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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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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: 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

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    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

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    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

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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!  

    Posted by Margo Brookfield

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Meet Presh: A Kiva U student on a mission

    Presh (center) with 2014 World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Rajaram (right) Presh rushes into the classroom a few minutes after the lunch bell rings, with an ice pack in one hand and a textbook in the other.  She apologizes for running late; she had to visit the trainer to deal with a cross-country injury and then got sidetracked discussing political action committees with her social studies…

    Posted by Kimmy Bettinger

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    Kiva Welcomes New Board Member: John Muller, PayPal's Vice President of Global Payments Policy

    Kiva is thrilled to announce the addition of John Muller, PayPal's Vice President of Global Payments Policy, to our Board of Directors. John brings deep legal and regulatory expertise to the team and a true passion for Kiva’s mission. At PayPal, he served as General Counsel and Vice President of Legal before taking on his new role. John’s experience will be invaluable as Kiva…

    Posted by Talea Miller

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    Celebrate the Hard-working People All Around Us

    Niaz Patwary, KF25 in India I take great joy in introducing these hardworking movers and shakers from the fields of Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India: Sumangala. Kalavthi. Renuka. Tippava. (Clearly, each name needed a separate line and a punctuation mark to hold the positive energy they radiate!) All of these ladies are multitasking maestros - keeping the home-front…

    Posted by Margo Brookfield

  15. Kiva Blog Update

    These Dogs are Not Impressed by Our Travel Mistakes

    At Kiva HQ we love travel and we love dogs. We also make silly mistakes from time to time, so we pulled together some real-life travel blunders made by our staff and volunteers (who shall remain nameless), and threw in some cute, judgmental dogs to say what we were all thinking…check it out on our Medium page. Photo by Flickr user Ian Collins

    Posted by Talea Miller

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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