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Our Hearts are with Nepal

Photo by Flickr user Oliver Whiteside On April 25, the most devastating earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years claimed the lives of thousands of people and destroyed homes and cultural sites. The Kiva community’s thoughts are with the people of Nepal and all the families that have been affected by this tragedy. Kiva reached out to our two partners in Nepal, Patan Business and Professional Wome ...

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Dr. Bronner's and Kiva Partner to Support Small-Scale Farmers in Ghana

Kiva and Dr. Bronner's, the family-owned company that makes the most popular brand of natural soap in North America, are kicking off an exciting new partnership called Seedlings for Small Farmers! Starting April 23, Kiva will crowdfund 0% interest loans to support smallholder farmers in Ghana who grow certified organic and fair trade oil palm  used in Dr. Bronner’s soap. And, for a limited ...

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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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Mukula’s Dream: A better future for her boys

Like many women in India, Mukula was a child bride. Now she runs a weaving business with 2 employees out of the workshop in her home. Read her story here>

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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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    Going Against the Current: A Inspiring Story of High Impact Water Lending in Bolivia

    When you think of Kiva and microfinance in general, you might picture individual entrepreneurs improving their businesses or families accessing credit for pressing everyday needs. While these types of loans are very important, one of the things that sets Kiva apart from other microfinance organizations its dedication to supporting innovation to discover new, high impact loan products. In my…

    Posted by Katherine Leonetti

  2. Kiva Fellows Update

    Solar Loans in the Solomons

    According to a World Bank press release published in 2014, the Solomon Islands has one of the lowest rates of electricity access in the world and some of the highest electricity prices. In rural areas, where most of the population lives, only about 6% of households are connected to the electricity grid (World Bank, 2014). I just spent the last four weeks of my Kiva Fellowship in the Solomon…

    Posted by Nelly Martin

  3. Kiva Fellows Update

    I Am The Wolverine

    Conducting Borrower Verifications is one of the main responsibilities for many Kiva Fellows. A BV is essentially an audit of a borrower to ensure that they're a real person using their Kiva loan for its stated purpose and to assess its impact on their life. Needless to say, there's quite a few adventures to be had while spending three weeks on the road to do twenty BVs in Western Kenya. The…

    Posted by Tony Chow

  4. Kiva Fellows Update

    Baked in El Salvador

    Blanca with bakery in the background As the CrediCampo staff and myself walked up to Blanca’s house, we were hit with the aroma of freshly baked bread and cookies. From the outside it looked like a normal Salvadoran home, but inside was a fully operating bakery with a very motherly and warm 61-year old woman at the helm. But life wasn’t always this sweet for Blanca. She had to forgo school as a…

    Posted by Hector Ramos

  5. Kiva Fellows Update

    Gorillas Need Loans Too

     Meet Jane, a young mother whom I recently hired as a porter in Southwestern Uganda.  The duties of a porter in Bwindi’s Impenetrable Forest are not unlike those of a Sherpa in the Himalayas, except instead of climbing mountains, they are tracking jungle animals.   Jane and I had a long and arduous day ahead as we set out with a team to pursue a family of Mountain Gorillas.  The goal was to find…

    Posted by Sheryl Onopchenko

  6. Kiva Fellows Update

    Shell Money in the Solomon Islands

    I love collecting seashells. Even if I don’t plan on looking for them, I rarely manage to walk along a beach without picking up a few pieces along the way. So when I arrived in the Solomon Islands and heard about “shell money”, I immediately wanted to learn more. When I subsequently found out that one of the Kiva borrowers in the Solomon Islands makes shell money, I knew I would have to try to…

    Posted by Nelly Martin

  7. Kiva Fellows Update

    Cows on the Range = Gas for the Range

    María Isabel has lived on her farm for fifteen years. Before that, she lived in the capital, San José. It was a hard life trying to earn a living when she didn’t complete school. But on her farm, María Isabel has been able to thrive. Cows on the Range María Isabel owns nine dairy cows and milks them every day. Then, twice a day she makes cheese and sour cream. María Isabel has many clients in…

    Posted by Kelly Diggins

  8. Kiva Fellows Update

    Leading the Charge to Empower Women in Afghanistan

    I recently had the pleasure to speak with Rangina, a current Kiva borrower and the founder of Kandahar Treasure, an artisan organization established in 2003 and based in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Rangina is a member of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise (www.alllianceforartisanenterprise.org), a Kiva Field Partner which works with artisan groups globally to help them access needed financing and…

    Posted by Erin Tochen

  9. Kiva Fellows Update

    The middleman: an unsung hero

    Los Pinos Monquecagua Group in their potato field As a Kiva Fellow working in Honduras, I have had the opportunity to visit an array of impressive borrowers, a large number of whom are smallholder farmers. Although their stories are inspiring, a common theme many have shared with me is the adverse impact of the middleman. Locally referred to as an “intermediary” or “coyote,” the middleman will…

    Posted by Christopher Jetter

  10. Kiva Fellows Update

    Palestinian Women: Runners, Mothers and Breadwinners

    On March 27th, I ran the Palestine “Right to Movement” Marathon with 2,000+ other runners through the old city of Bethlehem in the West Bank.  Despite my fatigue, I was delighted to learn that female participation is a whopping 39%.  In fact, the winner of the women’s 10k, Nisreen Fawagrah, who finished only about 4 minutes after the male winner, is Palestinian. At Faten, (Palestine for Credit…

    Posted by Rachel Moore

  11. Kiva Fellows Update

    3 Kiva Zip Farmers Take on 3 New York City Slickers

    Born and raised in Westchester County, NY, which my NYC friends refer to as “Upstate”, you may be surprised to hear I’d never been on a farm before. Fortunately, Kiva Zip gave me the chance to change that with a two-day farm tour. I hop into a Zip car in downtown Manhattan, with a dream and my farm-friendly boots. With Katherine driving, Ushma coordinating the trip, and myself navigating (and…

    Posted by Emily Gutman

  12. Kiva Fellows Update

    Vietnam: 40 Years After Reunification

    A man overlooks the crowd gathering to watch the Da Nang International Fireworks Competition on the Han River on April 29, 2015.It's April 30, 2015, or 40 years to the day since the Vietnam war ended. If you didn't already know, you might not guess it walking the streets of Da Nang, Vietnam's central hub and quickly developing showcase city. Aside from the national flags lining the pavement and…

    Posted by Kari Derenzi

  13. Kiva Fellows Update

    The power of connections

    During my fellowship I’ve met so many inspiring, creative and wonderful entrepreneurs. I’ve been amazed by the devotion and commitment of our trustees, that are working so hard to help make our entrepreneurs' dreams come true. During my fellowship I’ve also made one particularly meaningful connection – I’ve met Norman. Norman is a double borrower with Kiva Zip and he has used his Kiva Zip…

    Posted by Ramona Heim

  14. Kiva Fellows Update

    From tears to laughter: a story of resilience...

    By far the most rewarding aspect of my Kiva Fellowship here in Zimbabwe, is the opportunity to meet individual Kiva borrowers and to understand from them, first hand, how they are using their loans to transform their lives. Sometimes, however, those accounts can be painful to hear. Patience lives in the Gokwe district, in the north west of the country. I was slightly concerned about the trip to…

    Posted by Alan Mathers

  15. Kiva Fellows Update

    From CA to CO - The Difference of a Letter

    Photo Cred: Central Wesleyan Church A letter can’t make that much of a difference in the overall scheme of things…right? I mean, how much lost in translation really is there from adding a letter (neighbor v. neighbour – you may just sound that much more sophisticated with the latter, but that’s about it), subtracting a letter (foregoing v. forgoing – you’ve either already passed the thing by…

    Posted by Shannon Kossick

  16. Kiva Fellows Update

    It Takes a Village

    Last Friday, I was invited to the community assembly in La Suiza, Costa Rica. This assembly takes place every two years to vote for the Credit Committee’s Board of Directors. A credit committee is similar to a village bank in that it is responsible for assessing and approving loan requests, disbursing loans to borrowers, collecting loan payments, documenting all credit requests and exchanges,…

    Posted by Kelly Diggins

  17. Kiva Fellows Update

    The Garissa Attack - What It Means For My Time in Kenya

    It was early Thursday morning, and I was in Kibera on a borrower visit with one of our trustees and two other Fellows. It was around 10AM when I take out my phone to check the time. I see a text from my sister asking if I know anyone in Garissa. Garissa? Why would she be asking me about a random city in Kenya? I shut my phone thinking I’ll respond later so I can focus on the visit. About two…

    Posted by Vinayak Reddy

  18. Kiva Fellows Update

    A Glimpse Inside the Life of an Empowered Borrower

    During one of my routine field visits, I had the pleasure of meeting an incredible woman.  Pascaline, a very confident and friendly woman, welcomed me with wide open arms and made me feel very comfortable. Shortly after my arrival, we got seated and she started narrating her story with overwhelming pride on her face.  She gave me a brief description of how she started her home-based enterprise…

    Posted by Aminatou Diallo

  19. Kiva Fellows Update

    Laundry Day in a Water Shortage

    Who likes laundry day? Not me. Doing laundry can be a hassle, but eventually it becomes unavoidable. After wearing the same clothes for far too long, this week it was time for me to break out the buckets.  Laundry supplies. Detergent not pictured. Doing laundry in Imphal has taught me the value of something very basic, water. Here, water does not come to your sink through municipal pipes.…

    Posted by Darcey Tindall

  20. Kiva Fellows Update

    Rebuilding After Osh Conflict: 5 Years On

    As I walk through the lively and crowded central market in Osh city, soaking in the sound and smell, it is hard to believe that just five years ago many parts of this market were destroyed and burnt down during the ethnic conflict in June 2010. Osh city, located in southern Kyrgystan, is the second largest city in the country after Bishkek, the capital. The impact of the 2010 conflict is…

    Posted by Wui Wui Yu