Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Kiva welcomes new CEO: Neville Crawley

We are honored and excited to announce Neville Crawley as Kiva’s Chief Executive Officer. Neville brings nearly 2 decades of experience in global business and technology ventures, most recently as CEO of Quid, a platform that analyzes the world's collective intelligence to help answer strategic questions. “I’m thrilled to be joining Kiva and have the greatest respect and admiration for t ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Check out the Kiva holiday gift guide!

We have gift ideas for all the special people on your list! Shop borrower-made artisan goods, Kiva gear and donation sets available from the Kiva Store. Every purchase helps futher Kiva's mission and helps artisan borrowers.  Just click on the "fullscreen" icon in the bottom right of the guide to see a more detailed view.

Kiva Fellows Update

Kiva Fellows Update,

Homecoming: the future of internally displaced persons in Colombia

When you read the phrase “internally displaced persons,” what countries come to mind? I immediately think of Syria and Iraq. If pressed, I can think of a few more: South Sudan, perhaps Somalia and Pakistan. If the phrase “internally displaced persons” (IDPs) means nothing to you, you’re in good company; I learned the term myself within the last month. IDPs are people who are forced ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Woman-led beauty brands are too rare – this one is thriving and changing lives in Haiti

When your beauty brand has fans like Whole Foods and Sephora, you know you’re doing something right. When you’re able to make those beauty products in a socially impactful way, that creates jobs and improves the environment, you’re doing something extraordinary.   For Yve-Car, the CEO and co-founder of successful social enterprise Kreyol Essence, that extraordinary journey all bega ...

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  1. Kiva Blog Update

    Intern insights: A final look

    Kiva loves to celebrate its interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. Now past their mid-internship point, we sat down with a few of them to hear about their work and how their time at Kiva has impacted them thus far. Read below to hear why Kiva interns are working to become the next generation of social innovators. Angele - Review and Translation…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  2. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva welcomes new CEO: Neville Crawley

    We are honored and excited to announce Neville Crawley as Kiva’s Chief Executive Officer. Neville brings nearly 2 decades of experience in global business and technology ventures, most recently as CEO of Quid, a platform that analyzes the world's collective intelligence to help answer strategic questions. “I’m thrilled to be joining Kiva and have the greatest respect and admiration for the…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  3. Kiva Blog Update

    5 essential books for compassionate world-changing innovators

    The books below share informative, inspirational and innovative approaches to solving global problems. Whether they help you fill free time over the holidays or are adorned with wrapping paper and a bow for the change-makers in your life, these are great works to add to anyone's collection.   1. Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day by Daryl Collins, Jonathan…

    Posted by Jessica Hansen

  4. Kiva Blog Update

    Check out the Kiva holiday gift guide!

    We have gift ideas for all the special people on your list! Shop borrower-made artisan goods, Kiva gear and donation sets available from the Kiva Store. Every purchase helps futher Kiva's mission and helps artisan borrowers.  Just click on the "fullscreen" icon in the bottom right of the guide to see a more detailed view.

    Posted by Tarek Eveida

  5. Kiva Blog Update

    Lei Company Cooperative founder aims to reclaim Pacific Islander art form

    Oceania - often pictured as tangerine skies, azure waters and palm trees - has a rich and complicated heritage.    Kiva borrower Tiffany Lacsado, founder and co-owner of Oakland’s The Lei Company Cooperative, Inc, is using her business to honor her Pacific Islander heritage on her own terms. She is a Chamorro-American from Guahan (Guam), and like more than 1 million Pacific Island…

    Posted by Tim Workman

  6. Kiva Blog Update

    Links we like: Colorful celebrations, happy offices and a thousand stray dogs that find a home

    This has been a busy week for Kiva. From October holidays to our latest launch in San Jose, California, there are many things to celebrate. Find a list below of holidays, innovative ideas and commemorable actions that are all worth celebrating.   20 photos of Mexico's breathtaking Day of the Dead festival How offices are innovating to improve our happiness, productivity and well being…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  7. Kiva Blog Update

    Intern insights: A first look

    Kiva loves to celebrate its interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. As we pass the mark of the mid-internship point, we sat down with a few of them to hear about their work and how their time at Kiva has impacted them thus far. Read below to hear why Kiva interns are working to become the next generation of social innovators. Cody - Direct to Social Enterprise Team…

    Posted by Mona Lee

  8. Kiva Blog Update

    More than just money: 6 easy ways to help small businesses succeed

    When a Venture Capital firm invests in a startup business, they don’t just provide money – they also provide connections, expertise, guidance and advice. They strengthen the social capital of the entrepreneurs they invest in, as well as their financial capital. And this is also our vision for the Kiva U.S. program – that Kiva’s wonderful lenders, as well as lending $25 or more to the…

    Posted by Jonny Price

  9. Kiva Blog Update

    Links we like: Everyday-ideas transformed

    These are the stories of everyday-ideas transformed. Read about photography as a tool for healing, a musical tradition brought back to life or an artist who uses New York City to discuss the influx of global refugees all in our favorite links of the week, below: Empowering girls rescued from child marriage Volunteering keeps older minds sharp Meet the artist single-handedly…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  10. Kiva Blog Update

    Stoves that cook up jobs, charge cellphones and keep kids healthy

    The solar-powered cookstoves produced and distributed by Kiva partner African Clean Energy are no ordinary cookstoves: they cut fuel consumption, create healthier air in homes and feature a USB outlet to charge cellphones or run LED lamps.   For some families in Lesotho these innovative cookstoves are the only source of power in their homes.    “This particular cookstove is…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  11. Kiva Blog Update

    Links we like: Cars in the operating room, solar powered mosques and a sweeter solution to plastics

    These stories represent the efforts of innovative people to change narratives and re-think the status quo. In doing so, they are able to create solutions like providing power to a town without electricity, reimagining what beauty can look like and so much more. Check out all 5 stories below:   A 4-year mission to present a new vision of beauty Scientists have made biodegradable plastic…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  12. Kiva Blog Update

    Volunteer spotlight: “I believe that everyone deserves the chance to get ahead and improve their circumstances”

    Each day when you visit Kiva’s website there are thousands of loans ready and waiting to be funded, but how do they get there? Money doesn’t grow on trees and neither do translated loans.   Kiva relies on an enormous network of volunteers to help edit and translate loans that come in from our partners in one of Kiva’s 5 key languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian.…

    Posted by Breeana Reynolds

  13. Kiva Blog Update

    Links we like: Beer-brewing monks, speaking in elephant and 7 food markets in less than 2 minutes

    Take a close look around and you can always find something that inspires you and fills life with joy. Read the following stories to see how you can finally live out your childhood dream of speaking in an animal language or read the 50 reasons why others love the world we all share.  Send messages to your friends in "elephant" through a new website, which helps raise awareness for elephant…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  14. Kiva Blog Update

    San Francisco student says Kiva is made for Generation Z

    Yasmin is a guest blogger and local high school student spearheading the creation of a KivaU program on her campus. The KivaU program is Kiva's youth and educational engagement program, which launched in August of 2013 and is currently made up of over 82,000 educators, students and parents who use Kiva as a tool to better understand and impact the world they live in. KivaU is currently present…

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  15. Kiva Blog Update

    Tap into your power for good: Kiva at TEDx

    Earlier this year, Kiva’s Global Engagement Manager, Jessica Hansen, gave a TEDx Talk to a packed house about the power of “we” and connection via technology.    We love this concept so much we asked Jessica to share more about the intersection of human empathy, technology and global change: Q: What do you think keeps a person from believing in their abilities and strengths?…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  16. Kiva Blog Update

    Woman-led beauty brands are too rare – this one is thriving and changing lives in Haiti

    When your beauty brand has fans like Whole Foods and Sephora, you know you’re doing something right. When you’re able to make those beauty products in a socially impactful way, that creates jobs and improves the environment, you’re doing something extraordinary.   For Yve-Car, the CEO and co-founder of successful social enterprise Kreyol Essence, that extraordinary journey all began with…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    Update: Sierra Leone Mudslides and nearby Field Partners

    On August 14, Sierra Leone suffered a devastating natural disaster. Mudslides and flooding occurred within Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, that destroyed a large amount of the city’s homes and infrastructure and took many lives. Various news sources now report that the rain-induced devastation caused between 600 and 1,000 people to lose their lives or become seriously injured.   …

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    Links we like: stories of strength, creativity and shattering stigmas

    Whether it's women gathering to prevent injustices or a man fulfilling a lofty dream, below are stories of how people use their resources and circumstances to create something meaningful. Check out all 5 below: An all-women police force tackles sexual harassment in India Brain injury survivors share self-portraits: "Art helped me tell my story" The sweet-maker teaching Google about…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  19. Kiva Blog Update

    iDE Ghana is tackling unemployment and environmental health with toilets

      A mark of a truly impactful organization is the ability to influence multiple aspects of a community’s well-being with one action. iDE Ghana is aiming to do just that, with an unlikely tool: toilets!   The nonprofit works in the rural regions of northern Ghana to help improve financial access, nutrition, gender equality, resilience to climate change and sanitation.    Kiva…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi

  20. Kiva Blog Update

    Links we like: 9-year-olds at Nasa, trashy popsicles and lumber-filled luxury

    When people have bold ideas, the world notices. Take a look at the stories below to see how people everywhere, from fourth graders to 60-year-old adventurers, are trying to change the world by daring to be bold.  Saving the world from aliens and vice versa: 9-year-old Jack tells NASA he should be their next planetary protection officer Conservation commentary:  3 students make popsicles…

    Posted by Carly Bertolozzi