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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>

Kiva Blog Update

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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 ...

Kiva Blog Update

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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>

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Kiva Launches in Español

Big news! We’ve just launched “Kiva Español,” a pilot version of Kiva in Spanish!    Check out kiva.org/prestar and you’ll see a limited version of Kiva’s website in Spanish, including all Central and South American loan descriptions posted in their original wording.    We launched Kiva in Spanish for 2 main reasons. The first is that a third of Kiva’s loans com ...

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  1. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: Sounds like innovation

    Coffee break: Combating youth homelessness with a cup of joe.   Hot new idea: Using sound waves to put out fires.     Side-splitting: Commentary you probably missed from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.   The future: In 15 years, nearly 1 in 10 will live in just 41 megacities.   [Insert Job Title Here]: Disrupt your narrative…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  2. Kiva Blog Update

    Introducing a New, Improved Way to Find Loans

    Tens of thousands of people visit Kiva every day looking to support a borrower. Unfortunately, a significant number leave the website without making a loan because they feel overwhelmed when having to choose who to support. Today, I’m excited to share a redesign we've seen help new visitors choose a loan, while also delivering new features to those of you who’ve been lending for years. So what…

    Posted by Abe Wallin

  3. Kiva Blog Update

    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>

    Posted by Innae Park

  4. Kiva Blog Update

    Keeping up with our Fellows

    Wondering what our fellows are up to? See what makes their field placement unique by taking a look at the foods they are eating and what keeps them inspired everyday! Kiva Fellow Semone Aye, Myanmar: Catfish noodle soup? Yes please! Mohinga is a staple in Burmese cuisine, and what many Burmese would call "comfort food." Each region of Myanmar has its own variation of the recipe. #myanmar…

    Posted by Beverly Chan

  5. Kiva Blog Update

    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>

    Posted by Talea Miller

  6. Kiva Blog Update

    Ki’s Dream: To define herself, by her own rules

    For years, Ki has been defined by the struggles that surrounded her. Dropout. Regugee. Immigrant. To read Ki's story visit Kiva's Medium page>

    Posted by Innae Park

  7. Kiva Blog Update

    Problem Solving for a Field Partner Pain Point

    Kiva Field Partner Bai Tushum's branch office in Kyrgyzstan One of the happiest moments for Kiva lenders is when they receive a repayment to their account. But there's a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into reporting those repayments, and at times it can even be a frustrating, time-consuming process for our partners in the field. So to help, Kiva talked to partners about their…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  8. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: Innovation to solve water crisis, pancake draught

    American ingenuity: We can't fault people for their delicious, delicious creativity. Food art: Playing with your food has never been so witty (we can't believe they missed New Yolk, though). Young Captain Planet: Student designs beautiful faucet flows that reduce water consumption.   Good news: Entrepreneurs come in all ages.   Understanding…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  9. Kiva Blog Update

    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>

    Posted by Talea Miller

  10. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva Launches in Español

    Big news! We’ve just launched “Kiva Español,” a pilot version of Kiva in Spanish!    Check out kiva.org/prestar and you’ll see a limited version of Kiva’s website in Spanish, including all Central and South American loan descriptions posted in their original wording.    We launched Kiva in Spanish for 2 main reasons. The first is that a third of Kiva’s loans come from Latin…

    Posted by Dominic Vantman

  11. Kiva Blog Update

    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 first in our series…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  12. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: The internet has a meltdown and we discover our inner economist

    Winter wonderland: It's been a tough one for some, but these red pandas can't get enough of the snow.   A different type of internet quiz: You'll want to post this on your Facebook wall.   That dress: The internet had a meltdown and no one was immune.   House of Bricks: Sesame Street's parody of House of Cards with Frank Underwolf.   What's…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  13. Kiva Blog Update

    35 Can't Miss Things to Do and See in New Zealand

    Here at Kiva, we are constantly trying to learn about the world around us, dreaming about visiting new places, meeting new people and trying new things. We know that you, as Kiva lenders, share a lot of the same interests, which is why we started a series featuring some of the top can't miss things to do and see in countries around the world.  Our next spotlight is on New Zealand. We asked…

    Posted by Brianna Gillease

  14. Kiva Blog Update

    Cool New Partners: Support Women in Francophone Africa and Students in the Philippines

    Réseau de Micro-institutions de Croissance de Revenus (RMCR) Mali Supporting women entrepreneurs in francophone Africa Who are they?  Réseau de Micro-institutions de Croissance de Revenus is a French NGO that provides microloans to underserved communities in rural Mali. It focuses on making financial services available to women borrowers and fostering an entrepreneurial culture in order to…

    Posted by Brianna Gillease

  15. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: How to say 'I love you' with 31 languages, maps and space

    Share the love: 31 people say 'I love you' in their native languages.   Tips and tricks: Kiva food experts spill their best hacks.   How to REALLY pronounce that place: Important notes for globetrotters.   Your new beachfront property: What major cities could look like with rising seas and clever naming.   Deep space sounds: This is what…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  16. Kiva Blog Update

    What you didn’t know about food (but our borrowers do!)

    In light of Kiva’s #LoanLove Lightning Round, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge coming from our Kiva Zip food production borrowers this week! A few tips for what to eat as well as how to eat some of the delicious foods from our borrowers.      Sniff out good olive oil: Heather of Olive & Marlowe is a Kiva Zip borrower and trustee who sells artisanal olive oils and balsamic vinegars.…

    Posted by Innae Park

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    It’s a Loan Love Lightning Round!

    Let’s make Valentine’s Day truly sweet for Kiva borrowers around the world! You are invited to participate in Kiva’s Loan Love Lightning Round, a flash fund to help support our food producing and vending borrowers. Our goal is to fund 1,400 food businesses by February 14!   Food producers and vendors help support their families and communities in many ways that range from managing…

    Posted by Beverly Chan

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    10 Tips for Globetrotting with Kids & Teaching them to Love Travel

    When you travel with children you experience things in a whole different way. Challenge yourself to slow down, explore, wonder and go with the flow. Challenge your family to learn and try new things. Most of all have fun! Here are a few tips to help you and your little ones get the most out of your trip. Read the full post at Medium> Photo by Flickr user Bud Ellison

    Posted by Margo Brookfield

  19. Kiva Blog Update

    Welcome KF26!

    Flash back to 8:30 on Monday morning: Brace yourself, that hot coffee in your hand is about to become useless. Behind the Kiva doors lies the reason why: our newest fellows class, the 26th(!!!) Kiva has sent into the field, has descended on our headquarters in San Francisco for a week of training.    Last week was, simply put, a whirlwind. We welcomed 34 new fellows to the Kiva family…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  20. Kiva Blog Update

    A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way!

    “I feel like a millionaire everyday…" - Nestor "I couldn’t have done this without Kiva Zip." - Mechele "Seeing people contribute from all over the world is so cool…These loans really do change lives.” - Kathryn Those are just a few of the Kiva Zip borrowers who want to thank you for your support. You believed in someone’s dream and abilities, assisted in strengthening the…

    Posted by Regina Sarnicola