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A Dog Day Adventure: Saving Kiva Searches

Meet Otis. He’s a happy guy who loves helping others and has been saving up his milk bones to make a loan on Kiva. We’re going to follow along as he gets acquainted with a new feature that can help him find loans he loves! Time to start! First things first, the Kiva Lend page. Just need to find a borrower to fund, easy as peanut butter pie.      1,838 loan ...

Kiva Blog Update

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Thousands of HP Employees Invited to Loan on Kiva Through ‘Matter to a Million’

  Kiva’s lending community has helped improve the lives of more than one million borrowers around the world in the past 8 years. Our lenders are the driving force behind Kiva’s success, so it’s with great enthusiasm that we welcome new faces into that family through an exciting partnership with the HP Company Foundation.    Beginning February 25, each of HP’s thousands of ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Higher Education Takes Center Stage with New Innovative Partnership

  We’re excited to announce that Kiva and Vittana, a pioneer of higher-education loans in the developing world, are launching an unprecedented partnership that will amplify the reach and impact of crowdfunded loans to students.  Vittana’s student loans will be redirected to the Kiva website for crowdfunding starting April 2, 2014. Kiva’s platform will allow Vittana’s microfi ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Watch and Share for International Women's Day: Women Make it Happen:

When we invest in women, communities are healthier and safer. Fewer people are malnourished, education is prioritized and incomes increase across the board. Women make it happen, every day. Let’s make it happen for women this International Women’s Day. Watch and SHARE to show your support:

Kiva Fellows Update

Kiva Fellows Update,

Los Angeles Father & Son Thank Kiva Zip Lenders

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Julio and William, second-time Kiva Zip borrowers from Los Angeles.  Within a few minutes, I could see how warm, dedicated and hardworking they are.  They are committed to their families, their business and their Kiva Zip lenders.  I'm excited (and honored) to share their story with you.     Julio & William   Julio first moved ...

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  1. Kiva Fellows Update

    Kiva Zip thaws the credit freeze for small farmers

    Robert Breen and Mary Ellen Taylor bonding over lettuce & Kiva Zip. Photo by Ralph Alswang. "It is overwhelming to me to feel that from a lending community, from people that I do not know, who are so generous and so giving, helping me to improve and grow my success in this business. It’s just awesome. We talk about it every day, what we’re going to do with the money. People are donating to us…

    Posted by Robert Breen

  2. Kiva Fellows Update

    Breaking cultural barriers in the fight against poverty

    Paynesville south - suburb of Monrovia, Liberia I have just realized that my definition of poverty has evolved over the past 6 months as I have gotten to know my host countries and have met with various people in different communities. Poverty is not always the lack of resources to enjoy a minimum standard of life and well-being, provided that how one assesses that is anything but…

    Posted by Maryse Gbeassor

  3. Kiva Fellows Update

    The Beauty of Business

    Edith, a Kiva borrower, has a small wooden hair studio in Torkpoi town.There are things we do to survive. We find work, shelter, food and pay our bills. Then there are the things we do to live. To live, we feed ourselves with the arts, conversation, beauty, sports, entertainment and nature. What a people do to live says a huge amount about them. These pursuits do not seem to cease in times of…

    Posted by Yvonne Deane

  4. 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 2002,…

    Posted by Shane Fahy

  5. Kiva Fellows Update

    3 Ways an LA Kiva Borrower is Leading a Local Food Revolution

      Photo Credit: Rudy Espinoza   1.  His Business: Re-Designing Store to Increase Access to Healthy Food  Nelson’s store is the snack mecca for his neighborhood including dozens of junior and senior high school students who swarm the store every afternoon. Previously, on any given afternoon, you would see kids line up out the door to purchase excessively sugary, salty and processed…

    Posted by Lucy Prom

  6. Kiva Fellows Update

    'Petty' Traders Hustle to Survive, Looking for a Way Up

    Freetown’s narrow, dusty and often unpaved streets seem to squeeze life through them at an intensity that is difficult to imagine in a ‘western city’. Rivers of people and goods spill over from makeshift sidewalks into oncoming cars and motorcycle taxis that weave in and out of each other amid an endless din of beeping horns. Hawkers hiss and suck their teeth to get your attention.…

    Posted by Shane Fahy

  7. Kiva Fellows Update

    Building Community Through Kiva Zip

    Elizabeth from The Happy Tomato displaying her sauce at Community Investment Collaborative's graduation ceremony in Charlottesville, VA. It was my first week as a Kiva fellow. A few weeks earlier I left training in San Francisco and my laptop was filled with PDFs and powerpoints; I had all the facts of Kiva Zip down. In my mind, I knew that this was an innovative loan product; 0% interest loans…

    Posted by Alyssa Thomas

  8. Kiva Fellows Update

    'You Are Magic': A Dispatch from Zimbabwe

    I push the button and the black steel door slides across its tracks, revealing morning traffic and fallen rusty flowers from the nearby Flamboyant Tree.  Every morning it’s the same, as I start my 30-minute walk to the office.  For the next 2 kilometers, I wind through residential avenues, pass by small batches of commerce, and finally pass through the shaded entrance to Camfed, where a…

    Posted by Patrick Hayes

  9. Kiva Fellows Update

    I Was Amazed By This Kiva Borrower in Coastal Kenya

    Sidi and I at her produce stall in Malindi!   After visiting various Kiva borrowers throughout the lush tea and dense maize fields of western and central Kenya, I now get to work with Milango Financial Services out of the coastal city of Mombasa!  There is a lot to enjoy on the coast.   You do have to adjust to the heat, and be aware of the sometimes tense environment due to…

    Posted by David Picciao

  10. Kiva Fellows Update

    Dispatch from Brooklyn: After Loan Rejections, Zip Gives Chef a Second Chance

    Chef Garrick   “Nobody believed in me. They told me I couldn’t do it,” said Garrick, owner of Mason Catering Services.   I met Garrick in late-March at one of his catering events in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (aka Bed-Stuy, my neighborhood). Garrick, Jamaican-born and a U.S. resident for the last five years, has built up his business from nothing. In 2011, with only $150 in his…

    Posted by Zach Kahn

  11. Kiva Fellows Update

    Pittsburgh Launches its Kiva City Movement

    Evan Segal looks on as Tracy Carter speaks at the Kiva City Pittsburgh launch party. “Pittsburgh is going to be a model for Kiva Zip.” Evan Segal, a Pittsburgh business leader and Kiva Zip proponent, began the Kiva City Pittsburgh launch with a bold prediction. Last week, Pittsburgh became the 8th Kiva City, launching at Marty’s Market in Pittsburgh’s Strip District with over 160 attendees.…

    Posted by Susan Nielsen

  12. Kiva Fellows Update

    How Housing Loans Can Change Lives

    Carlos, a single father to a chronically-ill child, is building a house with his Kiva loan so he can start a small store in his home. When I lend on Kiva, I want to support a budding entrepreneur, someone that shows innovation in their small-scale business, has big dreams and is now able to run after them. I like to imagine that as a Kiva lender, I am a small part of a catalytic process that…

    Posted by Sophie Aigner

  13. Kiva Fellows Update

    Los Angeles Father & Son Thank Kiva Zip Lenders

    Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Julio and William, second-time Kiva Zip borrowers from Los Angeles.  Within a few minutes, I could see how warm, dedicated and hardworking they are.  They are committed to their families, their business and their Kiva Zip lenders.  I'm excited (and honored) to share their story with you.     Julio & William   Julio first moved to…

    Posted by Lucy Prom

  14. Kiva Fellows Update

    Improving Lives One Lamb at a Time in Rural India

    All across India, women are taking an active role in creating better living standards for their families. Far from any cosmopolitan city, the village of Anawal is located in a rural area of the Bagalkot District, north of Karnataka in India.  Similar to other local villages, Anawal has a population of few hundred families striving to make a living in the harsh conditions of a hot semi-arid…

    Posted by Mariana Oom

  15. Kiva Fellows Update

    Two Single Moms Bringing a Taste of Venezuela & Colombia to Portland

    I heard a lot of great things about Oregon before moving here for the Kiva Fellowship: it's beautiful, no shortage of live music and local food, Portland is where all the “coolest” people from San Francisco eventually move… However, as I set out to get to know Kiva’s existing Trustees (partners that make our work possible in and around the Portland area) I was not expecting the immense amount of…

    Posted by Jennifer Terry

  16. Kiva Fellows Update

    Getting Robbed & Getting Over It

    I'm currently reading Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath book. There's a section about London's response to the German blitzkrieg of 1940. Churchill and the rest of the government were worried that people would panic when the expected attack came. Psychiatric hospitals were set up in preparation for the mental casualties and an underground tunnel system was proposed. But when the attacks…

    Posted by Jonah Brill

  17. Kiva Fellows Update

    From Zimbabwe: A Sacred, Solemn Rally Cry

      Wedza District - Zimbabwe After arriving in Harare on Wednesday, I got started right away with Camfed on Thursday morning.  Kiva's Regional Director for Africa. Cher, arrived, along with my Field Support Specialist, Claire, and Portfolio Manager, Mac.  The timing of their site visit was a fortunate one for me, as it provided an immediate and extremely in-depth orientation to Camfed's…

    Posted by Patrick Hayes

  18. Kiva Fellows Update

    Mobile Banking in Indonesia

    Ruma agents working at their shop (warung) Many people have no doubt heard of the success of mobile banking in Kenya through M-PESA, a service that has expanded financial services to millions of rural East Africans.  In the East Asia and Pacific region, 55% of the population is unbanked.  At the same time, mobile phones are widespread – which begs the question: what is the holding the region…

    Posted by John Winslow

  19. Kiva Fellows Update

    The long, lonely road to becoming an engineer in Burkina Faso

    Maboudou, 27, was one of the first graduate students to fund his studies with Micro Start through a Kiva loan of $4,250 I’m currently working with the partner Micro Start, a microfinance institution based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. They are one of the few in West Africa offering a loan product to college students. Since 2012, they have been piloting this product with a graduate school of…

    Posted by Maryse Gbeassor

  20. Kiva Fellows Update

    Honeymoon in Sierra Leone

    Two years ago, back in Dublin, I hatched a plan to become a Kiva Fellow. In Africa, if at all possible. To make the dream stick, I enrolled in a development work preparatory course held on weekends in an old Georgian building. “First will come the honeymoon period,” the facilitator warned, in a class on cultural immersion. “Then culture shock, then adaptation. Finally, when you return home,…

    Posted by Yvonne Deane