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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,

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 ...

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,

Thousands of HP Employees Invited to Loan on Kiva Through ‘Matter to a Million’

  Kiva’s lending community has helped improve the lives of more than one million borrowers around the world in the past 8 years. Our lenders are the driving force behind Kiva’s success, so it’s with great enthusiasm that we welcome new faces into that family through an exciting partnership with the HP Company Foundation.    Beginning February 25, each of HP’s thousands of ...

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  1. 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 Liked: 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

  3. Kiva Blog Update

    Feeling Overwhelmed? Let The Partners Help You Choose!

    Logging onto kiva.org is both exciting (wow look at all these borrowers!) and a bit overwhelming (wow, look at all these borrowers.) It can be hard to know where to start, but choosing a Field Partner that shares your values and priorities is a good way to narrow down your search and start lending. Kiva partners with 264 organizations worldwide. When you lend to a borrower on kiva.org, the…

    Posted by Audra Wingard

  4. Kiva Blog Update

    We did it! Amazing Million Dollar Match Day

    The Kiva community helped make history on July 10 — more than 25,000 Kiva lenders sent $2.9 million to the field, helping make a difference in 56 countries!   $1 Million Match Day was made possible by a troupe of generous donors like Google, Grameen-Jameel and Richard Brindle, who matched loans to borrowers across Kiva and Kiva Zip. So for example, when a Kiva lender gave a $50 loan,…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  5. Kiva Blog Update

    Cool New Partners: Empowering Victims of Sexual Violence, Boosting Students and Promoting Healthy Products

    We can’t wait for someone else to change the world. It’s our turn now. Kiva is teaming up with three new partners who create opportunity for all the the hard-working students, helpful neighbors, and independent women out there. These partners create the real changes we need to have a better world! Check out Kiva’s amazing new partners in Africa: LIVING GOODS Kenya and Uganda Delivers…

    Posted by Audra Wingard

  6. Kiva Blog Update

    American Entrepreneurs Dare to Dream this Independence Day

    If you’re from the United States or live in the States, you’re likely gearing up to celebrate the Fourth of July tomorrow. After the fireworks are set off and the meat is on the BBQ, it’ll be time to reflect on what this holiday means for Americans. As many know, the day memorializes the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, over two hundred years ago. Today, and every day at Kiva, we…

    Posted by Tess Murphy

  7. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva Launches Pilot Study with IPA and Google.org

    We’re thrilled to announce an innovative partnership between Kiva Labs, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Google.org and two Kiva Field Partners to evaluate the effect of product design changes on the welfare of micro-entrepreneurs and on the viability of microfinance institutions.   Through this study, Kiva aims to push the boundaries of…

    Posted by Cynthia McMurry

  8. 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, offer a…

    Posted by Audra Wingard

  9. Kiva Blog Update

    Brazil’s Banco Pérola Aiming at High GOOOALS with Kiva

    As thousands of soccer fans celebrate and cheer on their teams in Brazil, let’s also consider the people who play out their lives, day in and day out, in the country taking center stage this summer. At Kiva the spotlight is on Banco Pérola, a non-profit that offers microloans to youth entrepreneurs, ages 18-35 years old, from low-income families in Brazil. Banco Pérola operates a lot…

    Posted by Audra Wingard

  10. Kiva Blog Update

    Thank you Kiva -- a letter from Kiva’s Co-Founder & CEO Matt Flannery

    Dear Kiva Community, After 10 years leading Kiva, I have decided to step down as CEO. First off, I want to express my utmost respect and gratitude to all of you. You’ve not only brought Kiva to life, but you've also brought so much meaning and inspiration to my own life. After many ongoing conversations, I've decided it's time to embark on a new chapter. Personal life changes (e.g. family…

    Posted by Matt Flannery

  11. Kiva Blog Update

    Haiti’s Crowdfunding Platform Fonkoze-Zafèn Joins Forces with Kiva

    A Zafèn entrepreneur hard at work. Photo courtesy Zafen.org Zafèn, Haiti’s loan crowdfunding platform backed by the Fonkoze Foundation, has joined forces with Kiva to expand its crowdfunding reach and to distribute more loans to more Haitian entrepreneurs. Zafèn was established in 2010, just months after a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, and provides low cost loans to small and growing…

    Posted by Audra Wingard

  12. Kiva Blog Update

    Cool New Partners: Fair Trade Apparel, Solar Communities and an Accelerator With a Mission

    A desire for innovation and change fills the hearts of both Kiva lenders and borrowers. As part of Kiva’s work to make microfinance as innovative and impactful as possible, Kiva is excited to announce  new partnerships with Indigenous Designs, Village Infrastructure, and Fledge. Unlike traditional microfinance institutions, these organizations offer unique services to individuals, communities,…

    Posted by Audra Wingard

  13. 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…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  14. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva Fathers Who Will Melt Your Heart on Father’s Day

    Kiva fathers show their dedication to family each day through their hard work and love. This Father’s Day we wanted to highlight three Kiva dads committed to making life better for their families. Bernard (pictured in the top right of the above image) is a hard working entrepreneur in Zambia-- but to his family, he is the adoptive dad to 13 orphaned nieces and nephews he has raised as…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  15. Kiva Blog Update

    Connecting the Dots: From Kiva to Soccer and Back Again

    It's World Cup time and Kiva isn't immune to the excitement as people around the globe pour themselves into the jubulance of the tournament. Soccer is a uniting force in communities that often appear to be vastly different (different regions, different languages, diffferent cultures) and over the course of the tournament we'll be sharing about the role soccer plays across Kiva's diverse…

    Posted by Matt Ramirez

  16. 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 offering…

    Posted by Tess Murphy

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva’s Chicken-or-the-Egg Experiment in Team Building

    It’s hard to stand stock still at a concert when the crowd around you is enthusiastically jumping around. Eventually your traitorous foot will start tapping out a beat and before you know it you’re proving Gloria Estefan right-- the rhythm is, in fact, going to get you.   Our peers influence our actions each and everyday in a similar manner, often times giving us that extra push we need…

    Posted by Harry Pottash

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    Meet KF24!

    It’s been a whirlwind week here in the office as we welcomed our 24th class of Kiva Fellows to HQ. They converged from eight countries for five days of intensive training with our staff before they head out to work directly with our field partners later next week.    Kiva relies on the efforts of tremendous volunteers, including our fellows, to ensure our lenders’ capital gets to the…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  19. Kiva Blog Update

    There's No Wrong Way to Lend

    One of the best parts of my job is talking with lenders – it’s a chance to understand what works well and where improvements are needed. We recently conducted a series of interviews and tested a couple of prototypes in connection with an initiative aimed at improving the way lenders find loans on Kiva. While no two lenders are the same, we wanted to share a few common patterns we've observed…

    Posted by Abe Wallin

  20. Kiva Blog Update

    Students Aren't Waiting to Change the World

    As I take a moment to reflect after my whirlwind tour of the United States over the past two months to celebrate and promote April’s Month of Microfinance, I’m blown away by the students I encountered. The young people I met were exceptional and endlessly inspiring; already making commitments, designing projects and taking action to change our world for the better.   Projects included a…

    Posted by Jessica Hansen