Kiva Blog Update

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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,

Change is in Your Hands: Grameen-Jameel And Kiva Support Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa

Women and youth in the Middle East are pushing boundaries, creating their own opportunities and taking control of their futures. They are the seeds of positive change and you can be a part of their stories through the new Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd. and Kiva campaign, “Change is in Your Hands.” The campaign allows people around the world to go on Kiva and, with as little as a $25, offe ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

The Coolest Part of Kiva You Might Not Know About

Imagine a world where you make a loan on Kiva, our Field Partners distribute that loan to the most vulnerable communities, and then take the next step to address other holistic needs of the community, like health and access to financial education.   Luckily we don’t have to imagine it. Because when you support someone on Kiva, you’re offering more than financial capital. You’re offer ...

Kiva Fellows Update

Kiva Fellows Update,

From Soccer Pro to Sewing Pro in Sierra Leone

Tejan, proudly outside his new shop As a young man, Tejan had long dreamed of being a professional soccer player. For fifteen years, he played with one of Sierra Leone’s top teams, the first division Regent’s Olympic.  But even as a star defender and captain of his team, his earnings, essentially a portion of what was taken at the entrance gate, were seldom enough to make ends meet. In 200 ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Haiti Rising: Record Loan Backed by Muhammad Yunus Will Create 300 Quality Jobs

In 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake that weakened the economy and left half the population without employment. More than four years later, Haiti continues to rebuild and jobs remain scarce. Now you can play a role in creating sustainable, long-term recovery in Haiti through Kiva. Kiva and Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus are teaming up with Kreyòl Essence, a social business, to cre ...

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  1. Kiva Blog Update

    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

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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

  3. 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

  4. Kiva Blog Update

    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

  6. Kiva Blog Update

    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

  7. Kiva Blog Update

    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

  8. Kiva Blog Update

    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

  9. Kiva Blog Update

    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

  10. 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

  11. Kiva Blog Update

    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

  12. Kiva Blog Update

    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

  13. Kiva Blog Update

    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

  14. Kiva Blog Update

    Exposure Photo Essay: Funded Globally, Crafted Locally

    Check out the latest Kiva photo story! This time Tiffany Vlaanderen, a Kiva Fellow in Nairobi, takes us inside an artisan workshop where hand-crafted works sold all over the world originate.

    Posted by Talea Miller

  15. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: A snack-tacular tour of Europe, cocoa farmers taste chocolate for the first time & what a week of crisis emails looks like

    Don't miss out on what's hot at Kiva HQ this week:   Guaranteed smiles: Cacao farmers taste chocolate for the first time.   Food for thought: A food artist's snack-tacular tour of Europe   Digital development: Non-profit backed by Facebook brings free internet access to Zambia   For your toolbox: Everything you ever needed to know about typography  …

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  16. Kiva Blog Update

    An Update on Kiva's Palestinian Partners

    Given the recent conflict in Gaza, we've gotten a number of questions from lenders asking about Kiva borrowers and Field Partners working in this area of the world. Kiva shares the concerns expressed by many of our lenders and we are in the process of following up with our Palestinian partners to ascertain how they and their borrowers have been impacted by the war. We know that some…

    Posted by Lev Plaves

  17. 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, and…

    Posted by Tess Murphy

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: Excitement for the future, treasures from the past and something you can do right now to help save the planet

    Our staff's must-reads of the week: Captain Planet recommends: They may not be pretty, but these unusual fruits and veggies are taking a bite out of food waste   Stop and smell the roses: Life is about the journey, this algorithm finds the most beautiful route across a city   Gadgets we can't wait for: In the future, umbrellas tell you when it will rain   Brain…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  19. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva Magic in Sierra Leone: An Exposure Photo Story

    Kiva is now on Exposure.co, a cool new platform for visual storytelling that will help us share Kiva adventures and experiences from all over the world. Our very first post is from Sierra Leone and takes you inside "Kiva Magic," that special moment when Kiva borrowers get to see their Kiva profiles, and the many lenders who believe in them around the globe. Check it out!

    Posted by Kate Kleinschmidt

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    Links We Like: Cruise Missiles vs. Schools, Malala Makes Us Cry (Again) and the Origin of the Super Soaker

    Here's what we are reading (and occasionally obsessing about) at HQ this week: Must read of the week: For the price of a single Tomahawk cruise missile, it’s possible to build about 20 schools.   Smarties making moves: Meet the NASA engineer who invented the Super Soaker. That's right: NASA.   Reliving the glory: 2014 World Cup Quiz, in case you're going through withdrawal…

    Posted by Aurora Lee