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Born in a refugee camp, now designing her own collections in NYC

This is part of our World Refugee Day series honoring Kiva borrowers who made the incredible journey from refugee to entrepreneur. Jembere. In Amharic – the native language of Ethiopia – it means, “my sunset.” When Abaynesh, a designer in New York, fulfilled her dream of creating her own eyewear brand, she named it Jembere in honor of her roots. Her collections are now sold b ...

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A farmer rebuilds again, as a refugee in her own land

This is part of our World Refugee Day series honoring Kiva borrowers who made the incredible journey from refugee to entrepreneur. Leila is constantly smiling, and beams with pride when talking about her farm. But behind her sunny exterior, she carries a story of extreme hardship and perseverance. Leila used to live in Ochamchire, in the coastal region of Abkhazia, situated in the nor ...

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After fleeing war across 8 countries, a tailor pursues his dream

This is part of our World Refugee Day series honoring Kiva borrowers who made the incredible journey from refugee to entrepreneur. For Kone, a designer and tailor, achieving his dream of owning his own business in Nairobi has been a long journey, both mentally and physically. In 2002, he was the proud owner of a stable and prosperous tailoring business in his native Côte d’Ivoire ...

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She’s 22, from rural Zimbabwe, and a mogul in the making

This is the fourth in our ‘Invest in her, invest in change’ series celebrating the power of women entrepreneurs around the world. Join Kiva in crowdfunding $1 million in loans to women by International Women’s Day on March 8. Lindiwe, 22, beams with pride as she presents bottles of her homemade juice and soda to customers at her shop in rural Zimbabwe. Each bottle has a hand-glued label ...

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Finding a green, local solution to a deadly household chore

It’s early evening and the sun is glowing, low and golden, above a homestead located a 3-hour drive from Cape Coast, Ghana. The air has cooled just enough for Grace and her family to start cooking their dinner over an open fire. Tonight they are making gravy and yams, and crushing together tomatoes and garden eggs, a popular type of eggplant.   At regular intervals Grace and h ...

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  1. Kiva Fellows Update

    Thank you Kiva

    Posted by Lynnet Mlambo

  2. Kiva Fellows Update

    I, Tsilaviniaina 2/2

    Of Youth, Entrepreneurship and Resilience in Madagascar     Tsilaviniaina in front of his gargote 'After a few weeks, I knew I would never see my stock ever again. I resigned myself to ask for help. So, I went to see my father’s family to ask for a small lump sum to help me to go back into business. They don't have much either, but in front of my despair, everyone put something in…

    Posted by Marie Le Page

  3. Kiva Blog Update

    Happy volunteer week: intern insights

    In honor of volunteer week, we’re talking to some of our current interns about their journey to Kiva. Our amazing volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have exciting visions of what they hope to accomplish during their time at Kiva.    Interested in Kiva’s intern program? Find more information and apply here!   Aparna Ananthan - Strategic…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich

  4. Kiva Blog Update

    Happy volunteer week: more intern insight

    In honor of volunteer week, we’re talking to some of our current interns about their journey to Kiva. Our amazing volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have exciting visions of what they hope to accomplish during their time at Kiva. Interested in Kiva’s intern program? Find more information and apply here! Shreye Saxena - Strategic Initiatives Intern   Why…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich

  5. Kiva Fellows Update

    I, Tsilaviniaina 1/2

    Of Youth, Entrepreneurship and Resilience in Madagascar.     This is a story of one of Kiva’s borrowers, a slice of life in Antananarivo, or Tana as locals call it. Above all, this is a story, or rather a lesson, for all of us, of resilience and determination. This is the journey of Tsilaviniaina, a 21-year-old young man who I met during a field trip with CEFOR, Kiva’s field partner in…

    Posted by Marie Le Page

  6. Kiva Blog Update

    A soap that washes away inequality

    Kiva is proud to work with many organizations who are Fair Trade certified. In the first part of our Fair Trade series, we’re highlighting Kiva Field Partner, Dr. Bronner’s, and their program, Serendipalm!   Not only does Dr. Bronner’s make the soap in your bathroom, they also empower the farmers who provide the essential oils for their body products. Dr. Bronner’s is a Fair Trade…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich

  7. Kiva Blog Update

    Green finance

    Written by: Kathleen Bennett, Kiva Portfolio Manager, South America & Guatemala   At Kiva, our mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, and this mission extends beyond just financial poverty. We aim to help increase access to basic services as well, from clean water and sanitation, to getting sustainable energy in homes. Green loans on Kiva help borrowers switch…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich

  8. Kiva Fellows Update

    A Sea of Purple: Celebrating Semana Santa (Holy Week)

    Known to be not only be one of Central America’s most exciting places to celebrate the Easter holidays, but also one of the world’s, Guatemala is home to some of the most elaborate celebrations leading up to Easter Sunday to commemorate the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ. Historically used as a way to explain the story of Jesus, Semana Santa traditions in Guatemala combine…

    Posted by Kanchan Sakhrani

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    Links we like: outstanding organisms

    We’re constantly learning about the wonderful flora and fauna that co-exist on this earth, and each discovery has an interesting tale (or tail)! Here are six great stories from around the web:   Fighting fire with fire: Why this scientist is releasing thousands of mosquitoes to reduce mosquito populations   Your head will swim: This fish fights its predators with a…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich

  10. Kiva Fellows Update

    An Ultramarathon in Kenya: Why Not?

    One of the great things about Nairobi is the plethora of running groups available. In Monrovia, I was an avid member of the Monrovia House Hash Harriers, but there were few opportunities for more serious running. In Nairobi, there is at least one running group meeting daily. One of my favorites is the Urban Swaras, which meets at 7 am on Saturday mornings, with 5-20 km runs followed by…

    Posted by Will Putnam

  11. Kiva Fellows Update

    SMEP: Using Water Loans to Lift Up Communities in Kenya

    Much of the world lacks access to safe water. Worse yet, even in areas where safe drinking water is available, access is often restricted due to a lack of available financing. SMEP, one of Kiva’s field partners in Kenya, offers affordable WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) loans to borrowers looking to purchase water tanks. SMEP’s affordable financing has several major benefits. Since the…

    Posted by Will Putnam

  12. Kiva Fellows Update

    Female Bankers in Tajikistan

    Hi Kiva Lenders,  Today I would like to share a story about a group of women whose hard work makes it possible for you to learn about the unique story of each Kiva borrower in Tajikistan. Let me introduce you to Nargiza, Fazilat and Nilufar, the all-star female Kiva team members from MDO Humo and Partners (Humo), one of my microfinance field partners in Tajikistan.  The all-star female…

    Posted by Wenli Rui

  13. Kiva Blog Update

    An update on our Field Partners in Peru following El Niño floods

    Since the beginning of March, heavy rains in coastal regions of Northern Peru and in the Lima area have caused severe floodings leaving more than 90 people dead, 347 injured and 120,000 more homeless. This natural disaster is a consequence of El Niño, a climatic phenomenon that happens periodically and stems from the Pacific waters warming up and potentially having catastrophic consequences on…

    Posted by Nicolas Lafaye

  14. Kiva Fellows Update

    Visiting Mother's Love

      When you follow your heart, you can be anything but wrong. You can go anywhere but distant from yourself. ----------- The sound is new to me, but it's surely a welcoming one. I am in a Mozambican district in the central share of the country, represented chiefly by its agricultural potential. The main city in the surroundings is Chimoio, famous for being the center point…

    Posted by Gian Vanzo

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    Links we like: resource innovation

    When life gives you lemons... make sustainable lemonade! These stories highlight some key players who are using new technology to solve some of nature’s challenges.    The power of solar power: How this island can keep their lights on during a hurricane   Food waste: The reason why NASA is investing in the kitchen sink   Good vibrations: Why water pumps in Africa…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich

  16. Kiva Fellows Update

    Microfinance: a catalyst for poverty alleviation and agriculture development in Cameroon.

    Determination. Adaptability. Patience. Love. These are the key virtues you need when you embark on a journey through coffee and cocoa plantations in Cameroon, ready for an epic and folkloric adventure. Folks, next time that you enjoy your favourite chocolate bar or sip your matinal double expresso, I hope you’ll remember the stories that follow, the story of Joseph, Ella, Beatrice,…

    Posted by Marie Le Page

  17. Kiva Fellows Update

    Food Security in Mali: Challenges facing the Agricultural sector and the Farmer’s prospect for a better Future.

    A group of Kiva borrowers My intellectual curiosity and passion for asking questions is what led me to pursue further studies in Finance; however, my interest in the microfinance sector is also long standing. At Kiva, I could combine both by taking up a fellowship position whereby I will be working with kiva field partners in three francophone African countries including my home country Mali. At…

    Posted by Daouda Konipo

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    Happy World Water Day!

    In honor of World Water Day, we’re celebrating a fantastic Field Partner who provides access to clean water, Nazava Water Filters!    In Indonesia, communities are unable to have a reliable and affordable source for their drinking water. This makes it difficult for families to stay healthy. Nazava Water Filters is one excellent social enterprise that aims to provide clean drinking water…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich

  19. Kiva Fellows Update

    Sanergy living up to its brand; Fresh life, live fresh...

    Sanergy launched its first toilet, the Fresh Life Toilets (FLT) in November 2011. Fresh life, live fresh... providing good sanitationFrom then Sanegry has been working in slum areas of Nairobi, including Kwa Njenga, Mathare, Kwa Reuben, Makadara, Kamukunji, providing sanitation services. During my one month at Sanergy I was eager to understand how Sanergy is living to fulfil its brand name,…

    Posted by Lynnet Mlambo

  20. Kiva Blog Update

    We did it!

    Thank you! For a second year in a row, Kiva had a record-breaking International Women’s Day! This was the biggest day of lending in Kiva's history, beating our second largest day by 23%! In just one week, more than seven thousand lenders and supporters doubled our goal in loans to women, with $3.5 million in loans on March 8th alone. As a result, the Kiva community fully funded 7,486…

    Posted by Kayla Grueneich