Kiva Blog Update

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36 Hours in Detroit with Kiva Zip

Take a tour through Detroit with Kiva Zip and see this beautiful city through some of the local businesses that give it character and charm at every corner!  

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

An Update on Kiva Partners Affected by the Ebola Epidemic

The Ebola epidemic continues to have a widespread human and economic toll in West Africa. More than 4,900 people have died and fear of the disease continues to hamper economic activity.   Kiva’s Field Partners in Sierra Leone and Liberia have been affected in many ways. Some have had to close branches and shutdown operations temporarily. Tragically, all our partners in the regions ...

Kiva Fellows Update

Kiva Fellows Update,

Rethinking Women in the Middle East

If you ask a group of people what they consider to be the most impressive part about the Middle East, they’ll likely mention something regarding its historical sites or rich cultural diversity.  While both factors are obviously worthy of mention, what continues to inspire me about this region is something far more valuable: its women. This might come as a surprise to some, given that the wide ...

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,

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,

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: It's all about the colors

    On our wish list: The most beautiful (and difficult) 1000 color puzzle.   40 years: Newly released photograph series captures sisterly bond over four decades.   What you didn't know you needed: A clock that gives you the current time in color.   Not-so-local news: 130 million lightyears away, two colliding galaxies are putting on quite the show.…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  2. Kiva Blog Update

    4 Amazing Kiva U Teams Get Creative for the Cause!

    Kiva U is full of passionate students and educators who have come together to learn about the world, take action, and maximize their impact.  Check out what these four Kiva U teams did to make a dent in global poverty or improve their communities - you can't help but be inspired!   1. Kiva Kids in Georgia   A group of elementary school students from Savannah Country Day School…

    Posted by Kimmy Bettinger

  3. Kiva Blog Update

    Meet the Kivans: Eric and Monica, Fearless Leaders of Kiva Volunteers

    This month, we’re spotlighting some of the amazing Kivans who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Kiva possible. Eric and Monica work with Kiva's volunteers who do everything from translate loans for the site to visiting borrowers in the field. Our volunteers are truly incredible, and so are Eric and Monica! Q&A with Eric Brandt, Senior Manager of the Kiva Fellow Program  What do you do…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  4. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: New things, ancient things, all exciting things

    Big win: Grant for Digital Financial Services Innovation lab announced.   Wise words: 7 pieces of advice from 7 years at the helm of Brain Pickings.   What you can't see but still exists: The night sky as viewed from modern cities without light pollution.   Wow: Maptia 2.0 launches and brings some of our favorite causes to life with vivid photos and…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  5. Kiva Blog Update

    Meet the Kivans: Engineering Rock Stars Amy and Aswin

    This month, we’re spotlighting some of the amazing Kivans who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Kiva possible. Let’s start with two of the incredible folks who build and maintain the Kiva website and all the technical systems we rely on: Amy and Aswin! Q&A with Amy Rish, Engineering Manager at Kiva: What do you do at Kiva?  I am responsible for systems software development for Kiva's…

    Posted by Kimmy Bettinger

  6. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva Welcomes First Partner in Egypt and North Africa!

    Kiva is very excited to welcome our first partner in Egypt, and our first partner in northern Africa, Together Association for Development and Environment. TADE has been working to improve the environment and livelihoods in rural regions of Egypt since 2006. TADE provides poor people with business classes and individualized entrepreneurship coaching, as well as microloans. To improve community…

    Posted by Kathy Guis

  7. Kiva Blog Update

    ACCION Texas Paves the Way for Impactful Microlending in the U.S.

    Microlending in the U.S. you say? The United States is one of the most unequal countries in the world with regard to income. The statistics are staggering: America’s top 10% of income make 4/5 of the total income earned in the U.S. That leaves 90% of the population to split the rest. It is a unique and unfortunate quality of the United States to have low income communities living next door…

    Posted by Audra Wingard

  8. Kiva Blog Update

    Life in the Field: Teach Us Something About Your Local Food Scene

    Caroline Dorr, KF25 in Indonesia Rice is everywhere here in Bali, Indonesia! Rice (or “nasi” in Indonesian) is the staple food here and is eaten every day by almost all Indonesians. Not only is rice the staple food, but it is also a staple crop. Beautiful sprawling rice terraces make up much of the country’s landscape. The lush, green rice paddies turn to a golden yellow just before the rice…

    Posted by Margo Brookfield

  9. Kiva Blog Update

    Links we like: Amazing photos, jamming tunes and an internet win

    Internet win: The internet fixes Barbie and helps encourage young girls everywhere to pursue STEM.   That's our jam: The free Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape on Google Play had us dancing around HQ. Mark your calendar: December 4th Twitter chat for mobile banking & other ICT solutions.   Out of this world: What does an astronaut's Twitter look like?…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  10. Kiva Blog Update

    Share One Lesson You've Learned Recently

    Duen Krittika, KF25 in Myanmar I learned that most of the farmers in Delta area in Myanmar, they have a duck farm for their second income. They buy baby ducks, raise them and sell the eggs. I want to support them with Kiva loan! Susan Lee, KF25 in Malawi That everyone learns at a different rate and that we should be tolerant and patient. I already knew this but sometimes life…

    Posted by Margo Brookfield

  11. Kiva Blog Update

    Cool New Partners: Supporting South Sudan, Carbon Credits & Students

    Nexus Carbon for Development Lao People’s Democratic Republic   Creating sustainable, low-carbon pathways towards poverty alleviation   Who are they? Nexus offers carbon-financing services to small and medium businesses in developing countries.  Nexus has committed to provide clean energy to 20 million people in developing countries and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million tons CO2eq…

    Posted by Kimmy Bettinger

  12. Kiva Blog Update

    36 Hours in Detroit with Kiva Zip

    Take a tour through Detroit with Kiva Zip and see this beautiful city through some of the local businesses that give it character and charm at every corner!  

    Posted by Margo Brookfield

  13. Kiva Blog Update

    Amani: Artist, Businesswoman, Refugee

         Amani is an independent female artist.  She has been working in the pottery business for two years buying plain pots and vases, decorating them, and then reselling them. She lives in Baqaa, a Palestinian refugee camp, and tells me its hard selling her goods in that area because the people there are very poor. Instead, she sells her work to stores in nearby Amman.      Amani’s Kiva loan was…

    Posted by Nadia Al-Absy

  14. Kiva Blog Update

    Life in the Field: Things That Made Us Smile Part 2

    There were too many posts from our fellows in the field to choose from, so we had to double up and share some more with you this week! Caroline Dorr, KF25 in Timor-Leste I was so happy to find this little coffee shop here in Timor-Leste! Although many farmers grow coffee here, most Timorese coffee beans are exported and roasted abroad. It can actually be pretty difficult to find a…

    Posted by Margo Brookfield

  15. Kiva Blog Update

    An Update on Kiva Partners Affected by the Ebola Epidemic

    The Ebola epidemic continues to have a widespread human and economic toll in West Africa. More than 4,900 people have died and fear of the disease continues to hamper economic activity.   Kiva’s Field Partners in Sierra Leone and Liberia have been affected in many ways. Some have had to close branches and shutdown operations temporarily. Tragically, all our partners in the regions…

    Posted by Claire Markham

  16. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: The rhythm's gonna get you, but aging might not

    Breaking the mold: GoldieBlox releases an inspiring new toy to inspire young female engineers.     Beat of a different drum: A new take on visualizing rhythm.   Speaking of our history: A wonderful map of old world language families.   Growing up: The psychology of aging, and de-aging, yourself.  

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    Oakland's Mayor Elect on Growing Local Businesses, Being a Kiva Zip Trustee

    The following is an excerpt from a Kiva Zip guest post written by Oakland's Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf. You can read the full text of her post here. According to an Institute for Local Self-Reliance study released earlier this year, “42 percent of local businesses that needed a loan in the previous two years had been unable to obtain one"....This is where I believe Kiva Zip can play a valuable…

    Posted by Jonny Price

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    Life in the Field: Things that Made Us Smile

    Mary Jo Halder, KF25 in Washington D.C. Like many other people, coffee makes me smile. I’m lucky enough to be in DC, which has an awesome local coffee scene focused on providing great coffee that’s expertly crafted. Carina at Café Diem is doing just that. Café Diem is currently a pop-up in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood, but Carina is picking up the coffee truck that the Kiva Zip loan…

    Posted by Margo Brookfield

  19. Kiva Blog Update

    Snapshots from our fellows

    It’s hard to believe our 25th class of fellows (KF25) has been in the field for nearly 6 weeks now. They’ve already accomplished so much outstanding work with our field partners and trustees and have reported some great stories with fantastic pictures.    Here are some highlights we couldn’t resist sharing with you:   Ignacio in Nicaragua stops by for lunch at Kiva borrower…

    Posted by Aurora Lee