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Change is in Your Hands: Grameen-Jameel And Kiva Support Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa

Women and youth in the Middle East are pushing boundaries, creating their own opportunities and taking control of their futures. They are the seeds of positive change and you can be a part of their stories through the new Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd. and Kiva campaign, “Change is in Your Hands.” The campaign allows people around the world to go on Kiva and, with as little as a $25, offe ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Haiti Rising: Record Loan Backed by Muhammad Yunus Will Create 300 Quality Jobs

In 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake that weakened the economy and left half the population without employment. More than four years later, Haiti continues to rebuild and jobs remain scarce. Now you can play a role in creating sustainable, long-term recovery in Haiti through Kiva. Kiva and Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus are teaming up with Kreyòl Essence, a social business, to cre ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

The Coolest Part of Kiva You Might Not Know About

Imagine a world where you make a loan on Kiva, our Field Partners distribute that loan to the most vulnerable communities, and then take the next step to address other holistic needs of the community, like health and access to financial education.   Luckily we don’t have to imagine it. Because when you support someone on Kiva, you’re offering more than financial capital. You’re offer ...

Kiva Fellows Update

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 200 ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

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 ...

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  1. Kiva Fellows Update

    From Designer to Refugee to Kiva Zip Borrower in Kenya

    While working on Kiva Zip operations in Kenya, I engage with Trustees (the volunteer backbone of the Kiva Zip model) every day, hearing their stories, experiences, issues, and very often-getting humble invitations to visit their borrowers. These visits are one of my favorite parts of my fellowship. This is when I get to see the impact of the Kiva Zip model on the ground.…

    Posted by Nina Patel

  2. Kiva Fellows Update

    Big Smiles in Small Town Western Uganda

    My Kiva Fellowship recently led me on a 930km trip through Western Uganda, where I visited a variety of borrowers living in rural areas. Although the journey was long and full of dust, sweat and bumpy roads, there were also many laughs, delicious foods and wonderful people along the way. The purpose of this adventure was to meet with eight borrowers scattered around the countryside so that I…

    Posted by Adam Halpert

  3. Kiva Fellows Update

    The Long Road to Connecting with Your Audience

    It was 8 in the morning; I was sitting in front of a group of five staff members from MicroKing’s Gokwe branch, about to start my Kiva training. Gokwe is a small town in a rural area of Zimbabwe. It takes a four-hour bus ride and a two-hour car ride (or a Kombi ride - tiny local buses that lengthen the journey by another 2 hours), which may be why they have never had a Kiva Fellow visit…

    Posted by Ayse Sabuncu

  4. Kiva Fellows Update

    "Art is...worth making. Something risky. Something human.”

    It has been just over three weeks since I started my fellowship with Kiva Zip. When I first applied to the program, I warned my family and friends that I would most likely be very “out of reach” for four months. Meaning that I would be working in a faraway place in a distant time zone- think Samoa, Togo, Bangladesh, or maybe even some country that I had barely heard of or knew very little…

    Posted by Sydnie Nicoll

  5. Kiva Fellows Update

    A Better Life in Kenya's Rift Valley, $11 at a Time

    Last week I travelled to Nakuru, a town to the northwest of Nairobi in Kenya's Rift Valley Province, about three hours away by matatu.  Matatus are the predominant mode of transport in Kenya and while they lack a few comforts - leg room, air conditioning, suspension, and any limit on the number of people that will attempt to fit inside one simultaneously - they have the benefits of being cheap,…

    Posted by Steve Isaacs

  6. Kiva Fellows Update

    Happiness Without a Smile: Facing Bell’s Palsy

    Sometimes it is better to share your challenges after they happened not while they are happening, so here it goes:   A month ago, while I was in L.A. for a work tradeshow I discovered I couldn’t smile… yes, half of my face was totally paralyzed. Thinking it was a stroke I ran to the ER where after a couple of hours and tests they diagnosed me with Bell’s Palsy.   Bell’s…

    Posted by Virginia Campo

  7. Kiva Fellows Update

    Chicago to Nairobi

    After completing Kiva Fellows Training in San Francisco, and moving my last few possessions into storage in Chicago, it was time to make the 8000 mile journey to Nairobi and start my fellowship!  With the exception of some visa troubles at the airport in Chicago, the journey went relatively simply and smoothly; I passed the time pretty effectively with a combination of in-flight movies, coffee…

    Posted by Steve Isaacs

  8. Kiva Fellows Update

    A Resilient Kiva Zip Borrower: Esther, the 'Annapurna of Kibera Slums'

    Kiva Zip is all about human connections. Three weeks in Nairobi and I am just amazed to witness the direct impact the Kiva Zip model is having on their borrowers and the strength of this bond of trustee-borrower-lender relationships.  This week, I met a Kiva Zip borrower, Esther.  She loves and is proud of her little shop “Facebook Cereal” in TOI market area of the Kibera slum in Nairobi,…

    Posted by Nina Patel

  9. Kiva Fellows Update

    Beyond Lending, Helping Clients in Benin Learn to Save

    Over the past month, I have been working with Kiva partner Alidé in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. I recently visited Henriette, one of Alidé’s long-standing clients. Henriette started out selling beverages on the side of the road, eventually opening a small shop in her home. After her husband died, she needed to find a way to expand her business so that she could continue to support…

    Posted by Jennifer Turner

  10. Kiva Fellows Update

    The World Cup is here, but there is another competition taking place in Ghana!

    When it comes to soccer, few countries can compare with the intensity and enthusiasm Ghanaians show for the sport.  When Ghana’s national team (the Black Stars) plays, everyone and I mean everyone is following the match and a contagious optimism permeates the air - no matter who the team is playing.    As one of Africa’s best known teams there is tremendous support all around the world for the…

    Posted by Kadri Lomo

  11. Kiva Fellows Update

    Kiva-Powered Education in Uganda

    Meet Agnes. Agnes is a huge fan of Kiva. She's currently repaying her 6th Kiva loan and enthusiastically states that it likely won't be her last. An outspoken mother of four children, Agnes describes living with four children as "chaos" - but pride is evident on her face as she rattles off their achievements. Her eldest daughter recently finished a business degree, her second eldest is…

    Posted by Adam Halpert

  12. Kiva Fellows Update

    Ever thought about investing in a milk bar?

    When a mzungu meets a Kenyan dairy cow It’s 3pm, heading to the office, after back to back meetings since early morning with mostly dairy farmers. We've been talking to Kiva borrowers, for borrower verification, hours away from the main business districts in the green region of Nkubu in Kenya. Now we're waiting with the loan officer for a boda boda (moto taxi) to drive us on the bumpy roads…

    Posted by Awena Lebeschu

  13. Kiva Fellows Update

    Renew Richmond: Changing the Landscape of Food Access

      If you ever get the chance to visit Richmond, you will most likely spend some time in an area called Carytown. Strolling down West Cary Street you can linger at restaurants, and shop in one of the many locally owned establishments on the street. You will also see not one, not two, and not even three, but four grocery stores all within a few blocks of one another. There is certainly no…

    Posted by Alyssa Thomas

  14. Kiva Fellows Update

    “I built toilets for my kids and a shed for my cow...is that bad?”

    Florence and her cow shed acquired with her Kiva loan I will never forget the day I faced this existential question for the first time...   As a Kiva fellow, I was questioning Florence, an energetic farmer in her fifties, about her family, business, during borrower verifications in the tea plantations of Nkubu in Kenya.   Although she initially thought about buying dairy goats with her Kiva…

    Posted by Awena Lebeschu

  15. Kiva Fellows Update

    Market Stands Strong, Through Fire and Violent Attacks

    Nowhere is the spirit of Entrepreneurship more rampant than in Gikomba market. Gikomba is the largest second-hand clothes market in East Africa. This open-air market located near the Eastleigh neighborhood of Nairobi is home to hundreds of traders.  The traders are small retailers that sell second-hand clothing they purchase from larger distributers for a small profit.  This is a bustling…

    Posted by Shikha Dubey

  16. Kiva Fellows Update

    Entrepreneurship, Clean Cookstoves and Kiva Zip

    Our trustee Kelvin Wambugu from EcoZoom with their products Over 4 million people die prematurely from illness attributed to the household air pollution from cooking with solid fuels. An estimated 25% of global CO2 emissions are generated by the rural poor – accounting for significantly more than all global transportation-related emissions combined. To address these problems, organizations such…

    Posted by Shinez Chalabi

  17. Kiva Fellows Update

    Watching an Army Assemble in Zimbabwe

    So much unrest across Africa. From the tragedy of Nigeria’s Chibok girls stolen from their school, to the violence and terror overtaking Kenya, there are forces aligned that are determined to bind women and compel men toward the unimaginable. Having been on the continent now for three months, I have sensed my proximity to these recent horrors, and I hold friendships with people who are…

    Posted by Patrick Hayes

  18. Kiva Fellows Update

    One Business is Rarely Enough

    John Bosco and me in his farm as he proudly holds up his Kiva Profile Sitting across from John Bosco in the living room of his modest home in rural Uganda, I smiled as he introduced me to his two youngest children. He then told me how he’d used his Kiva loan to purchase fertilizer and a pesticide spray pump to improve his farm. When I asked him if he had any other sources of income he beamed…

    Posted by Matt Ramirez

  19. Kiva Fellows Update

    Clean Technology and Microfinance at Kiva Zip in Kenya

    The Kiva Zip model, based on direct crowd funding from a lender to a borrower through a trustee, supports several key players in the clean technology sector.   Borrowers have access to 0% interest capital to acquire clean cookstoves, solar lamps, solar pumps or bio-digesters, setting themselves as successful entrepreneurs, developing their businesses, generating income and most importantly…

    Posted by Shinez Chalabi

  20. Kiva Fellows Update

    Empowering Women in India: Is it just another slogan?

    “Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies, achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities.” – UN WOMEN Few people will argue about the importance of women empowerment, and its positive impact in society and economy, but…

    Posted by Mariana Oom