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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

    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

  2. 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

  3. Kiva Fellows Update

    120 Borrowers in 120 Minutes

    Microlending in Action As currently the only Fellow serving in West Africa, I feel quite responsible for ensuring that I do my absolute best when representing not only Kiva (#KivaLove) but also my field partner and my American homeland. (My current partner is a microfinance organization called Grameen Ghana that serves clients in the Northern Region of Ghana. It is not affiliated with the…

    Posted by Shannon Kossick

  4. Kiva Fellows Update

    In the City that Never Sleeps, NYC Entrepreneurs Work Harder than You

    Here we are in the BIG APPLE, a city that plays hard and works even harder. It’s been a busy first month of my fellowship and things aren’t looking to slow down anytime soon. The NYC Zip team here has set the pace – hint; it’s not slow- and I have hit the ground sprinting. Last month, Kiva Zip hosted an event in partnership with Small Business Solutions of NYC. Over 30 business professionals…

    Posted by Elizabeth Williams

  5. Kiva Fellows Update

    How to make friends and influence people...... Azeri style!

    Thoughts on my first week in Azerbaijan and working with the wonderful people at AqroInvest.  The inspirational Mr. Ayyub So finally after weeks struggling to get a visa I eventually arrive in Azerbaijan. I somehow manage to navigate the creaking Baku metro system and find my way to the AqroInvest office. But what next? Well….the people are unbelievably friendly.  It’s like one big happy…

    Posted by Vince Main

  6. Kiva Fellows Update

    Islamic Finance: What it means for Microloans to be Sharia Compliant

         The difference between Islamic finance and “regular” finance is this: generally, in Islamic finance, risk and profit are shared between lenders and borrowers thereby tying the success of lenders to borrowers. It has grown steadily since the emergence of large Islamic banks in Saudi Arabia in the 1970’s and opens a new avenue for current cash-only populations (Garrett 2011). This is…

    Posted by Nadia Al-Absy

  7. Kiva Fellows Update

    A Taste of Jordan: Vegetarian Bamia

    Near the Mediterranean Sea, Jordan shares many of the regions culinary traditions, such as fresh veggie based dishes filled with healthy fats like olive oil. With only a handful of ingredients, Bamia comes together quickly and easily. While traditionally made with lamb, goat, or chicken, my recipe is a vegetarian version. Serve over rice, with fresh bread, or on its own. It's a quick meal for…

    Posted by Nadia Al-Absy

  8. Kiva Fellows Update

    Three Colombians I'll Never Forget !

      After spending 3 great months with Interactuar in Medellin, I never would have imagined I´d have the privilege to meet these three Colombian Kiva borrowers with such unique businesses.  Not only are Interactuar´s mission, microfinance products and business development services outstanding, they serve some of Colombia´s hardestworking and kind people working to provide for their…

    Posted by David Picciao

  9. Kiva Fellows Update

    We can Piki Too! Well... one of us can.

    I have been in Kenya for almost 4 months now for my fellowship. Some of my time was spent in Nairobi, and some in western and rural parts of the country. Getting around by motorbike (“piki piki” or “boda boda”) is a way of life in Kenya. But I’ve never seen a female driver. Granted, it’s not an everyday occurrence in the western world either, but motorcycles in general are also not nearly so…

    Posted by Erin Yamaoka

  10. Kiva Fellows Update

    Reasons to Always Learn the Local Language

    Those of you who know me well know my love for lingustics, and learning  languages around the world. My Kiva Fellowship was a perfect opportunity to nurture this passion of mine further. Since I arrived in Kenya, I've been learning the beautiful language of Swahili. When you love learning languages, it also makes you also meet some amazing local people that you develop bonds with ... Meet…

    Posted by Nina Patel

  11. Kiva Fellows Update

    This blog will self-destruct in 30 seconds....

    “Your mission Jim, should you chose to accept it…..” drones the familiar voice. We all know what happens next. Well my mission was to share my thoughts and experiences of Fellows training week. So here goes….   The Kiva workspace is extraordinary. Located in downtown San Francisco it is a large loft type space with an industrial feel. Any resemblance to the bland, hierarchical, corporate…

    Posted by Vince Main

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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