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Top 20 Tips and Hacks to Travel Like a Kiva Pro

Photo by Flickr user Lyza Dange Kivans travel a ton, for work and for fun, so we crowdsourced the best travel hacks our staff and volunteers use on their trips around the globe. These tips will not only make your journey easier but will also give you more insight into the place you’re visiting! Check out the tips at Kiva's Medium page>

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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Iraqi Woman Runs Prosthetic Limb Business to Serve Injured

News reports about Iraq are dominated by talk of conflict, bombings, casualties, and more conflict. But through the tragedy, there is hope. We are so inspired by the Iraqi women entrepreneurs who are taking out loans through Relief International, and are intent on bringing improvements and services to their communities regardless of the circumstances. Meet Meada. She is an incredible woman takin ...

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  1. Kiva Fellows Update

    The Aftermath of Ferguson: Making a Road Map for Change

    Ferguson, the ‘F’ word that’s guaranteed to divide a room into defensive ideological camps along the lines of who was right, who was wrong, and how to make it better. Thanks to the barrage of media coverage since the shooting of teen Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9, the blinding national spotlight has caused St. Louis to acknowledge the ugly skeleton in our closet: racism is…

    Posted by Chelsea Dyer

  2. Kiva Fellows Update

    Shop Small, Invest Big

    This holiday season, let’s put our dollars where we want them- in the hands of the people building and shaping our communities. Kimberly from Mimik Design Co. Kiva Zip is asking YOU this week; in addition to supporting small businesses by “Shopping Small” on Saturday November 29th- we urge you to invest BIG. Invest your dollars in entrepreneurs all over the country funding loans through Kiva…

    Posted by Elizabeth Williams

  3. Kiva Fellows Update

    Microfinance at Work in the Delta Region of Myanmar

    After two months of my fellowship at the Proximity Design, now it’s time to find out how microfinance is used in practice. I went together with the Kiva HQ staff to visit Tha Pyay Kan village in Pyapon Distric which is about 75 miles south of Yangon and serves as a center for collecting rice from the surrounding agricultural areas. It took us three hours by car and another hour by boat to…

    Posted by Krittika Kaewmamuang

  4. Kiva Fellows Update

    5 Essential Skills Every Kiva Fellow Needs and How To Develop Them at Home

    If you’re thinking about becoming a Kiva Fellow, there are a few invaluable skills you should develop prior to entering the field. This list has been tested and compiled based on multiple fellows’ experiences. If you can nail all five of these skills, you are on your way to becoming an excellent fellow. You’ll do Kiva proud.   1.     The ability to shower in a bucket.   The skill: It’s very…

    Posted by Annie Lydens

  5. Kiva Fellows Update

    Give a man a chance - Don't forget about supporting male borrowers!

    So we've all been there. At least I have. I'm starting up the Kiva website to go look for a new borrower to support. I might click on one of the pictures right on the homepage, because something catches my attention. A smile, an animal that snuck onto the image, a background that looks intriguing. But I'd quickly get on to the filters, and the first one I check is always the same: only show me…

    Posted by Sarah Renfer

  6. Kiva Fellows Update

    The Power of a Loan and a Business Savvy Woman.

    Mary, a role model for others in her group and town. Mary is 38 years old and mother to a 7 year old child.     In just over 2 years she has gone from selling vegetables at the roadside to being the proud owner of a hair salon with 2 employees, and has plans to open another shop in the near future.   “I always wanted a hairdressing salon.  At first, whilst still selling…

    Posted by Susan Lee

  7. Kiva Fellows Update

    Expect the Unexpected

    An open stretch of road outside of town We've all heard this many a time and every time the unexpected occurs, it catches us by surprise. We feel like we've lost a bit of control (if only for a short moment) because we were so meticulous about our planning and we wonder how we could of found ourselves in such a situation.  This is especially true when you're on the road; sometimes the…

    Posted by Vardah Malik

  8. Kiva Fellows Update

    Roadtripping in Timor-Leste

    I’ve been on quite a few roadtrips in my life, but this past month in Timor-Leste I embarked on the ultimate roadtripping adventure, complete with dusty dirt roads, winding seaside cliffs, steep rocky mountains, new friends picked up along the way, overnights in obscure places, a five-song Bob Marley playlist, and many, many unexpected road blocks. The route was designed with one mission in…

    Posted by Caroline Dorr

  9. Kiva Fellows Update

    Nerdfighters, Hiddlestoners, and Detroiters: UNITE!

    "Balloon Flower" by Koons There are two very fun parts about my Kiva fellowship: working in NYC and interacting with Kiva lenders about Accion East clients. "Red Cube" by Noguchi I have been a Kiva lender since 2011, but it wasn’t until I joined Accion East as a fellow that I started participating in Kiva lending teams. When an Accion East staff member asked me what a lending team was, I said…

    Posted by Rashmi Khare

  10. Kiva Fellows Update

    A small business is a small business is a small business...

    Statue of Liberty Kiva lenders make loans to individuals seeking to improve their business. They support expanding access to capital for these entrepreneurs. Most people know Kiva for its work across the globe – but did you know that includes the US? Kiva works with US-based microfinance institutions to address the lack of access to capital small businesses face around the world. In the US, we…

    Posted by Rashmi Khare

  11. Kiva Fellows Update

    Life Under a Mosquito Net

    Life under a mosquito net is anything but ordinary; it’s extraordinary. You may think of it as simply an encased existence for the sole purpose of rest without interruption from animals (I would say insects, but that doesn’t include reptiles) that have the potential to disturb your sleep or pass along potential ailments…but it’s so much more than that. A Life of Royalty First, let’s consider…

    Posted by Shannon Kossick

  12. Kiva Fellows Update

    Behind the Scenes… The Trilogy: Training 23 Kiva Agents

    For my Kiva Fellowship I was very lucky to have been placed with One Acre Fund, one of Kiva’s Field Partners in Kenya. I have been in this beautiful country serving as a Fellow for a month and a half, learning about microfinance and its impact at a local level and... I think it’s time for an update! About One Acre Fund One Acre Fund is a non-profit organization that supplies…

    Posted by Ines Eguiagaray

  13. Kiva Fellows Update

    How Do You Find a Borrower in Rural Kosovo?

    Here’s a pop quiz question: how do you find a borrower in rural Kosovo? How about when no one has their address, and the loan officer handling their case has left the microfinance partner organization you’re working with? Part of a Kiva Fellow’s job is to conduct something called a borrower verification, or BV. A BV is an audit of sorts; fellows are tasked with tracking down ten borrowers and…

    Posted by Annie Lydens

  14. Kiva Fellows Update

    PEJIBAYE: The sustainable management of natural resources

    A severe drought has affected Nicaragua during 2014 on what is thought to be the worst in the last three decades. In response, rural communities have started managing their natural resources better and designed strategies to implement a change in rural Nicaragua. During one of my visits to a borrower I found an inspiring story of a group of women having training sessions on food preparation and…

    Posted by Ignacio Trincado

  15. Kiva Fellows Update

    Does Modern Day Azerbaijan Need Our Help?

    The modern Baku skyline One of the most rewarding aspects of being a Kiva fellow is travelling to remote towns and villages and meeting borrowers whose lives are impacted by our loans. Recently I had my first field trip in Azerbaijan and would like to share some observations and stories. Leaving the Baku cityscape behind you everything quickly turns rural and much more basic. Go beyond the…

    Posted by Vince Main

  16. Kiva Fellows Update

    Malawi - The Warm Heart of Africa

    Sunset at Cape Maclear The warm afternoon sun hits my face and instantly relaxes me. After almost 20 hours of travel across multiple times zones, I’m tired but happy to have finally arrived. I’m in Malawi for my posting with Kiva.org, the micro finance company, and I realize it’s exactly 10 years ago to the month that I was last in the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’.  Making my way towards town, I…

    Posted by Susan Lee

  17. Kiva Fellows Update

    Five Things I Didn't Know About Kenya

    One of the best parts of the Kiva Fellowship is the anticipation while awaiting the location of your placement, which could be nearly anywhere Kiva loans are available. Wouldn’t it be great to stroll by the Taj Mahal on the way to work, gallop on horseback through the plains of Mongolia, or take in a sunset on a Samoan beach? Then on a beautiful July afternoon, I almost physically jumped…

    Posted by Tony Chow

  18. Kiva Fellows Update

    Historic Day for Indonesia

    This past Monday, October 20th, I celebrated with tens of thousands of Indonesians in Jakarta to welcome their 7th President, Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, as he’s affectionately called. Jokowi is the first directly-elected Indonesian president who is not tied to the political or military elite dated back to the Suharto era. He rose to success from poor family background by building a furniture export…

    Posted by Irene Fung

  19. Kiva Fellows Update

    Another man's treasure: Resourcefulness in Kenya

    Resourcefulness is perhaps the most essential trait for any entrepreneur.  In Nairobi’s Kibera district, the largest slum in Africa, that trait is apparent everywhere you look.  In an environment where most residents earn no more than $2/day, resourcefulness is the means for survival, and entrepreneurship a vessel for hope.  Traveling around Nairobi, and Kibera in particular, evidence of this…

    Posted by Kunal Kothari

  20. Kiva Fellows Update

    Trust is tangible in Kiva Zip Kenya

    “What if I told you that we provide 0% interest loans for you to grow your business?” was usually the most controversial question during my speaking engagements.   “What’s the catch?” usually followed up my statement. “There is no catch, we are just trying to really outreach to entrepreneurs that need small loans and don’t have access to credit, we trust you will appreciate this loan and repay…

    Posted by Virginia Campo