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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 Blog Update

    Links we love: See it to believe it

    Tons of inspiring stories circulate around the internet every day, and we’ve come across some that are no doubt worth sharing. From meatless burgers that even carnivores can enjoy to drones delivering vaccines to endangered ferrets, here are five links we love that we hope you do too: Financial inclusion through your lens: striking images from the CGAP Photo Contest Impossible Burger:…

    Posted by Natalie Brown

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    A fantastic field partner: saving wildlife, wild places and local communities worldwide

    This month, we’re happy to celebrate our partnership with an organization working to save the planet and all of its inhabitants: Wildlife Conservation Society. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a U.S.-based NGO that works hard to save wildlife and biodiverse spaces worldwide through science, conservation action, education and inspiring people to value nature. WCS’s goal is to…

    Posted by Natalie Brown

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    Moments of hope in 2016

    There’s no way to sugarcoat it: 2016 has been an emotionally exhausting and, at times, devastating year. With violence and conflict constantly making headlines, the passing of several artistic legends and a bitter, divisive election in the U.S., the countdown to 2017 seemed to kickoff midsummer. But 2016 was also full of hopeful, small acts of kindness between families, neighbors and…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  4. Kiva Blog Update

    Loans that Inspired

    This year, Kiva supported hundreds of thousands of borrowers all around the world who have inspiring stories to tell. Here, we’ve highlighted some of the most memorable loans shared with us by our lenders and staff members, who felt especially inspired by these entrepreneurs and the work that they are doing: Sajjida, 31, is a married woman in Pakistan who decided to dedicate her life to helping…

    Posted by Natalie Brown

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    A+ Team - One million loans and counting

    Lending teams are a vital part of Kiva's thriving community. Last month, one of our most active lending teams hit a milestone no other had: one million loans made. We invited one of their co-captains, Chris Allen, to tell us about what this achievement means to his team.   What are the odds that a group of Atheists and other non-believers in God would ever make one million no-interest…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    Volunteer Spotlight: “I feel rewarded to be able to do whatever my small part can be in helping people improve their lives.”

    Every day, Kiva’s work is made possible by nearly 400 Review and Translation Program volunteers who graciously donate their time and skills to to translate loans from Kiva’s five key languages: English, Spanish, French, Russian, and Portuguese. Thanks to our volunteers, lenders and borrowers around the world are able to connect through Kiva and help each other build better lives together. …

    Posted by Emma Jonsson

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    Giving thanks for new friends, eye-opening experiences and connecting across cultures

    Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and working for an organization like Kiva provides a unique opportunity to reflect on gratitude. We asked our current fellows class, KF31, who have been in the field for about 3 months now, what they are more appreciative of now that they’ve been experiencing life in a new country. Here are their responses: Lisa Demarco, Vietnam: I'm extremely…

    Posted by Natalie Brown

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    What we're thankful for

    We at Kiva have a lot to be thankful for this year – but most of all, we want to thank you for all you do to make spirits bright around the world every day.   Thank you for creating opportunity for entrepreneurs who might not otherwise be able to pursue their dreams and improve their lives. Thank you for keeping our organization running each day with your donations. And thank you for…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    Volunteering with Kiva – Anytime, Anywhere

    Dear Reader:   Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help Kiva edit and translate the equivalent of three novels of War and Peace into English in the next 30 days. And you’re in luck! Most of the chapters will already be in English, but the grammar needs to be cleaned up. A fair few will be in Spanish. And a smattering of chapters throughout will be in French, Russian, and…

    Posted by Apryl Gibson

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    An update on our partners in Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew

    On October 4, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti and eastern Cuba as a Category 4 storm, causing massive destruction and severe damage to much of the region. Relief agencies are racing to deliver supplies across the island, but an estimated 900 people have tragically lost their lives and there is now a high risk of a cholera outbreak due to contaminated water sources. We reached out…

    Posted by Natalie Brown

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    Made in Oakland: Helping small businesses thrive

    Last week, Kiva celebrated local businesses in the city of Oakland with its first-ever Made in Oakland event. Located in the beautiful outdoor space in front of City Hall, 45 local entrepreneurs showed off their unique businesses, selling everything from vegan cupcakes to repurposed footwear and filling the air with good music, good aromas, and good vibes. Read more of this story on Kiva's…

    Posted by Natalie Brown

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    Kiva and The MasterCard Foundation launch $7.9 million partnership for high-impact loans to African farmers

    Kiva and The MasterCard Foundation are kicking off a 5-year, $7.9 million partnership to test, develop and scale high-impact loans serving the unique needs of smallholder farmers and rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa. The MasterCard Foundation is supporting the project to push the boundaries of microcredit, furthering the foundation’s commitment to financial inclusion strategies with…

    Posted by Jason Riggs

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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

  15. Kiva Blog Update

    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

  16. Kiva Blog Update

    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

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    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

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    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