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Kiva Community Raises $153k to Honor Inspiring Teacher

Biba, her class, and all of us at Kiva were blown away by the response to Biba's story of perseverance and spirit during a difficult battle with brain cancer. Nearly 3,700 lenders made a loan in Biba’s honor, raising $153,000 in loans for people around the world. Simply incredible. Below is a thank you letter to lenders from Biba, who also shares the story of her inspirational students: Se ...

Kiva Blog Update

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 ...

Kiva Blog Update

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 Kiv ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Meet the Kivans: Field Experts Jomay and David

In the last installment of our series Meet the Kivans, we're excited to introduce you to Jomay and David. These two work closely with our partners in the field and have great insights on Kiva's work around the world. Q&A with Jomay Lui, Kiva's Senior Knowledge Manager What do you do at Kiva? I work on the Partnerships team, which is the team that finds, vets, trains and monitors our vast netwo ...

Kiva Blog Update

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!  

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 ...

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  1. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva Community Raises $153k to Honor Inspiring Teacher

    Biba, her class, and all of us at Kiva were blown away by the response to Biba's story of perseverance and spirit during a difficult battle with brain cancer. Nearly 3,700 lenders made a loan in Biba’s honor, raising $153,000 in loans for people around the world. Simply incredible. Below is a thank you letter to lenders from Biba, who also shares the story of her inspirational students:…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  2. Kiva Blog Update

    Cool New Partners: Egypt, India & Peru

    Milaap India   Connecting lenders around the world with borrowers in India   Who are they? Milaap means 'connecting people' in Hindi and Urdu. The organization enables individuals all over the world to give a loan to the working class of India – students, small businesses, and families - who need a small amount of capital to get ahead and change their lives for the better.   You’ll love them if……

    Posted by Kimmy Bettinger

  3. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: Amazing young women, amazing nature, amazing technology

    Role models: 2014 was an amazing year for bright, brave and inspiring young women.   Too gorgeous to miss: Nature creates an incredible winter wonderland of snow and ice.   Perspective change: Move with the night sky and leave the ground behind.   Modern problems: Robots causing mischief creates a legal headache.   Oldie but goodie: Let…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  4. Kiva Blog Update

    Engineering the Kiva Connection and Building a Creative Culture

    Ever wondered what life is like working behind the scenes on Kiva's software systems? If you asked Kiva employees (Kivans as we call them) why they are here, most would agree: When I wake up everyday, I want to go to work. I want to change the world. Kiva's my place to do that. It's a unique platform connecting people across the world that has attracted a talented engineering team driven by…

    Posted by Kevin O'Brien

  5. Kiva Blog Update

    7 Inspirational Quotes to Jumpstart Your Year

    It’s a new year, and a new chance to focus on what’s important in life. At Kiva, we are so inspired and motivated by lenders like you, we just had to share a few of our favorite lender quotes to start the year. It makes us want to get to work and make the most of 2015 already! How do you plan to help others this year? “People everywhere are kind. They are good. They are honest. They are…

    Posted by Kimmy Bettinger

  6. Kiva Blog Update

    Meet the Kivans: Field Experts Jomay and David

    In the last installment of our series Meet the Kivans, we're excited to introduce you to Jomay and David. These two work closely with our partners in the field and have great insights on Kiva's work around the world. Q&A with Jomay Lui, Kiva's Senior Knowledge Manager What do you do at Kiva? I work on the Partnerships team, which is the team that finds, vets, trains and monitors our vast…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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