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Kiva U Launches First Kiva Video Game!

Kiva U’s very first video game is live! The interactive game can be played for free, online, with the goal of enabling younger audiences to learn more about microfinance. It helps middle school and high school students understand the microfinance lending cycle, the difference between loans and donations, and more about the main loan uses of Kiva borrowers. It’s the latest project from Ki ...

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Amazing Photos of Shell Money in the Solomon Islands

Shell money is a traditional form of currency that was used in the Solomon Islands before bank notes were introduced. Some provinces still use shell money today, primarily for ceremonies, settling disputes, and bridal and land payments. It is beautifully crafted from seashells, often consisting of strings of differently colored shell-beads. Visit Kiva's Medium page to see how it's made!

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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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Kiva Blog Update,

Our Hearts are with Nepal

Photo by Flickr user Oliver Whiteside On April 25, the most devastating earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years claimed the lives of thousands of people and destroyed homes and cultural sites. The Kiva community’s thoughts are with the people of Nepal and all the families that have been affected by this tragedy. Kiva reached out to our two partners in Nepal, Patan Business and Professional Wome ...

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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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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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    Links We Like: More proof the future is going to be awesome

    Wow: This augmented reality sandbox will blow your mind.   Laugh station: Dogs who just can't dog properly.   For your health: How nature improves your well-being.   Call the doctor: The future of medicine is incredible, simply put.   Next generation: These students just built a world-record breaking electric car.    

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    Cool New Partners: Supporting women in business and education!

    The Specific Union for Farmer Women (SUFW) Jordan Who are they? The Specific Union for Farmer Women is a non-governmental organization established to raise awareness of the social issues facing rural women in Jordan. They target rural parts of Jordan, offering training programs as well as loan products to foster financial independence and education. They offer both education and business…

    Posted by Alison Edwards

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    Artists’ Haven Attracts Hidden Talent in Troubled SF Neighborhood

    The Tenderloin is a San Francisco neighborhood that sits at the heart of an emotional struggle for the city. Within a few minutes walk you can spot new multi-million dollar offices of tech giants. At the same time, you can see heartbreaking evidence of the city’s battle with homelessness, drug use and mental illness. But those who live and work in the Tenderloin know that it’s also a…

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    Links We Like: Stories of Pluto, the Millennium Development Goals plus some great advice

    Say what?: The world's most commonly spoken languages and where you'll hear them. Out of this world: New Horizon's journey past Pluto as told by photos. [Insert applause here]: The Millennium Development Goals actually ARE making huge changes. Wise words: Lee Pace doles some advice plus a Kiva shoutout!   Once upon a time: The art of storytelling as told…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    Photos From the Field: Fellows share their favorite shots!

    This borrower from Vietnam is part of a group loan used for cultivating rice and vegetables, as captured by Kari Derenzi. Carly Schwartz took this photo of Miguel finishing up some baked goods that he and his wife sell in Mexico. This smiling borrower in Myanmar, as captured by Krittika Kaewmamuang, used her Kiva…

    Posted by Alison Edwards

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    From the Field: Eating Pizza in Haiti, Ants in Cambodia and Street Snacks in Mexico!

    One perk of travelling as a Kiva Fellow is definitely trying new types of local cuisines all over the world. This week, we asked our fellows to teach us something about their local food scene. Here are some of their mouthwatering responses:      “To be honest, Kenyan cuisine is not that exciting. Ugali (maize flour cooked in water), sukuma (kale cooked with onions and tomatoes),…

    Posted by Tiffany Mau

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    10 Things You May Not Know About Kiva

    1. Kiva works with partners all over the world - and in 86 countries! 2. Kivans are GIF and donut enthusiasts. 3. Before Kiva, Kivans worked at cool places with a variety of professional backgrounds, like NASA, eBay, Barclays, Peace Corps, and the World Bank. 4. Over $271 in loans are made per minute. 5. A former Kivan starred on Nickelodeon’s “Salute Your Shorts” – 90’s kids we know…

    Posted by Tiffany Mau

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    Her Name is Nomatter, her Business is Booming

    Nomatter buys fresh fish straight from local fishermen, then hauls her purchase 8 km to her home where she dries and processes them. She's one of the many successful business women who have taken out Kiva loans through our Field Partner Camfed in Zimbabwe. Read her story at Kiva's Medium page!

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    Honoring Veteran Entrepreneurs on July 4th

    This July 4th, we’re honoring the many U.S. veterans who are also driven, inspiring entrepreneurs working in their communities. Kiva Zip lenders have successfully raised more than $365,000 worth of 0% interest capital for 79 veteran entrepreneurs. Check out a Q&A with one of these inspiring borrowers, Elizabeth. After serving in uniform for 12 years, Elizabeth is now fundraising to open her very…

    Posted by Garrett Gottesman

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    Kiva Wins Wall Street Journal Challenge

    We’re excited to announce Kiva won the Operational Effectiveness category in the Wall Street Journal’s Financial Inclusion Challenge! The Financial Inclusion Challenge is part of an on-going project for the WSJ called Financing the Future. We’re so excited to be recognized as a leader in financial inclusion and can’t wait to impact more lives through the power of lending.    Big…

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    Links We Like: It's a wild world out there

    Take us there: Don't like crowds? Check out these under-the-radar destinations. http://www.businessinsider.com/us-destinations-that-tourists-havent-discovered-2015-6?op=1   Tiger adventure: Little boy's lost toy gets a tour of Tampa. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/news-photo-gallery/boy-misplaced-stuffed-tiger-goes-on-big-adventure-at-tampa-international-airport  …

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    What's Making Fellows in the Field Smile this Week?

    Our 27th Kiva Fellow class has been in the field for a few weeks now and we’re excited to share a few of their sights and experiences getting settled into the new countries, new homes and new assignments. We asked our fellows, “What made you smile this week?” and here are some responses: Carly Schwartz | Mexico City, Mexico “Two guys ran into the middle of the largest, busiest thoroughfare,…

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    A Special Father's Day Trip into the Field with Dad

    This week, I'm visiting Kiva partners in Colombia with my dad. It's the first time in my 10 years at Kiva that I've been able to take my dad to visit Kiva borrowers in the field. He's been my biggest cheerleader, believed in our dream before many others did and was also one of Kiva's first donors in 2005! Dad and me visiting Kiva partner Interactuar in Colombia this week  It's been an…

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    Kiva U Launches First Kiva Video Game!

    Kiva U’s very first video game is live! The interactive game can be played for free, online, with the goal of enabling younger audiences to learn more about microfinance. It helps middle school and high school students understand the microfinance lending cycle, the difference between loans and donations, and more about the main loan uses of Kiva borrowers. It’s the latest project from Kiva…

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    Photos from the Field: Fellows Share their Favorite Shots!

    Kiva Fellows have been hard at work these past few months! From India to Tanzania, they have captured some amazing photos of borrowers.   Fellow Natalie Russell captured this photo of Celina, who sells small dry fish in Tanzania. Claire Eggers, a fellow in India, took this inspiring photo of Ganesh on his mushroom farm. A woman in Zimbabwe uses Kiva loans to support her…

    Posted by Alison Edwards

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    25 Things to See and Experience in Croatia

    At Kiva, we love to travel and we love to trade travel advice! I grew up in the former Yugoslavia and, as a child, spent my summers on the Croatian coast visiting my grandmother. I’ve been lucky to return many times as an adult, but I never tire of its charms and fall deeper in love with the country every time I visit. I’m excited to share 25 can’t miss experiences that will make any traveler's…

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    Welcome KF27!

    It’s hard to believe the members of the 27th class of Kiva Fellow volunteers are currently making their way by train, plane and boat to their placements for the next 4 months. Our fellows program started in 2007 and has grown from humble beginnings to a formidable operation that provides Kiva staff with critical connections to our field partners and borrowers around the world.   Last…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    Amazing Photos of Shell Money in the Solomon Islands

    Shell money is a traditional form of currency that was used in the Solomon Islands before bank notes were introduced. Some provinces still use shell money today, primarily for ceremonies, settling disputes, and bridal and land payments. It is beautifully crafted from seashells, often consisting of strings of differently colored shell-beads. Visit Kiva's Medium page to see how it's made!

    Posted by Nelly Martin