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Mohammad’s Story: Coffee & community in the West Bank

For Mohammad, a father of 6 living in the West Bank, the memories of struggling to make ends meet and feed his family are still fresh. “[It was a] harsh life I was living, as a marginalized person, with no purpose in life,” he said. Read his story and watch a video message at Kiva's Medium page>

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Accident Ignites a Philadelphia Entrepreneur’s Passion for Service

Tariq was just 17 when his life was changed forever in a violent car crash. He was paralyzed in the accident, lost the use of his legs and had to relearn how to do everyday tasks. Following the accident, Tariq had a new perspective on life. “The accident changed my life. I had to overcome a lot of obstacles. I had to learn to even eat,” he said. “I had a whole new take on life and people. ...

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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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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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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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    Links we like: Why do we ask why

    Innovative design: This simple product helps girls stay in school.   (Natural) Beauty is everywhere: But apparently in some places it's more abundant.   Well read and read well: Have books, will travel.     Heart clench: Adorable little boy's sweet reaction to hearing he'll be a big brother.   Gather 'round, children: Time to learn why the ocean is…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    The Mercedes Club and the power of group loans

    Reporting and photos by Tess Murphy   Stellah, Beullah and Tabeth make up the Mercedes Club Group in Zimbabwe, and all three women serve as the only source of income for their families. Over the course of ten years, their group has taken out several loans and supported each other both financially and also as friends. Stellah, the group leader, is a shining example of how Kiva…

    Posted by Alison Edwards

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    Links We Like: Ch-ch-changes

    Image via Flickr user quintanomedia Leaps and Bounds: A breakthrough that resulted from the Ice Bucket Challenge.   Release the balls!: Delightful video, innovative purpose.   Read up: Low-cost private schools are making big waves in developing countries. Test yourself: Are you making this common mistake? Transformers: Bill Clinton thinks…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  4. Kiva Blog Update

    KivaU Career day with Aim High!

    Kiva headquarters was buzzing with the voices of middle school students on a Friday in July. The students received a tour of the office and Kiva U’s Jessica Hansen gave students an introduction to Kiva. The students learned some of the ins and outs of the microfinance lending cycle and its importance in global development. The group was part of Aim High, a summer program serving the…

    Posted by Alison Edwards

  5. Kiva Blog Update

    Accident Ignites a Philadelphia Entrepreneur’s Passion for Service

    Tariq was just 17 when his life was changed forever in a violent car crash. He was paralyzed in the accident, lost the use of his legs and had to relearn how to do everyday tasks. Following the accident, Tariq had a new perspective on life. “The accident changed my life. I had to overcome a lot of obstacles. I had to learn to even eat,” he said. “I had a whole new take on life and people.” So…

    Posted by Saisudha Padmanaban

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    From the Field: Fellows share important lessons

    Wow! We can’t believe how fast the last four months have flown by. As KF27’s fellowships draw to a close we asked them to share with us one lesson they learned in the field:   “I have learnt that an office is definitely not the best place to work. Under a mango tree or having a Borrower Verification meeting in the car can also be productive!” Aradni Liakis | Haiti  …

    Posted by Tiffany Mau

  7. Kiva Blog Update

    Mohammad’s Story: Coffee & community in the West Bank

    For Mohammad, a father of 6 living in the West Bank, the memories of struggling to make ends meet and feed his family are still fresh. “[It was a] harsh life I was living, as a marginalized person, with no purpose in life,” he said. Read his story and watch a video message at Kiva's Medium page>

    Posted by Rachel Moore

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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

  9. Kiva Blog Update

    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…

    Posted by Kimberly Izar

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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

  14. Kiva Blog Update

    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!

    Posted by Alan Mathers

  16. Kiva Blog Update

    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

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    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…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    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  …

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  19. Kiva Blog Update

    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,…

    Posted by Tiffany Mau

  20. Kiva Blog Update

    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…

    Posted by Chelsa Bocci