Every year, 5th grade students in Rene deBerardinis’ social entrepreneurship class at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA, learn about microfinance through an experiential class project that results in real loans to real Kiva borrowers.
For coffee producing countries, which are primarily in the developing world, profits from coffee export can account for a significant percent of GDP. Colombia is the second most-productive coffee producing country in the world after Brazil, but despite the role coffee plays in the economy, many of the farmers who rely on it for their livelihoods live in poverty.
For the past half-century, Colombia has been in the middle of armed conflict. Waged mostly in rural areas that dot the country’s borders, the war between government forces and armed opposition groups has left thousands dead, and more than 7 million Colombian people displaced from their homes.
It was a minute that changed everything: Walida and her family were taking cover in their home in Syria to shield themselves from the ongoing bombing and fighting in the streets. In the chaos, they did not realize that one of their sons had stepped outside.
Life changed drastically for Nour, who now found herself in a much more expensive country where she had to contribute to the income of the family.
Just off the Gihembe refugee camp’s main street is the community’s first carpenter. His name is Lubingo, and he owns Gisanga Family Carpentry with his wife and sons.
Samah and Ahlam are successful business partners who have more than tripled their monthly income since starting a clothes resale venture together.
Since opening her street corner bakery in Oakland, Calif., in late 2017, Reem Assil has been busy. To celebrate the opening of her second restaurant in Oakland's Jack London Square, Dyafa, this week's Links We Like are all about bread.
Cocotech is taking on underemployment and environmental contamination faced by coconut farmers in Colombia’s Caribbean coastal region. As a small to medium-sized enterprise, it operates in a financial ‘missing middle’ that requires innovative financing from nontraditional sources.
On April 22, the international community celebrated Earth Day. This week’s Links We Like looks back at publications around the world who featured pictures and stories of the planet.
Throughout much of the world, food security and hunger are, in large part, environmental issues. It is crucial to recognize how the climate change is affecting global agriculture, as well as the people who depend on local food production for their livelihoods and to meet nutritional needs.
This Earth Day, it's important to remember that about 1 in 10 people on Earth lack access to clean water. Read about some of the work being done by Kiva and its Field Partners to make sanitation and clean water access more equitable.
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