Kiva Blog Update

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We Believe: 8 Tenets Kiva Lives By

We are constantly inspired by the Kiva community–a community that includes more than 2.5 million lenders and borrowers around the globe. Together, we are bound by our vision of a more connected, compassionate world. In celebration of this vision at the heart of Kiva’s work, we’re telling the world what #WeBelieve this week. Will you join us? Share your favorite #WeBelieve message below, ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

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,

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,

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 ...

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  1. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: The truth about payday loans, a kid we can all relate with and saying goodbye

    Here are the stories we've been emailing, tweeting and sharing around the office this week: More prolific than Starbucks and McDonalds: John Oliver reports on the shocking truth that 1 in 20 U.S. families has taken out a pay day loan.   Cutie alert: Second day of school blues – we know that feeling, Buddy.   Humans of the world: The human side of conflict as told by…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  2. Kiva Blog Update

    Proximity Designs: Kiva’s First Field Partner in Myanmar

    A bit about Myanmar… Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in Asia, but it has seen major political and economic reforms in recent years that have many hopeful for a brighter future. For decades Myanmar was controlled by authoritative leadership that committed gross human rights violations. Myanmar’s people have lived through much oppression, but progress in this young democracy is being…

    Posted by Audra Wingard

  3. Kiva Blog Update

    Adventures in Cooking with Kiva: Sweet rolls in honor of a Kiva borrower

    Photography by Tim Chambers I was a pastry chef before my years at Kiva, so I love to lend to bakers around the world. My Kiva portfolio is full of pictures of mouthwatering pastries made by a wide variety of culinary artists—a baker of Lebanese flatbreads (man’oushe), a cake decorator in Honduras, a gingerbread baker from New Orleans. One of my favorite loans was to Mamasharif in…

    Posted by Christina Marie Pack

  4. Kiva Blog Update

    Pro Tips: Kiva Staff Share Their Favorite Ways to Lend

    Around the Kiva office, there're a few things the whole staff gets really into: karaoke and food-related challenges are among our fervent favorites but at the top of that list is lending on Kiva. That’s right, we geek out about work in our down time – a lot. We’ve compiled our best tips on how to lend like a pro, along with some of the funny anecdotes from our adventures in lending.   Be…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  5. Kiva Blog Update

    On Human Suffering—It Only Takes One

    By Hania Abu-Eid, Kiva's communications manager, and Lev Plaves, Kiva's portfolio associate for the Middle East and South Asia As vivid photos, videos and narratives of unimaginable destruction, death, loss and despair flash on our television, computer and cell phone screens it’s hard not to be confronted with the suffering of  members of our human family. From Palestine and Israel to Iraq,…

    Posted by Hania Abu-Eid

  6. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: A glowing octopus, the beginning of the internet and the heart of Kiva

    #WeBelieve: 8 tenets at the heart of Kiva   Time machine: Take a trip down memory lane to when "Are you finding that the Internet is a big thing?" was an actual question.   Guaranteed laughs: Clever couple finds the best way to announce their expecting.   The universe is amazing: The most super super-moon ever is coming to a night sky near you.  …

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  7. Kiva Blog Update

    Building Lasting Skills in Colombia with Interactuar

    The gap between the rich and poor in Colombia is one of largest in the world —and more than a third of Colombia’s population lives below the poverty line.   It’s in this environment that Kiva’s Field Partner of 3.5 years Interactuar is operating, helping entrepreneurs make their businesses a reality, and helping them learn the skills that will help them grow.   Interactuar works in the…

    Posted by Audra Wingard

  8. Kiva Blog Update

    Ramadan: A Time for Prayer, Reflection and Generosity

    The observance of Ramadan falls on the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and this year began on June 28 and went through July 28. Traditionally, Muslims fast during Ramadan to ‘purify’ their minds so they can better focus on self-reflection and prayer. This leads to a greater understanding of others and the month is known as a time for giving and increased acts of charity.    As the…

    Posted by Tess Murphy

  9. Kiva Blog Update

    Exposure Photo Essay: Funded Globally, Crafted Locally

    Check out the latest Kiva photo story! This time Tiffany Vlaanderen, a Kiva Fellow in Nairobi, takes us inside an artisan workshop where hand-crafted works sold all over the world originate.

    Posted by Talea Miller

  10. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: A snack-tacular tour of Europe, cocoa farmers taste chocolate for the first time & what a week of crisis emails looks like

    Don't miss out on what's hot at Kiva HQ this week:   Guaranteed smiles: Cacao farmers taste chocolate for the first time.   Food for thought: A food artist's snack-tacular tour of Europe   Digital development: Non-profit backed by Facebook brings free internet access to Zambia   For your toolbox: Everything you ever needed to know about typography  …

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  11. Kiva Blog Update

    An Update on Kiva's Palestinian Partners

    Given the recent conflict in Gaza, we've gotten a number of questions from lenders asking about Kiva borrowers and Field Partners working in this area of the world. Kiva shares the concerns expressed by many of our lenders and we are in the process of following up with our Palestinian partners to ascertain how they and their borrowers have been impacted by the war. We know that some…

    Posted by Lev Plaves

  12. Kiva Blog Update

    We Believe: 8 Tenets Kiva Lives By

    We are constantly inspired by the Kiva community–a community that includes more than 2.5 million lenders and borrowers around the globe. Together, we are bound by our vision of a more connected, compassionate world. In celebration of this vision at the heart of Kiva’s work, we’re telling the world what #WeBelieve this week. Will you join us? Share your favorite #WeBelieve message below, and…

    Posted by Tess Murphy

  13. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: Excitement for the future, treasures from the past and something you can do right now to help save the planet

    Our staff's must-reads of the week: Captain Planet recommends: They may not be pretty, but these unusual fruits and veggies are taking a bite out of food waste   Stop and smell the roses: Life is about the journey, this algorithm finds the most beautiful route across a city   Gadgets we can't wait for: In the future, umbrellas tell you when it will rain   Brain…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  14. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva Magic in Sierra Leone: An Exposure Photo Story

    Kiva is now on, a cool new platform for visual storytelling that will help us share Kiva adventures and experiences from all over the world. Our very first post is from Sierra Leone and takes you inside "Kiva Magic," that special moment when Kiva borrowers get to see their Kiva profiles, and the many lenders who believe in them around the globe. Check it out!

    Posted by Kate Kleinschmidt

  15. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: Cruise Missiles vs. Schools, Malala Makes Us Cry (Again) and the Origin of the Super Soaker

    Here's what we are reading (and occasionally obsessing about) at HQ this week: Must read of the week: For the price of a single Tomahawk cruise missile, it’s possible to build about 20 schools.   Smarties making moves: Meet the NASA engineer who invented the Super Soaker. That's right: NASA.   Reliving the glory: 2014 World Cup Quiz, in case you're going through withdrawal…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  16. Kiva Blog Update

    Feeling Overwhelmed? Let The Partners Help You Choose!

    Logging onto is both exciting (wow look at all these borrowers!) and a bit overwhelming (wow, look at all these borrowers.) It can be hard to know where to start, but choosing a Field Partner that shares your values and priorities is a good way to narrow down your search and start lending. Kiva partners with 264 organizations worldwide. When you lend to a borrower on, the…

    Posted by Audra Wingard

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    We did it! Amazing Million Dollar Match Day

    The Kiva community helped make history on July 10 — more than 25,000 Kiva lenders sent $2.9 million to the field, helping make a difference in 56 countries!   $1 Million Match Day was made possible by a troupe of generous donors like Google, Grameen-Jameel and Richard Brindle, who matched loans to borrowers across Kiva and Kiva Zip. So for example, when a Kiva lender gave a $50 loan,…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    Cool New Partners: Empowering Victims of Sexual Violence, Boosting Students and Promoting Healthy Products

    We can’t wait for someone else to change the world. It’s our turn now. Kiva is teaming up with three new partners who create opportunity for all the the hard-working students, helpful neighbors, and independent women out there. These partners create the real changes we need to have a better world! Check out Kiva’s amazing new partners in Africa: LIVING GOODS Kenya and Uganda Delivers…

    Posted by Audra Wingard

  19. Kiva Blog Update

    American Entrepreneurs Dare to Dream this Independence Day

    If you’re from the United States or live in the States, you’re likely gearing up to celebrate the Fourth of July tomorrow. After the fireworks are set off and the meat is on the BBQ, it’ll be time to reflect on what this holiday means for Americans. As many know, the day memorializes the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, over two hundred years ago. Today, and every day at Kiva, we…

    Posted by Tess Murphy

  20. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva Launches Pilot Study with IPA and

    We’re thrilled to announce an innovative partnership between Kiva Labs, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and two Kiva Field Partners to evaluate the effect of product design changes on the welfare of micro-entrepreneurs and on the viability of microfinance institutions.   Through this study, Kiva aims to push the boundaries of…

    Posted by Cynthia McMurry