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Ebola Crisis Affecting Kiva's West African Field Partners

Freetown, Sierra Leone More than 3,000 cases and 1,550 deaths have been reported so far in the Ebola outbreak devastating West Africa. Two countries where Kiva works, Liberia and Sierra Leone, are among the hardest hit and have both declared a national state of emergency.   In addition to the devastating loss of life in affected communities, the epidemic is having a serious negative impact ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Kiva U Celebrates First Year Milestones!

Thank you for making this an incredible first year for Kiva U, Kiva’s student and teacher program! When Citi and Kiva launched the Kiva U initiative in September of 2013, we had no idea what to expect. We hoped that if we created and shared useful and compelling content and resources, we could help students and teachers learn about poverty, microfinance, entrepreneurship and sustainabili ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

35 Can't Miss Things to Do, See, Eat & Drink in South Africa

At Kiva HQ we are passionate about travel, as are many Kiva lenders. We decided to crowd-source our best travel advice, starting with South Africa. For anyone who has visited South Africa this list will bring back some happy memories, and if you've never been this list might have you booking a ticket soon. Enjoy and please add your own recommendations in the comments! To See: 1. Relive history a ...

Kiva Fellows Update

Kiva Fellows Update,

No such thing as bad luck: True Grit in Lima

Photograph by Zach Land-Miller, KF23 To foreigners, Peruvians, and many Limeños alike, San Juan de Lurigancho is merely an underdeveloped, overcrowded, and unsafe district nestled into one of the peaks on Lima’s perimeter, called el cerro San Cristobal. Their exposure to the district is often limited to glimpsing its distant multi-colored homes from the center of Lima or driving through the ar ...

Kiva Blog Update

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, ...

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    Flash Fund Smashes Goal, Funds 1150 Farmers in 5 Days!

    Farmers are awesome, aren’t they? We certainly think so! That’s why we held a Flash Fund from Sept 8-12 to help fund 500 farmers’ Kiva loans. Kiva farmers come from all over the world but are united in their passion for cultivating opportunity from hard work.   Thanks to Kiva lenders rallying to show their support, we smashed tour goal and more than 1150 farmers’ loans were funded…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    Cool New Partners Serve Refugees in Lebanon, Empower Women in Malawi and DRC

    Ibdaa Microfinance SAL Lebanon Serving Vulnerable Refugee Communities Who are they? Ibdaa Microfinance SAL aims to improve the unemployment rate of Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon by providing loans to entrepreneurs in these communities.  The organization puts a special emphasis on youth entrepreneurs, and ensures that each young borrower is matched with a mentor to provide…

    Posted by Kimmy Bettinger

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    Links We Like: Africa's progress, awful apples and beauty untold

    Need to read: The amazing and heartbreaking untold story of the Bajau Laut.   A modern tyranny: How America came to rely on the least delicious apple.   Progress over time: Watch a decade of economic growth in Africa.   A moving perspective: Astronaut Frank Culbertson recalls witnessing 9/11 attacks from space.   Too cute to miss: This baby goat…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    Show Your Support for Farmers: Help Us Fund 500 Farmers in 5 Days

    As the leaves change color, the air cools and farmers everywhere begin to gather their harvest, you know autumn has arrived in the U.S. In every culture, harvest season is regarded as a time of bounty and prosperity and is celebrated through holidays and festivals. This week, Kiva is celebrating farmers and all the hard work they do around the world by flash funding 500 farmers in 5 days!…

    Posted by Tess Murphy

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    Links We Like: Game-changers, global kids and the coolest map ever

    Amazing visual: Real-time map of winds around the world.   Money market: Ecuador may be set to be the first country to digitize its currency.   Reading corner: 5 essential reads on international development.   Summer's end: One last dose of beach beauty before autumn rolls in.   Children are our future: Photos of children from around the world.  

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    Rock Stars You Should Know: Kiva’s Review & Translation Volunteers of the Summer!

    Kiva’s loans come in all shapes, sizes and languages. Lucky for us, there’s a team of hard working multilingual volunteers on Kiva’s Review and Translation (RTP) team who make it possible for us to get these loans onto the site!   Kiva partners operate in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian) and we rely on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and…

    Posted by Tess Murphy

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    Ebola Crisis Affecting Kiva's West African Field Partners

    Freetown, Sierra Leone More than 3,000 cases and 1,550 deaths have been reported so far in the Ebola outbreak devastating West Africa. Two countries where Kiva works, Liberia and Sierra Leone, are among the hardest hit and have both declared a national state of emergency.   In addition to the devastating loss of life in affected communities, the epidemic is having a serious negative impact on…

    Posted by Claire Markham

  8. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva U Celebrates First Year Milestones!

    Thank you for making this an incredible first year for Kiva U, Kiva’s student and teacher program! When Citi and Kiva launched the Kiva U initiative in September of 2013, we had no idea what to expect. We hoped that if we created and shared useful and compelling content and resources, we could help students and teachers learn about poverty, microfinance, entrepreneurship and…

    Posted by Jessica Hansen

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    Links We Like: Important updates from Kid President, John Green and Marty McFly

    Up and at 'em: A pep talk from Kid President will change your perspective.   Bearer of good news: John Green learns about Ethiopian baby names and their role as health indicators.   Tech tidbit: Instagram announced Hyperlapse and it's a thing of beauty.   At the cinema: Marty McFly's iconic puffy vest: red or orange? NPR delivers the verdict.   Must…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  10. Kiva Blog Update

    35 Can't Miss Things to Do, See, Eat & Drink in South Africa

    At Kiva HQ we are passionate about travel, as are many Kiva lenders. We decided to crowd-source our best travel advice, starting with South Africa. For anyone who has visited South Africa this list will bring back some happy memories, and if you've never been this list might have you booking a ticket soon. Enjoy and please add your own recommendations in the comments! To See: 1. Relive history…

    Posted by Talea Miller

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    Cool New Partners Bring Clean Energy and Food Security to Rural African Communities

    ASA INITIATIVE Ghana Supporting Citrus Farmers and Greening the Environment Who are they? ASA Initiative is an MFI that provides loans for green energy and agriculture. They give green loans to entrepreneurs to sell clean energy cook stoves that run on waste materials produced by communities. Agricultural loans support citrus farmers in Ghana to expand their farms, hire labor, transport goods…

    Posted by Audra Wingard

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    Links We Like: The world's most adorable food critic, magical trails and a truth bomb you need to hear

    Too astonishing to miss: Photo mashups of San Francisco's 1906 earthquake and present-day.   Inspiring moment: See how $25 is changing the world.   Beautiful world: Sometimes the road less traveled is absolutely stunning.   Cute overload: A Tinker Bell popsicle and the world's most exciting ginger ale.   The truth from the DRC: We need investment. We…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

  17. 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

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    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

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    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

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    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