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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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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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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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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Kiva Fellows Update

    Start-ups in rural Tajikistan

    “Start-ups” is currently a big buzz word all across the developed world – from San Francisco to Istanbul to Singapore, aspiring entrepreneurs are having a go at starting their next company hoping to make it big one day. Here in Tajikistan, there is also a wave of start-ups being created, driven by women who dream of creating a better life for their families.   In a small district outside the…

    Posted by Terence Yeo

  7. Kiva Fellows Update

    You CAN Have Your Cake AND Eat It Too!

    Julia in her bakery Meet Julia - a 46 year old woman with 4 children who lives in the Cupiche province of Peru. Growing up, she always loved eating her mother's cakes and helping her bake. When Julia worked as a domestic mother in the past, she started to practice her mother's craft by baking and reading cookbooks. As her passion for baking grew, she decided to study Bakery at a local…

    Posted by Cassandra Salcedo

  8. Kiva Fellows Update

    The Biggest Little Hardware Store in Luwera, Uganda

    In order to visit Collins and his hardware supply business, we had to travel one of Uganda’s famously poor roads, suitable for travel only by SUV.  Most don’t have that luxury and neither did we.  The dirt road stretched for twenty never ending kilometers of potholes, trenches and dust clouds that left silt on our shirts though the car’s open window in the searing heat.   Collin’s loan…

    Posted by Sheryl Onopchenko

  9. Kiva Fellows Update

    Carne Asada: A Recipe for Success

    Daysi dreams of having her own restaurant. She pictures a comfortable place for families to come, enjoy, and eat. One day, she hopes to make her restaurant her sole source of income.  Frying Plantain Chips Daysi lives in an area where the paved streets are now rock, where many of the cement houses are now scrap metal, and where the garbage trucks seem to ignore the community. But within this…

    Posted by Kelly Diggins

  10. Kiva Fellows Update

    It’s an 8 Bit World, We’re Just Living in it

    I enter the room and I’m quickly greeted by, “Hi! My name is Luna. What’s your’s?” I’ve just had the good fortune of meeting the four-year old Head of Marketing of 8 Bit Bakeshop, the video game and comic book inspired bakery. Luna is with her mother, Hannah, founder and head pastry chef of 8 Bit Bakeshop. At Cosplay events, Luna is known for attracting people to the 8 Bit booth by shouting at…

    Posted by Emily Gutman

  11. Kiva Fellows Update

    A Little Lunch Goes a Long Way

    It was a beautiful Thursday morning in Lima, Peru; 85 degrees and sunny.  My commute to work was on a bus built for 40 people, but it was overflowing with people at almost triple it’s capacity.  After previous trips, I have grown accustomed to feeling like the proverbial  "sardine in a can" on my daily commute.  Despite the steamy bus conditions, I arrived at my destination, SENATI, which is a…

    Posted by Cassandra Salcedo

  12. Kiva Fellows Update

    Power Pennies

    When I use the word “microfinance,” or talk about Kiva, people tend to picture entrepreneurs in far off destinations, using small loans to invest in their businesses.  And while it may be true that cash lent for seeds, goats or rickshaw repairs in less developed countries is the essence of microloans, there’s more.  Dollars lent drive social and environmental change, too. Dorothy, a microloan…

    Posted by Sheryl Onopchenko

  13. Kiva Fellows Update

    One Tanzanian's Trash is Another Tanzanian's Treasure

    This week I had the opportunity to travel to Musoma, a small town on Lake Victoria in Northern Tanzania, to visit a branch office of Tujijenge, one of Kiva’s Field Partners. I quickly fell in love with the laid-back people and atmosphere – a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of Dar es Salaam. Maybe it’s the perfect weather or the fresh local food, but the people in Musoma are always…

    Posted by Natalie Russell

  14. Kiva Fellows Update

    Día de Boyero in Costa Rica

    Every second Sunday in March, el Día de Boyero (Day of the Oxcart Driver) is celebrated in San Antonio de Escazú, Costa Rica. It’s a day when the townspeople flood into the streets to honor Costa Rican’s history of using oxcarts to transport crops throughout the country.  San Antonio de Escazú, Costa Rica Booths are set up to sell delicious local food and arts and crafts. The main attraction…

    Posted by Kelly Diggins

  15. Kiva Fellows Update

    Myanmar Duck Tales - Dedaye

    There was no dozing off on the way to Dedaye.  As the taxi sped mercilessly down the bumpy road dodging bikes, motorcycles, ox-drawn carts, and the occasional village parade, I thought to myself,  “Are we supposed to be going this fast?”  The thrilling taxi ride was not the only mode of transportation needed that day.  We also had to travel by motorcycle and boat to reach each village.  This was…

    Posted by Semone Aye

  16. Kiva Fellows Update

    Ten reasons to include Zimbabwe in your next itinerary

    Zimbabwe is nestled comfortably between Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia and South Africa but is often overlooked by tourists. Here are ten reasons to include it in your next itinerary:    1. It has the craziest currency.   A few years ago they went through hyper-inflation, reaching up to 12 zeroes on a single note:       When they switched to the US dollar, the economy…

    Posted by Tess Murphy

  17. Kiva Fellows Update

    Keeping the Social Flag Flying in Kyrgyzstan

    As the first microfinance institution in Central Asia to receive a full banking license in November 2012, Bai Tushum Bank has transformed itself from having 400 clients and a US$600,000 portfolio in the year 2000 to more than 28,000 clients and a US$102 million portfolio today. I had the opportunity to chat with Gulnara Shamshieva, chief executive officer (CEO) of Bai Tushum Bank, on how the…

    Posted by Wui Wui Yu

  18. Kiva Fellows Update

    Costa Rican Kitchen Design Hits Zimbabwe

    They may be continents apart, but Costa Rica and Zimbabwe face some of the same challenges when it comes to life in a rural community. A lack of electricity means no fridges to keep food chilled. Cooking is often done over an open fire inside the home but, increasingly, the severe health risks (particularly to women and children) of the smoky environment are becoming evident. And there’s…

    Posted by Alan Mathers

  19. Kiva Fellows Update

    “My dreams for my children came true!”

    As I approach Faleula, one of the many villages along the road that circles Samoa’s Upolu Island, I am excited and a little nervous. I am about to meet a Kiva borrower for the first time! I wonder what she will be like; will she be happy to meet me and talk about her business or will she see me as an interruption or even an intrusion. When I arrive at Mile’s general store, she greets me with a…

    Posted by Nelly Martin

  20. Kiva Fellows Update

    Free Range Dreams

    I traveled north, away from Kampala, towards a small town called Luwero.   After the wall to wall congestion of the city, it was a relief to finally have an open stretch of road with green trees and grassy fields to either side.   I was looking forward to meeting Haruna, a man who had borrowed from BRAC Uganda in the fall of 2014 to revive his sagging poultry business.    Six months later, my…

    Posted by Sheryl Onopchenko