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Building the economy within Rwanda's refugee camps

In the 24 years since the genocide, more than 3.4 million Rwandan refugees have returned home, and people are still crossing the border back into Rwanda today. But while the Rwandan government and economy have largely stabilized, those of many neighboring countries have not.

These best friends were bonded by war and exile

Souad helped Samira take out a loan to start a wedding dress rental business that has flourished.

Supporting displaced Colombians through the World Refugee Fund

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.

In the Syrian Civil War, one minute can change everything

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.

How a determined refugee went from customer to business partner

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.

In Rwanda, Congolese refugees rebuild

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. 

A Syrian refugee and Lebanese local created a thriving business

Samah and Ahlam are successful business partners who have more than tripled their monthly income since starting a clothes resale venture together. 

Links We Like: Breaking bread with a Kiva borrower

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.

Are coconuts the key to development along Colombia's coast?

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.

How technology can solve development challenges

In March 2018, I had the pleasure of attending the ICT4D Conference held in Lusaka, Zambia, which brought together representatives from NGOs, the private sector and academia to discuss how ICT and partnerships are being leveraged to solve different development challenges.

Women as a force for development

Never has the saying, ‘If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a nation,’ resonated more with me. Before starting my fellowship with Kiva, I always wondered why most lenders loan money to women rather than men.

Tsalani Bwino – Goodbye Zambia

When I first arrived in Lusaka, I didn’t know how I would spend 2 months here. “There’s nothing to do in Zambia,” a friend helpfully told me when I asked them for some travel advice. However, upon arrival my calendar quickly filled with things to do and my time in-country has flown by.