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Top 20 Tips and Hacks to Travel Like a Kiva Pro

Photo by Flickr user Lyza Dange Kivans travel a ton, for work and for fun, so we crowdsourced the best travel hacks our staff and volunteers use on their trips around the globe. These tips will not only make your journey easier but will also give you more insight into the place you’re visiting! Check out the tips at Kiva's Medium page>

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Iraqi Woman Runs Prosthetic Limb Business to Serve Injured

News reports about Iraq are dominated by talk of conflict, bombings, casualties, and more conflict. But through the tragedy, there is hope. We are so inspired by the Iraqi women entrepreneurs who are taking out loans through Relief International, and are intent on bringing improvements and services to their communities regardless of the circumstances. Meet Meada. She is an incredible woman takin ...

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  1. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: Great (and tasty) apes, the changing face of charity and you won't believe what this man is doing to save his home.

    Pancake apes? This dad teaches his kids about primates in a creative (and mesmerizing) manner.   New in tech: Hoverboards are real. Real. Sign us up.   Amazing feats: Would you plant a forest to save your home? This man in India is doing just that.   Culture shift: Milliennials are demanding a new kind of charity.   …

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  2. Kiva Blog Update

    Life in the Field: Ask Someone about their Happiest Moment

    Trista Li, KF25 in Chicago "Every time we sell out!" - Nate   "My happiest moment is when I realize, I am here. Because every now and then I can get caught into the day to day stuff. But it is truly precious to be able to do what you love with your best friends." - Danny   "When we sold 300 patties in 2 hours!" - Henry Niaz Patwary, KF25 in India Kavya Gowda is working as a…

    Posted by Margo Brookfield

  3. Kiva Blog Update

    Our Trip to Colombia: Making Arepas in Medellin

    By Jacob Saur and Nick Anderson We are two Kiva employees based in the Bay Area -- Jacob is a software engineer and Nick is a product manager. We wanted to share a little about the recent trip we took to Medellin to visit a Kiva partner and several Kiva borrowers. You can make another loan to inspiring borrowers across Colombia here.   From left: Kivans Jacob, Nick, Kiva Fellow David P. and…

    Posted by Nick Anderson

  4. Kiva Blog Update

    Cool New Partners Empower Women in Asia, Serve Marginalized Communities in Mexico and Indonesia

    Wedu Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand   Unlocking the leadership potential of women in Asia   Who are they? Wedu selects women with interest in becoming change-makers in their communities and provides lifelong mentorship and affordable financial support to complete higher education.  Instead of a conventional loan, Wedu borrowers on Kiva agree to repay the financial support through a Future Income…

    Posted by Kimmy Bettinger

  5. Kiva Blog Update

    Photos from the Field

    Ever wondered what it’s like to be a Kiva Fellow? What sites do they see, what do they eat, and what is it like where they are? Kiva’s 24th class of fellows departed for their different locations around the world back in May of this year, and for many their time in the field has recently come to a close. Here are some of our favorite moments from the field to give you a taste of what these…

    Posted by Margo Brookfield

  6. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: Three cheers for girls' education, autumn and the colorful world of Crayola

    Need to know: This Saturday is International Day of the Girl, here's why gender equality is still incredibly important.   Old and new: Modern architecture blending seamlessly around historical buildings.   Crayola evolution: Colorful chart depicting how diverse crayon colors have become.   Something sweet: We're not immune to fall festivities, not in the…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    Life in the Field: Beauty in the Unexpected

    Susan Lee, KF25 in Malawi I have seen many beautiful things this week; amazing sunsets, cute children, delicious food but when I went to visit a group of villagers last week it was their 'gratitude' and sense of community that struck me as beautiful. It was something I 'felt'.   They had already been part of a successful dairy cow initiative and had been chosen for the new…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  8. Kiva Blog Update

    5 Ways Duct Tape Can Be a Trip-Saver

    Is there anything that duct tape doesn’t fix? Keep your trip intact with these duct tape solutions recommended by Kiva employees and volunteers.   1. Keep feet happy. Applying duct tape to your heels will keep blisters at bay whether you’re backpacking in Peru, hiking Mount Kilimanjaro or urban hiking through any city.   2. Smell like a spring day (or at least don’t stink).…

    Posted by Kimmy Bettinger

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    Life in the Field: Meals We Wish We Could Join

    Vardah Malik, KF25 in Vietnam After visiting the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum in Hanoi, a colleague and I grabbed some street food. That's vermicelli noodles, tofu and spring rolls you're seeing. Delish. Trista Li, KF25 in Chicago, USA Pumpkins are in! Halloween is coming! Chicago is a town that is much charming!   I have to say that I had a great first week. The…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    Links We Like: Surprising charts and the most hilarious photos of national parks you'll ever see

    Healthy heart: The health benefits of rock climbing go beyond the physical. We can change: Indoor air pollution kills 4 million a year but there are solutions. The one thing I saved: Powerful photoessay from Gaza.   Morning laughs: 1 star Yelp reviews of America's most majestic landscapes.    Mapping out progress: Child mortality has halved…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  11. Kiva Blog Update

    Adventure in Cooking with Kiva: Khao Soi, a bowl of goodness from Thailand

    Photo by Flickr user Magalie L’Abbé Make a delicious dinner of Khao Soi, inspired by a trip to Thailand. This dish is a balance in contrasts: a sweet-spicy coconut curry cut by a sour taste of pickled mustard greens; the smoothness of the noodles and tofu against the crunch of the sprouts, fried noodles, and onions. Get the recipe at Kiva's Medium page>

    Posted by Hanna Day-Woodruff

  12. Kiva Blog Update

    Iraqi Woman Runs Prosthetic Limb Business to Serve Injured

    News reports about Iraq are dominated by talk of conflict, bombings, casualties, and more conflict. But through the tragedy, there is hope. We are so inspired by the Iraqi women entrepreneurs who are taking out loans through Relief International, and are intent on bringing improvements and services to their communities regardless of the circumstances. Meet Meada. She is an incredible woman…

    Posted by Audra Wingard

  13. Kiva Blog Update

    Top 20 Tips and Hacks to Travel Like a Kiva Pro

    Photo by Flickr user Lyza Dange Kivans travel a ton, for work and for fun, so we crowdsourced the best travel hacks our staff and volunteers use on their trips around the globe. These tips will not only make your journey easier but will also give you more insight into the place you’re visiting! Check out the tips at Kiva's Medium page>

    Posted by Tess Murphy

  14. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: Magic mountains, brightening futures and tracking your new iPhone 6

    Jet setter: Where in the world has your iPhone 6 been? Time vs Effort: The mathematics of making a meal.   A brighter future: Using lightbulbs to change lives.   Is this the real life, is this just fantasy? Stunning rainbow mountains you need to see to believe.   Conservation gains: U.S. expands world's biggest marine reserve, now six times…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  15. Kiva Blog Update

    An Update on Kiva's Palestinian Partners

    Updated September 26, 2014: A ceasefire was declared between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in August, but Gaza is still dealing with a humanitarian crisis.  Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are displaced following the turmoil, according to the UN. More than 2,100 people were killed during the conflict in Gaza, many of them civilians, and more than 10,000 were wounded. All residents of the…

    Posted by Lev Plaves

  16. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: Life saving hacks, alarming info and something sweet to celebrate

    Innovation station: These 7 healthcare innovations are saving lives.   Water crisis: California is drying up before our eyes. Sweet deal: If you're donut lovers like us you'll love this environmentally-focused pledge from U.S. pasty kings Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts. Mark your calendars: Not news yet, but we're excited for Nick Kristof's…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva’s 25th Fellows Class Takes Adventure (and Style) Seriously

    Last week we welcomed our 25th Kiva Fellows class to the office for training. Fellows Week is always one of the most exciting weeks at the office and this time around proved no different. Our next class, KF25, is made up of 37 fellows and represents our most internationally diverse cohort ever, with representatives from 16 countries. Fellows Weeks is a whirlwind of activity, you can read a new…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    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

  19. Kiva Blog Update

    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