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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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    Making it Matter to a Million one borrower at a time

    This is a guest blog from Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer at HP, our Matter to a Million partner. Sabita never had the opportunity to go to school, but she wants her children to have a different future. Sabita is part of a group of female entrepreneurs in Balangir, India, who use Kiva loans to create successful businesses to fund their children’s education and…

    Posted by Nate Hurst

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    Cool new partners working with organic farmers and accelerating entrepreneurs

    The Kiva community is happy to welcome some amazing new partners this month who all share a common mission with Kiva: to empower people with opportunities to create better lives for themselves. Whether it’s giving farmers in Peru access to resources and markets, training farmers in Mozambique to increase productivity, or connecting entrepreneurs with the tools they need to tackle some of the…

    Posted by Natalie Brown

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    Our 31st fellows class is hitting the field

    Once again, we’ve welcomed our new fellow trainees to our headquarters in San Francisco to train them up on all things Kiva before their 6 month fellowships with our field partners. This fellows class is 18 strong and will be working with 36 field partners across 20 countries. The week was filled with early morning training sessions (fueled by coffee), afternoon lunches catered by local Kiva…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    How an ex-trader is helping girls of color unleash their financial power

    At just 23 years old, Chloe is the founder and CEO of BlackFem, non-profit venture capital firm that teaches financial literacy to women and girls of color in under-served communities. Her philosophy regarding wealth in America might surprise you, and it’s now the title of a new children’s book she co-wrote: ‘Money Does Grow on Trees.’ Read more about Chloe's story at Kiva's Medium page -->…

    Posted by Natalie Brown

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    Volunteer Spotlight: “I feel so lucky to be able to do this work.”

    All over the world, Review and Translation Program (RTP) volunteers dedicate their time and skills to ensure that the thousands of loans that come in from Kiva’s partners are edited and translated from our five key languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Russian. In the past three months alone, RTP volunteers have reviewed 47,529 loans, averaging over 15,000 loans per month. They…

    Posted by Kelsey Renz

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    Keeping traditions alive and reaching remote communities in Cambodia

    This is part of our series celebrating the unifying spirit of the Summer Games. Cambodia is one of 28 Kiva countries that have never won a medal, so we’re rallying to show our support through loans this month! Team Kiva for the win! Situated between Thailand and Vietnam in Southeast Asia is a small, compact country of mostly flat and forested land: Cambodia. This beautiful country is home…

    Posted by Natalie Brown

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    Single moms, seniors among the entrepreneurs renewing El Salvador

    This is part of our series celebrating the unifying spirit of the summer games. El Salvador is one of 28 Kiva countries that have never won a medal, so we’re rallying to show our support through loans this month! Team Kiva for the win!   Nestled in the mountains of Central America is the smallest but most densely populated country in the region, El Salvador. Home to more than 6 million…

    Posted by Alicia Fan

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    Cool new partners: Providing growth, energy and vision around the world

    Our partners are located all over the world, working to create change in the communities where they’re based. Whether it’s helping social businesses get a leg up to solve social and environmental problems, providing solar power to small rural communities in Nepal, or bringing vision to those in need wherever they may be, the work done by our partners is having a positive and unique impact on…

    Posted by Natalie Brown

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    Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, is forging new opportunities for entrepreneurs

    This is part of our series celebrating the unifying spirit of the summer games. Rwanda is one of 28 Kiva countries that have never won a medal, so we’re rallying to show our support through loans this month! Team Kiva for the win! The games represent the ultimate test of physical strength, speed and ability. But underneath the sweaty, muscled exterior lies something even more critical…

    Posted by Hope Kerpelman

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    Clean energy provides relief and hope in Yemen

    On summer days, the temperature in Al Hudaydah, Yemen often reaches 100 degrees by 9 in the morning, with barely a hint of a breeze coming off the bathwater-like Red Sea nearby. The scorching heat in this coastal city, and in much of the country, is all the more unbearable for the majority of Yemeni families who have to make do without electricity to power fans, lights or other essential…

    Posted by Kate Griesemer

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    Links we like: May the future be brighter

    Clean energy: We need to reach sustainability and Elon Musk has a plan. Music for your soul: A cellist copes with tragedy the best way he knows how.   To the stars: Farming solar power from space.   Through their eyes: 100 cameras were given to homeless people, this is what they saw.   Perspective shift: The other side of famous landmarks. Startup…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    Growing big dreams on a tiny rooftop field

    Katrina and Keely first met in the summer of 2013 while working on open space greening projects in Brooklyn, N.Y., and bonded instantly over urban farming and pop culture. After many discussions on the frustrations of finding financially sustainable jobs in urban agriculture, they decided the best solution was to start a project for themselves. In 2015, the two joined forces to start Tinyfield…

    Posted by Rachel Getz

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    A native son returns to Detroit with a dream to make a difference

    This is the final story in our series spotlighting U.S. businesses in celebration of Independence Day. Jay is a native of Detroit and considers himself a promoter of social good in his home city. After moving back to Detroit 6 years ago, Jay decided to spend his time creating opportunity for his community and Detroit youth. Read more about Jay's story at Kiva's Medium page -->>

    Posted by Rachel Getz

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    Joining the new generation of small-scale American farmers

    This is the second story in our series spotlighting U.S. businesses in celebration of Independence Day.  Farming is fraught with challenges — erratic weather patterns and invasive pests can damage crops, sudden outbreaks of disease can kill off livestock. New farmers are particularly vulnerable because the learning curve is steep and unforgiving. For New England-native Erica Frenay, the…

    Posted by Crystal Chandy

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    Kiva launches direct to social enterprise program

    The direct to social enterprise program is a pilot program that aims to raise capital for social enterprises in a new and more efficient way. Social enterprises have the potential to strengthen their communities and reduce poverty by expanding formal employment, scaling innovative social solutions and driving sustainable economic growth. However, they often fall in the “missing middle,” meaning…

    Posted by Carlos Pierre

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    Guadalupe is living the American dream: “No one believed me, they all said I was crazy.”

    This the second of our stories in our series spotlighting U.S. businesses in celebration of Independence Day. “After years of working for someone else, I decided it was time to pursue my dream of bringing the food of my childhood to my new home.” You can tell Guadalupe is a passionate woman from the moment you place your order at El Pipila. She is constantly moving around assembling the…

    Posted by Diana Baule

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    We are together: How a refugee’s story helped me write my own

    Kigali, Rwanda. Photo by Flickr user oledoe. I’ve only seen the film Hotel Rwanda twice. The first time, I was alone on my parents’ couch in small-town Oklahoma. I tend to want to be emotionally prepared for heavy films with difficult subject matter, but when do you ever feel prepared enough to bear witness to such a magnitude of senseless violence and tragedy as what happened in Rwanda? The…

    Posted by Jessica Hansen

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    In honor of World Refugee Day

    There are more than 60 million refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) around the world who were driven from their homes by violence and conflict. In honor of World Refugee Day, we’re featuring the stories of borrowers who were forced to rebuild their lives and found new hope and support through the Kiva community. Kiva lenders have crowdfunded more than $2.6 million in loans to…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  19. Kiva Blog Update

    Growing a business and caring for a family, from a refugee camp

    This is part of our World Refugee Day series honoring Kiva borrowers who made the incredible journey from refugee to entrepreneur. Najah, whose name means “Success” in Arabic, comes from a Bedouin background and is now a successful business woman herself. She raises sheep and goats and sells milk and meat. She lives with her 5 children in a refugee camp near Jericho, one of the…

    Posted by Diana Baule

  20. Kiva Blog Update

    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 by vendors…

    Posted by Katherine Doyle