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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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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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Women weavers, entrepreneurs find strength in numbers in Guatemala

This is the first 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. In a rural community near Tecpan, Guatemala, live 9 women with unique businesses, ranging from weaving to agriculture, who joined together to create the le ...

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

This is the second 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. Najah, whose name means “Success” in Arabic, comes from a Bedouin background and is now a successful business woman herself. She raises sheep and goat ...

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Two sisters in Cambodia building on each other’s success

This is the third 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. Siem Khut has been farming rice in her rural village in the Kampong Cham province of Cambodia since she was 10 years old. She “feels like an expert now

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

How do you measure a year? In Kiva Love

It’s been an incredible year here at Kiva, thanks to the passion and continued support of lenders like you. The Kiva community backed more than 320,000 borrowers in 83 countries in 2015, and enabled Kiva to add new Field Partners around the world, from Madagascar to Brazil to the Philippines. Check out more Kiva highlights, and beautiful photos, in our 2015 year in review.

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  1. Kiva Blog Update

    Links we Like: Getting green

    Edible solutions: New six-pack rings that feed, not threaten, marine life. Shattered records: Human trafficking survivor brings a world record, and message, to Washington DC. Equal pay: Channeling her inner Claire Underwood helped Robin Wright stand up for her rights. Fighting back: Droves of women are picking up boxing in Jordan & Lebanon.…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    Volunteer Spotlight: “...I feel really connected to those around the world.”

    Kiva relies on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and translate loans that come in from our partners in one of the five key Kiva languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian). Each borrower has a different story to tell, and Kiva’s Review and Translation Program (RTP) connects each story with Kiva volunteers in order to communicate to the rest of the world.…

    Posted by Eileen Chatoff

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    Test your geography knowledge | Green World

    This is the fourth post in a geography quiz series to expand your knowledge of the countries where Kiva works. Lend to green entrepreneurs around the world here.  Question 1. Fill in the blank: _______ creates a simple, cyclical system: Worms are added to giant bins of soil, where Domitila, a Kiva borrower from Mexico, also disposes all of her household’s organic waste. The worms break…

    Posted by Crystal Chandy

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    Graduating Kiva: How a $5,000 Kiva loan helped Victor gain financial independence

    This is the final story in our series spotlighting small, independent businesses in the U.S. in celebration of National Small Business week. Show your love for #smallbiz by making a loan on Kiva Zip today and helping us flash fund $150,000 in loans this week! Victor was born in Mexico and immigrated to America 16 years ago to provide a better way of life and future for his family. After…

    Posted by Rachel Getz

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    Honoring entrepreneurial mothers around the world

    On this Mother’s Day, Kiva is celebrating the inspirational stories of entrepreneurial mothers, grandmothers and other guiding women from around the world. While their families, businesses, and geographic locations vary greatly, each story showcases the strength and resilience of these incredible mamas! You can help us honor these women around the world by making a at matched loan to a…

    Posted by Kate Griesemer

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    Unique barbershop recycles hair, builds community from the chair up in Detroit

    This is the second in our series spotlighting small, independent businesses in the U.S. in celebration of National Small Business week. Show your love for #smallbiz by making a loan on Kiva Zip today and helping us flash fund $150,000 in loans this week! Four years ago, Sebastian started working on his dream: opening The Social Club Grooming Company, an environmentally friendly grooming…

    Posted by Theodora Bishop

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    Meet Chancey, Greenville’s banana bread queen

    This is the first in our series spotlighting small, independent businesses in the U.S. in celebration of National Small Business week. Show your love for #smallbiz by making a loan on Kiva Zip today and helping us flash fund $150,000 in loans this week! On just about every Saturday from May through October, you can find Chancey and her husband Dennis at their stall under a banner that…

    Posted by Kate Griesemer

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    'It’s my passion, passion, passion that keeps me in the game'

    April is the Month of Microfinance and the perfect time to share how microfinance has touched our lives. As April comes to a close, we wanted to share with you Nadine’s story and how a Kiva Zip loan helped her start her own business educating families about the importance of nutrition. Read Chef Nadine’s story, written by Innae Park, below: For Nadine, food is more than just sustenance for…

    Posted by Innae Park

  9. Kiva Blog Update

    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 her…

    Posted by Talea Miller

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    Passing on the seed of microfinance

    April is the Month of Microfinance and the perfect time to share how microfinance has touched the lives of our borrowers. This story comes from Kiva fellow Abigail Bates, currently in Colombia working with one of Kiva’s Field Partners, Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo (FMSD). Check out below one of many great stories from our amazing borrowers around the world, told by Abigail Bates: While…

    Posted by Diana Baule

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    Likes we like: Changing the world

    Buzz worthy: 11-year old's lemonade helps save bees.   Closing the information gap: M-Farm shares important market information with farmers to make better decisions.   A great escape: Inky the octopus's quest for freedom.   Hear that?: This is what sound looks like. Change your world: Apply to be a Kiva Fellow!  

    Posted by Aurora Lee

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    Cool New Partners: Providing serious opportunities all over the world

    This month the Kiva community was joined by amazing organizations doing good around the world. All these organizations empower individuals and give them the opportunities to improve their lives and of those around them. From empowering smallholder farmers with access to markets and providing jobs and higher education to low income youths to creating a network of successful women to mentor…

    Posted by Diana Baule

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    Test your geography knowledge | Oceania

    This is the third post in a geography quiz series to expand your knowledge of the countries where Kiva works. Lend to Oceanian entrepreneurs here.  1. What kind of tree is used to make an ‘ie tōga’, the finely woven mat with the highest cultural value in the Sāmoa islands and made only by women? a. Eucalyptus tree b. Pandanus tree c. Indian date palm tree d. Coconut tree Additional…

    Posted by Crystal Chandy

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    Sharing voices of microfinance, in honor of Month of Microfinance

    April is the Month of Microfinance and the perfect time to share how microfinance has touched our lives. This story comes from Gordon Thompson, one of Kiva’s amazing fellows who work in the field and play an integral role in facilitating partnerships between Kiva and our Field Partners. In many ways they are a bridge connecting lenders and borrowers around the world. From traveling woes to…

    Posted by Isaac Giron

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    Links we like: Everyday innovation

    Eat up: Edible eating utensils make meals 0% waste. Simple math: If 100 people lived on Earth.   What's next?: Is microfinance the next step in financial inclusion?     Say what?: How different languages impact your world view. Fluffy news: This Border Collie is a work horse.      

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  16. Kiva Blog Update

    Cool New Partners: Helping small communities in Thailand and Indonesia

    We have welcomed some great partners in the past month on Kiva. They strive to increase organic production of eggs and share the benefits of responsible tourism with small communities in Thailand, and expand access to market for Indonesian smallholder farmers. Learn more about the changes these organizations are bringing about for these local families! Hilltribe Organics, Thailand…

    Posted by Diana Baule

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    World Water Day 2016: Partnering with rural communities increases access to safe water

    If you believe everyone should have access to clean drinking water, help Kiva and its partners like Evidence Action and People’s Forum by lending here! About 1 in 10 people on the planet (that’s 663 million) have no access to clean water, according to World Health Organization and UNICEF. Kiva has been working to support its partners, such as Evidence Action and People’s Forum, to provide…

    Posted by Crystal Chandy

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    Small businesses take center stage with Mayor Schaaf at Kiva Oakland launch

    “Talk about feeling powerful– we can be the bank of our community because we love this community, we understand it and we’re going to invest in our neighbors." -Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, at the Kiva Oakland launch   On March 16, more than 800 people gathered at the Oakland Museum of California to celebrate small businesses and the launch of Kiva Oakland. The event showcased 35 local…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  19. Kiva Blog Update

    Meet Shawn, making life in Oakland sweeter — one dessert at a time

    Support Shawn and other small business owners in Oakland, as Oakland becomes an official Kiva city on March 16, 2016. By lending as little as $25 to local small businesses you take an active role in choosing the shape of Oakland's future, strengthening our community and creating jobs. After working as a successful account manager in the office furniture industry, Shawn decided he needed to…

    Posted by Crystal Chandy

  20. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva Oakland launches to support the small, local business owners who make Oakland unique

    We are so proud to announce the launch of Kiva Oakland, in partnership with Oakland’s Mayor Libby Schaaf, to bring 0% interest crowdfunded loans to hundreds of Oakland small business owners. Kiva Oakland supports businesses that are socially impactful and financially excluded from mainstream lending options. “This initiative is a virtuous circle of opportunity for Oakland where the return on…

    Posted by Jason Riggs