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From Belgium to Philadelphia | Learning about Kiva in the classroom

All around the world, students are using Kiva and its education program, Kiva U, as learning tool to engage with global cultures and invest in others from a young age! In Belgium, the students at the International School of Flounders, Waterloo, are encouraged by their teacher, Nadim Bayeh, to research and fundraise loans. Mr. Bayeh has taught his students to learn in innovative ways and ...

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.

Kiva Blog Update

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Celebrating 10 Years of Impact

The Kiva staff celebrating a decade of impact outside Kiva's headquarters in San Francisco. In October of 2005, Kiva was founded as a nonprofit and an incredible journey began. Ten years later, Kiva has grown into a global force for good and a place where acts of mutual respect, kindness and faith occur every hour of every day. We’ll be celebrating a decade of impact over the next year and h ...

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New York is a City Filled with Dreamers

On December 9, 2015 nearly 1,000 Kiva supporters gathered to celebrate small businesses with the launch of Kiva NYC. The launch event showcased more than 30 local Kiva borrowers and their products, ranging from baked goods to handmade jewelry and prints. At the event, it was announced that Kiva will support the dreams of smalll business owners in the five boroughs of New York City by provid ...

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  1. Kiva Blog Update

    5 Facts to Test your Knowledge of South America

    This is the first post in a geography quiz series that will feature Kiva borrowers, partners and fellows from a specific region. Answers to quiz questions can be found at the bottom of this post. South America is a continent with 12 countries, 385 million people and 6.9 million square miles. Find out some cool facts - and get to know a couple Kiva borrowers along the way!  …

    Posted by Rourke Healey

  2. Kiva Blog Update

    Say hi to our newest Kiva fellows class, KF 29

    Hold onto your hats, Kiva just trained our 29th fellows class last week. Eighteen fellows came to town (San Francisco!) and joined us at our headquarters for a week of intense training before embarking on their assignments. We might be located in the United States but our fellows come from all over the world and this class was no different with 11 nationalities represented amongst them. This…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  3. Kiva Blog Update

    From Belgium to Philadelphia | Learning about Kiva in the classroom

    All around the world, students are using Kiva and its education program, Kiva U, as learning tool to engage with global cultures and invest in others from a young age! In Belgium, the students at the International School of Flounders, Waterloo, are encouraged by their teacher, Nadim Bayeh, to research and fundraise loans. Mr. Bayeh has taught his students to learn in innovative ways…

    Posted by Rourke Healey

  4. Kiva Blog Update

    Links we like: Everybody loves Facebook

    Data head: Half the world's population lives in the yellow, half in the black. Changing places: 1 in every 122 people is a refugee, internally displaced or asylum-seeking. Like magic: This water bottle creates water from thin air. Green news: Turning windmills on their heads might increase energy potential.  Science hits back: That time Neil DeGrasse Tyson…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  5. Kiva Blog Update

    Team captain spotlight: Elias from The Mindful Bunch

    One of the many ways our lenders get involved in Kiva is through our community of lending teams. Lending teams are self-organized groups built around common interests, affiliation, or location, where team members rally to support loans and track their collective impact. Each lending team has team captains who go above and beyond to keep members engaged and ensure the team achieves its…

    Posted by Sheldon Halsted

  6. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva Zip vs. Kickstarter: Where should small businesses rally support?

    Small business owners often ask Jonny Price, Senior Director of Kiva Zip, why they should crowdfund 0% interest loans on Kiva Zip, rather than raising capital on Kickstarter or Indiegogo. To learn how he responds, read more here.

    Posted by Joyce Kim

  7. Kiva Blog Update

    Volunteer Spotlight: 'A small picture into somebody else's existence'

    Each borrower has a different story to tell, and Kiva’s Review and Translation Program (RTP) connects each of them with Kiva volunteers in order to communicate their story to the rest of the world. Volunteers at RTP get to practice their editing and translating skills in 1 of 5 languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian) while helping to bring Kiva borrowers a step closer to…

    Posted by Deena Tailo

  8. 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.

    Posted by Talea Miller

  9. Kiva Blog Update

    Entrepreneur channels traditions and spirit of Haiti into her natural products

    People around the world are becoming increasingly conscious of what they put in their bodies, and on their skin. That’s great news in the eyes of many proponents of holistic, natural living, like Roberte, a Haitian naturopath who started her own skincare business out of her basement in Port-au-Prince. She named her business Belzeb, which means ‘beautiful herbs’ in Creole. Read more about…

    Posted by Deena Tailo

  10. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: Differences that make us stronger

    Green news: New energy plans put Africa on track to be the cleanest content.   Mental exercises: Diversity helps you think better.   Coming to an agreement: A South African negotiating technique is used to get 195 countries to gain consensus.   Winter close-up: Amazingly detailed photos of snowflakes.   Tech today: New app connects sighted people to…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  11. Kiva Blog Update

    A Beautiful Way to ‘ Wear Your Impact ’ this Holiday

    A little over three years ago, Chris Akin and his twin brother Doug founded The Base Project, a New York based social enterprise that creates jobs for artisans in the developing world and reinvests a portion of the profits for the development of community farms, scholarships and health funds in countries like Namibia and Syria. Read more about their story here. 

    Posted by Joyce Kim

  12. Kiva Blog Update

    New York is a City Filled with Dreamers

    On December 9, 2015 nearly 1,000 Kiva supporters gathered to celebrate small businesses with the launch of Kiva NYC. The launch event showcased more than 30 local Kiva borrowers and their products, ranging from baked goods to handmade jewelry and prints. At the event, it was announced that Kiva will support the dreams of smalll business owners in the five boroughs of New York City by…

    Posted by Joyce Kim

  13. Kiva Blog Update

    Life in the Field: Humans of Kiva

    In this vast planet of ours, it can be hard to imagine that each and every one of us has our own story to tell. When a photographer named Brandon began taking picture of people throughout New York, and later all around the world, Humans of New York became an international craze. Every post consists of a photograph, a story, and an inevitable reaction from the observer. Reading about a first hand…

    Posted by Deena Tailo

  14. Kiva Blog Update

    Links We Like: Things are looking up

    Back to school: Camfed teaches women how to be leaders in their communities. Featured story: The Economist takes a look at our field partner EarthSpark. Imagine: What would the world look like with better data? Positive outlook: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are optimistic about philanthropy. State of startups: What the stats have to say on the issue.

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  15. Kiva Blog Update

    High School Senior Builds a Kiva Legacy

    Not many high school students can say they’ve helped 500 loans reach borrowers around the world. But Lindsay Voves, a senior from Ridgefield High School in Connecticut, has done just that by founding and fostering the Kiva lending team Kiva Youth. Lindsay created Kiva Youth in 2013, after she attended the Kiva U Summit in San Francisco to learn about global microfinance. Kiva U is…

    Posted by Rourke Healey

  16. Kiva Blog Update

    Video: A single mom's story of perseverance

    You and 1.3 million other Kiva lenders have helped open doors for people around the world, often at critical moments in their lives. For Lourdes, that support came at a time when she was abandoned by family and had to forge her own path. Her spirit, and your generosity, inspire us. Thank you for being a part of this global community.

    Posted by Talea Miller

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    Innovative Loans Series: Loans to Small Growing Businesses Expand Kiva Lenders' Impact

    This post is the final post of a 3 part series highlighting some of the innovative loans that the Kiva community has helped us test and scale. Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), those with 5 to 250 employees, are responsible for employing over 75% of the developed world’s workforce, but in low-income countries they provide only half of those jobs (about 30%).   SMEs’ are often too…

    Posted by Rourke Healey

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    Special message from Kiva U: Free Kiva Credits for a whole classroom!

    Attention all educators and parents!   Thanks to a generous donation, Kiva is able to give away FREE Kiva Credits for classrooms or clubs to learn about the world through microfinance.   Just send an email to Kiva U with 1 sentence or more, answering this question: How do you (or how will you) use Kiva in your classroom or school club?   We’ll send you as many credits as…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  19. Kiva Blog Update

    Life in the Field: Favorite Pics from Latin America and Kenya

    Not only do Kiva fellows provide support for borrowers and Field Partners all over the world, but the images they capture provide a visual connection for all of us. Over the course of their fellowships thus far, our fellows have submitted some captivating photos and we're excited to share some of them with you. This week, we're highlighting images captured throughout Latin America and Kenya.…

    Posted by Deena Tailo