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Kiva Community Raises $153k to Honor Inspiring Teacher

Biba, her class, and all of us at Kiva were blown away by the response to Biba's story of perseverance and spirit during a difficult battle with brain cancer. Nearly 3,700 lenders made a loan in Biba’s honor, raising $153,000 in loans for people around the world. Simply incredible. Below is a thank you letter to lenders from Biba, who also shares the story of her inspirational students: Se ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Meet the Kivans: Eric and Monica, Fearless Leaders of Kiva Volunteers

This month, we’re spotlighting some of the amazing Kivans who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Kiva possible. Eric and Monica work with Kiva's volunteers who do everything from translate loans for the site to visiting borrowers in the field. Our volunteers are truly incredible, and so are Eric and Monica! Q&A with Eric Brandt, Senior Manager of the Kiva Fellow Program  What do you ...

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Kiva Blog Update,

Meet the Kivans: Engineering Rock Stars Amy and Aswin

This month, we’re spotlighting some of the amazing Kivans who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Kiva possible. Let’s start with two of the incredible folks who build and maintain the Kiva website and all the technical systems we rely on: Amy and Aswin! Q&A with Amy Rish, Engineering Manager at Kiva: What do you do at Kiva?  I am responsible for systems software development for Kiv ...

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Meet the Kivans: Field Experts Jomay and David

In the last installment of our series Meet the Kivans, we're excited to introduce you to Jomay and David. These two work closely with our partners in the field and have great insights on Kiva's work around the world. Q&A with Jomay Lui, Kiva's Senior Knowledge Manager What do you do at Kiva? I work on the Partnerships team, which is the team that finds, vets, trains and monitors our vast netwo ...

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36 Hours in Detroit with Kiva Zip

Take a tour through Detroit with Kiva Zip and see this beautiful city through some of the local businesses that give it character and charm at every corner!  

Kiva Fellows Update

Kiva Fellows Update,

Rethinking Women in the Middle East

If you ask a group of people what they consider to be the most impressive part about the Middle East, they’ll likely mention something regarding its historical sites or rich cultural diversity.  While both factors are obviously worthy of mention, what continues to inspire me about this region is something far more valuable: its women. This might come as a surprise to some, given that the wide ...

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  1. Kiva Fellows Update

    Inside a Zimbabwean rural home

    We’d left at 6.30 in the morning, and travelled several hours through the district of Guruve, in Northern Zimbabwe, along increasingly potholed, flooded and narrow ‘roads’. Our aim was to visit Melter, one of the young women who have taken a Kiva loan through the local partner here in Zimbabwe, The Campaign for Female Education (Camfed). We’d come to find out how things were going with her…

    Posted by Alan Mathers

  2. Kiva Fellows Update

    Empowering Women Farmers in Kenya

    For three days in February, I visited Kiva borrowers in Nyanza Province near Lake Victoria in the southwest of Kenya. The visits took me to the city of Kisii and the nearby towns of Nyamira and Kenyenya via countless pickup truck, boda-boda, and matatu rides. Although it was invaluable to see a side of Kenya other than my base of Nairobi, the remoteness of the region gave me a new appreciation…

    Posted by Tony Chow

  3. Kiva Fellows Update

    Handing Out Money is Anything but Boring

    Motbung branch staff along with the Kiva Coordinator and us, the Kiva Fellows! Last Tuesday, I got the chance to attend a loan disbursement at one of WSDS’s branch offices in Motbung, about 30 minutes from Manipur’s capital city of Imphal. A loan disbursement is exactly what is sounds like, handing out cash to groups of WSDS clients who have applied for a loan, gone through training, and been…

    Posted by Darcey Tindall

  4. Kiva Fellows Update

    Guinea Pigs - Better Served as Pets or Meals?

    Are guinea pigs better served as pets or meals?  This is one question I never thought I would have the opportunity to answer.   It was a sunny Tuesday here in Ecuador and the loan officers and I were headed to go meet with a Kiva borrower to discuss how her business of raising chickens was doing.  Along the way, my stomach began to growl.  I expressed to the loan officers that I was hungry and…

    Posted by Cassandra Salcedo

  5. Kiva Fellows Update

    There's Something About Munara...

    It is a delight to meet Munara. She is 60 years old, chatty and bubbly, ever ready to pose for photos and talk about her family and farm. Her personality seems to rub off on her family, both her sons, Tolon and Bakyt, also have warm personalities. They ask many questions about Kiva and the Internet. Her husband, Abakir, is more quiet, but is still very eager to put on his best fur hat to…

    Posted by Wui Wui Yu

  6. Kiva Fellows Update

    Danni's Secret Recipe from Ecuador

    Danni cooking and preparing for her day's work After venturing through hours of the greenest landscape over several hills, we finally made it to Borbon, a small city in Northern Ecuador.  Our mission was to find Danni - a Kiva borrower.  However, it wasn't as simple as one may think.  First, we had to climb down a hill into an area of several homes.  The loan officers forgot which direction…

    Posted by Cassandra Salcedo

  7. Kiva Fellows Update

    Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Guatemala

    I have had the opportunity to visit 4 women entrepreneurs of Fundación Namaste Guatemaya to see in practice how our field partner helps make Guatemalan women entrepreneurs be successful in their business. The women I visited are part of the Namaste Business Development Program. Namaste does not only disburse the loan but also provides education and mentorship during the nine month loan cycle. A…

    Posted by Bas Bouwman

  8. Kiva Fellows Update

    (Baby) Food for Thought

    Ari Raz with one of PureJoy's baby food varieties. Photo by Ralph Alswang. There are very few people who would buy a one-way ticket to Washington DC with the dream of getting into food production. Meet Ari Raz, one of the founders of PureJoy, who capitalized on the city’s strong entrepreneurial spirit and support for small food businesses. Ari initially intended to start a restaurant. However,…

    Posted by Mary Halder

  9. Kiva Fellows Update

    Unlocking one family vision in Myanmar

    I’ve been traveling for the past 2 week to visit villagers who are Kiva borrowers in Myanmar’s Dry Zone. I visited 10 villages in 3 townships, which all in all meant spending about 25 hours on motorbike and 20 hours on a bus. It was a long and tiresome trip. However, I had a chance to learn more about the Proximity Designs’ loan operation on the field and got to know lots of nice and kind…

    Posted by Krittika Kaewmamuang

  10. Kiva Fellows Update

    Small is Beautiful

    Afa, Farhad and our Trusy Lada The day starts with an early rise. I get picked up at 5am in the obligatory Lada (a small hardworking Russian car) to head out to the remote region of Fuzili. It’s a 4 ½ hour drive from Baku and we want to beat the traffic. I’m spending the day with Komak Credit Union. With me are Afa (Kiva Coordinator) and Farhad (loan officer and designated driver for the day).…

    Posted by Vince Main.

  11. Kiva Fellows Update

    Three Bright Ways to Sell a Solar Lamp in Indonesia

    Many warungs, or small family-owned shops, crowd the streets of Denpasar, Bali but one is sure to catch your attention. The bright yellow bamboo sign at Warung Bu Sinta reads, “Switch on Life” and the owner, Sumarti, waits outside, ready to explain what her “Tech Kiosk” warung is all about. Sumarti outside of her store Sumarti’s warung is part of a network of “Tech Kiosks” whose owners use…

    Posted by Caroline Dorr

  12. Kiva Fellows Update

    Running not one, but a few businesses

    Mrs. Yen outside her homeAs a Kiva Fellow, I’ve had the delightful opportunity to visit a number of Kiva borrowers in their homes or places of work. These treks consisted of hopping in a car and hanging on while the driver used every opportunity to cut off vehicles in front of us; hopping on the back of a motorbike and weaving through city streets or driving down dirt roads, taking in the…

    Posted by Vardah Malik

  13. Kiva Fellows Update

    Building - and Climbing - the Financial Inclusion Ladder

    Bennie, an Accion East client, at a construction site When she started her construction business three years ago, Bennie was one of the few African-American female-led construction firms in the NYC area. Her business, Bennie Daye Services, provides home improvement and light construction services. By 2013, she had hired ten part-time contract workers and got her Women and Minority Business…

    Posted by Rashmi Khare

  14. Kiva Fellows Update

    An Unexpected Trip to the Hospital

    One of the highlights of the Kiva Fellowship is the opportunity to live somewhere far from home and learn about a new culture. I've met dozens of Kiva Zip trustees and borrowers during my three months in Kenya and unexpectedly forged a strong connection with one in particular. I first met Joseph* when he visited the Kiva office for a trustee interview. Joseph has an extensive background of…

    Posted by Tony Chow

  15. Kiva Fellows Update

    Rethinking Women in the Middle East

    If you ask a group of people what they consider to be the most impressive part about the Middle East, they’ll likely mention something regarding its historical sites or rich cultural diversity.  While both factors are obviously worthy of mention, what continues to inspire me about this region is something far more valuable: its women. This might come as a surprise to some, given that the…

    Posted by Noura Ismail

  16. Kiva Fellows Update

    The Aftermath of Ferguson: Making a Road Map for Change

    Ferguson, the ‘F’ word that’s guaranteed to divide a room into defensive ideological camps along the lines of who was right, who was wrong, and how to make it better. Thanks to the barrage of media coverage since the shooting of teen Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9, the blinding national spotlight has caused St. Louis to acknowledge the ugly skeleton in our closet: racism is…

    Posted by Chelsea Dyer

  17. Kiva Fellows Update

    Shop Small, Invest Big

    This holiday season, let’s put our dollars where we want them- in the hands of the people building and shaping our communities. Kimberly from Mimik Design Co. Kiva Zip is asking YOU this week; in addition to supporting small businesses by “Shopping Small” on Saturday November 29th- we urge you to invest BIG. Invest your dollars in entrepreneurs all over the country funding loans through Kiva…

    Posted by Elizabeth Williams

  18. Kiva Fellows Update

    Microfinance at Work in the Delta Region of Myanmar

    After two months of my fellowship at the Proximity Design, now it’s time to find out how microfinance is used in practice. I went together with the Kiva HQ staff to visit Tha Pyay Kan village in Pyapon Distric which is about 75 miles south of Yangon and serves as a center for collecting rice from the surrounding agricultural areas. It took us three hours by car and another hour by boat to…

    Posted by Krittika Kaewmamuang

  19. Kiva Fellows Update

    5 Essential Skills Every Kiva Fellow Needs and How To Develop Them at Home

    If you’re thinking about becoming a Kiva Fellow, there are a few invaluable skills you should develop prior to entering the field. This list has been tested and compiled based on multiple fellows’ experiences. If you can nail all five of these skills, you are on your way to becoming an excellent fellow. You’ll do Kiva proud.   1.     The ability to shower in a bucket.   The skill: It’s very…

    Posted by Annie Lydens

  20. Kiva Fellows Update

    Give a man a chance - Don't forget about supporting male borrowers!

    So we've all been there. At least I have. I'm starting up the Kiva website to go look for a new borrower to support. I might click on one of the pictures right on the homepage, because something catches my attention. A smile, an animal that snuck onto the image, a background that looks intriguing. But I'd quickly get on to the filters, and the first one I check is always the same: only show me…

    Posted by Sarah Renfer