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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

    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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Kiva Fellows Update

    A Kiva Zip Borrower Honors Her Lenders with Product Names

    Working with a borrower like Athene inspires me because she represents true ambition and commitment; both traits that are essential in becoming successful as an entrepreneur.  Athene is the owner of Sweet Pea Prop Shop, an online store that sells newborn clothing to professional photographers as props. She created her business in an effort to re-integrate into a slowly recovering economy and…

    Posted by Sydnie Nicoll

  13. Kiva Fellows Update

    ‘I am a Refugee'

    “We don’t think life can be more bad than here in Kenya right now…. we wish this to end soon,” says Joyce a 19-year-old Congolese refugee and single mother of two.  In 2009, at the age of 15, Joyce and her family fled the war in Umoja, Democratic Republic of Congo in search of safe land. One day they heard on the radio that there was safety in Kenya. After two months of traveling, they arrived…

    Posted by Shikha Dubey

  14. Kiva Fellows Update

    The MBA-Worthy Businessmen of Zimbabwe

    I moved to South Africa from Zimbabwe two weeks ago for the second placement of my fellowship. As part of my work for expanding Kiva’s partnerships within South Africa, I have been meeting with lots of interesting organizations with very innovative business models. Whenever I mention that I worked in Zimbabwe before arriving to South Africa, they cannot stop talking about the entrepreneurial…

    Posted by Ayse Sabuncu

  15. Kiva Fellows Update

    Acts of Kindness: A Dedication to a Loving Mother

    As a dedication, this post is a bit of a departure from your regularly scheduled Kiva Fellows programming. For this I ask your forgiveness - I'm writing for a special reason, which you'll discover soon.   Given the amount of distressing news in the media lately, it can be easy to lose sight of all the kindness and compassion in the world. On a recent trip through western Uganda, I was reminded…

    Posted by Adam Halpert

  16. Kiva Fellows Update

    Colombia and Kenya? An Unlikely Pair....

    Its been 10 months since I left my previous job in Los Angeles and had the privilege to become a Kiva Fellow.  I began working in beautiful Kenya and am now in colorful Colombia. Though geographically far apart, there are more similarities between the two countries than one might think.   Some of my fondest memories are from visiting about 20 Kiva borrowers all over Kenya.  While…

    Posted by David Picciao

  17. Kiva Fellows Update

    The Art of Waiting in Kenya

    Village view from a matatu As I approach the matatu stage I feel a bout of irritation.  Completely empty.  I am the first passenger to arrive, which undoubtedly means waiting for an indefinite amount of time until it is full and ready to head out.  I quickly text the Kiva borrower I am to visit to tell her I may be late.  Having been in this situation many times before, she messages me back with…

    Posted by Traci Yoshiyama

  18. Kiva Fellows Update

    The Joys of a Mobile Loan Tool, and an Old-School Office

    On a recent trip out of Nairobi, we arrived in Eldama Ravine, a small town of around 15,000 people in Kenya's Rift Valley Province.  On our arrival we were greeted by Benson, the local loan officer for SMEP Microfinance Bank, who proudly walked us down Eldama Ravine's main street, into a building containing a general store and an education center, and up two flights of stairs to a small office…

    Posted by Steve Isaacs