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Toya’s Dream: To overcome tragedy with beauty

“While I was repairing my inner self I was able to at least look better, and that made me…regain my confidence," says Toya. Read her story at Kiva's Medium page>

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Lourdes’s Dream: To show the world a woman’s worth

“I’m going to show his father that I’m worth more as a woman, that I don’t need a man at my side," said Lourdes. "And I’m going to prove it to my family as well who criticized me so much.” This story is part of Kiva’s Dreams are Created Equal series. For the next month, we’ll be sharing stories of Kiva borrowers’ dreams and how they’re working towards achieving them. The fir ...

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Pamela’s Dream: Creating hope for HIV-positive women

Pamela is a woman whose smile radiates confidence and joy. After the single mother found out she was HIV positive in 1999, that confidence was tested to the limits. But she was determined to continue to be a pillar of strength for her family and her community. Read her full story at Kiva's Medium page>

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Kiva Launches in Español

Big news! We’ve just launched “Kiva Español,” a pilot version of Kiva in Spanish!    Check out kiva.org/prestar and you’ll see a limited version of Kiva’s website in Spanish, including all Central and South American loan descriptions posted in their original wording.    We launched Kiva in Spanish for 2 main reasons. The first is that a third of Kiva’s loans com ...

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  1. Kiva Fellows Update

    Power Pennies

    When I use the word “microfinance,” or talk about Kiva, people tend to picture entrepreneurs in far off destinations, using small loans to invest in their businesses.  And while it may be true that cash lent for seeds, goats or rickshaw repairs in less developed countries is the essence of microloans, there’s more.  Dollars lent drive social and environmental change, too. Dorothy, a microloan…

    Posted by Sheryl Onopchenko

  2. Kiva Fellows Update

    One Tanzanian's Trash is Another Tanzanian's Treasure

    This week I had the opportunity to travel to Musoma, a small town on Lake Victoria in Northern Tanzania, to visit a branch office of Tujijenge, one of Kiva’s Field Partners. I quickly fell in love with the laid-back people and atmosphere – a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of Dar es Salaam. Maybe it’s the perfect weather or the fresh local food, but the people in Musoma are always…

    Posted by Natalie Russell

  3. Kiva Fellows Update

    Día de Boyero in Costa Rica

    Every second Sunday in March, el Día de Boyero (Day of the Oxcart Driver) is celebrated in San Antonio de Escazú, Costa Rica. It’s a day when the townspeople flood into the streets to honor Costa Rican’s history of using oxcarts to transport crops throughout the country.  San Antonio de Escazú, Costa Rica Booths are set up to sell delicious local food and arts and crafts. The main attraction…

    Posted by Kelly Diggins

  4. Kiva Fellows Update

    Myanmar Duck Tales - Dedaye

    There was no dozing off on the way to Dedaye.  As the taxi sped mercilessly down the bumpy road dodging bikes, motorcycles, ox-drawn carts, and the occasional village parade, I thought to myself,  “Are we supposed to be going this fast?”  The thrilling taxi ride was not the only mode of transportation needed that day.  We also had to travel by motorcycle and boat to reach each village.  This was…

    Posted by Semone Aye

  5. Kiva Fellows Update

    Ten reasons to include Zimbabwe in your next itinerary

    Zimbabwe is nestled comfortably between Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia and South Africa but is often overlooked by tourists. Here are ten reasons to include it in your next itinerary:    1. It has the craziest currency.   A few years ago they went through hyper-inflation, reaching up to 12 zeroes on a single note:       When they switched to the US dollar, the economy…

    Posted by Tess Murphy

  6. Kiva Fellows Update

    Keeping the Social Flag Flying in Kyrgyzstan

    As the first microfinance institution in Central Asia to receive a full banking license in November 2012, Bai Tushum Bank has transformed itself from having 400 clients and a US$600,000 portfolio in the year 2000 to more than 28,000 clients and a US$102 million portfolio today. I had the opportunity to chat with Gulnara Shamshieva, chief executive officer (CEO) of Bai Tushum Bank, on how the…

    Posted by Wui Wui Yu

  7. Kiva Fellows Update

    Costa Rican Kitchen Design Hits Zimbabwe

    They may be continents apart, but Costa Rica and Zimbabwe face some of the same challenges when it comes to life in a rural community. A lack of electricity means no fridges to keep food chilled. Cooking is often done over an open fire inside the home but, increasingly, the severe health risks (particularly to women and children) of the smoky environment are becoming evident. And there’s…

    Posted by Alan Mathers

  8. Kiva Fellows Update

    “My dreams for my children came true!”

    As I approach Faleula, one of the many villages along the road that circles Samoa’s Upolu Island, I am excited and a little nervous. I am about to meet a Kiva borrower for the first time! I wonder what she will be like; will she be happy to meet me and talk about her business or will she see me as an interruption or even an intrusion. When I arrive at Mile’s general store, she greets me with a…

    Posted by Nelly Martin

  9. Kiva Fellows Update

    Free Range Dreams

    I traveled north, away from Kampala, towards a small town called Luwero.   After the wall to wall congestion of the city, it was a relief to finally have an open stretch of road with green trees and grassy fields to either side.   I was looking forward to meeting Haruna, a man who had borrowed from BRAC Uganda in the fall of 2014 to revive his sagging poultry business.    Six months later, my…

    Posted by Sheryl Onopchenko

  10. Kiva Fellows Update

    International Women's Day the Zimbabwean Way

    What better time to showcase the amazing endurance and entrepreneurial spirit of Zimbabwean women than on International Women’s Day?   I was fortunate enough to sit down with two groups of women, The Mercedes Club Group and The Divine Touch Group, in Mutare, Zimbabwe. They discussed how the changing Zimbabwean economy has had an indirect impact on their families lives and their decision…

    Posted by Tess Murphy

  11. Kiva Fellows Update

    Fast and Furious: Tajik Drift

    I am sitting in a Lada 1500, zooming down a pothole-filled tarmac road in the middle of nowhere, Tajikistan. This is a 2004 Russian-made car, which at its time of production had a few enhancements that included a clock and improved sound-proofing. What it lacked were airbags, seat belts and doors that did not feel like they could fall off anytime. We were going 90 miles an hour, swerving around…

    Posted by Terence Yeo

  12. Kiva Fellows Update

    Inside a Zimbabwean rural home

    We’d left at 6.30 in the morning, and travelled several hours through the district of Guruve, in Northern Zimbabwe, along increasingly potholed, flooded and narrow ‘roads’. Our aim was to visit Melter, one of the young women who have taken a Kiva loan through the local partner here in Zimbabwe, The Campaign for Female Education (Camfed). We’d come to find out how things were going with her…

    Posted by Alan Mathers

  13. Kiva Fellows Update

    Empowering Women Farmers in Kenya

    For three days in February, I visited Kiva borrowers in Nyanza Province near Lake Victoria in the southwest of Kenya. The visits took me to the city of Kisii and the nearby towns of Nyamira and Kenyenya via countless pickup truck, boda-boda, and matatu rides. Although it was invaluable to see a side of Kenya other than my base of Nairobi, the remoteness of the region gave me a new appreciation…

    Posted by Tony Chow

  14. Kiva Fellows Update

    Handing Out Money is Anything but Boring

    Motbung branch staff along with the Kiva Coordinator and us, the Kiva Fellows! Last Tuesday, I got the chance to attend a loan disbursement at one of WSDS’s branch offices in Motbung, about 30 minutes from Manipur’s capital city of Imphal. A loan disbursement is exactly what is sounds like, handing out cash to groups of WSDS clients who have applied for a loan, gone through training, and been…

    Posted by Darcey Tindall

  15. Kiva Fellows Update

    Guinea Pigs - Better Served as Pets or Meals?

    Are guinea pigs better served as pets or meals?  This is one question I never thought I would have the opportunity to answer.   It was a sunny Tuesday here in Ecuador and the loan officers and I were headed to go meet with a Kiva borrower to discuss how her business of raising chickens was doing.  Along the way, my stomach began to growl.  I expressed to the loan officers that I was hungry and…

    Posted by Cassandra Salcedo

  16. Kiva Fellows Update

    There's Something About Munara...

    It is a delight to meet Munara. She is 60 years old, chatty and bubbly, ever ready to pose for photos and talk about her family and farm. Her personality seems to rub off on her family, both her sons, Tolon and Bakyt, also have warm personalities. They ask many questions about Kiva and the Internet. Her husband, Abakir, is more quiet, but is still very eager to put on his best fur hat to…

    Posted by Wui Wui Yu

  17. Kiva Fellows Update

    Danni's Secret Recipe from Ecuador

    Danni cooking and preparing for her day's work After venturing through hours of the greenest landscape over several hills, we finally made it to Borbon, a small city in Northern Ecuador.  Our mission was to find Danni - a Kiva borrower.  However, it wasn't as simple as one may think.  First, we had to climb down a hill into an area of several homes.  The loan officers forgot which direction…

    Posted by Cassandra Salcedo

  18. Kiva Fellows Update

    Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Guatemala

    I have had the opportunity to visit 4 women entrepreneurs of Fundación Namaste Guatemaya to see in practice how our field partner helps make Guatemalan women entrepreneurs be successful in their business. The women I visited are part of the Namaste Business Development Program. Namaste does not only disburse the loan but also provides education and mentorship during the nine month loan cycle. A…

    Posted by Bas Bouwman

  19. Kiva Fellows Update

    (Baby) Food for Thought

    Ari Raz with one of PureJoy's baby food varieties. Photo by Ralph Alswang. There are very few people who would buy a one-way ticket to Washington DC with the dream of getting into food production. Meet Ari Raz, one of the founders of PureJoy, who capitalized on the city’s strong entrepreneurial spirit and support for small food businesses. Ari initially intended to start a restaurant. However,…

    Posted by Mary Halder

  20. Kiva Fellows Update

    Unlocking one family vision in Myanmar

    I’ve been traveling for the past 2 week to visit villagers who are Kiva borrowers in Myanmar’s Dry Zone. I visited 10 villages in 3 townships, which all in all meant spending about 25 hours on motorbike and 20 hours on a bus. It was a long and tiresome trip. However, I had a chance to learn more about the Proximity Designs’ loan operation on the field and got to know lots of nice and kind…

    Posted by Krittika Kaewmamuang