amazing visual: Real-time map of winds around the world.   Money market: Ecuador may be set to be the first country to digitize its currency.   Reading corner: 5 essential reads on international development.   Summer's end: One last dose of beach beauty before autumn rolls in.   Children are our future: Photos of children from around the world.  

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    Rock Stars You Should Know: Kiva’s Review & Translation Volunteers of the Summer!

    Kiva’s loans come in all shapes, sizes and languages. Lucky for us, there’s a team of hard working multilingual volunteers on Kiva’s Review and Translation (RTP) team who make it possible for us to get these loans onto the site!   Kiva partners operate in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian) and we rely on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and…

    Posted by Tess Murphy

  11. 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

  12. 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

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    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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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