Apr 25, 2017 GO Global Update

Of Youth, Entrepreneurship and Resilience in Madagascar.
 
  This is a story of one of Kiva’s borrowers, a slice of life in Antananarivo, or Tana as locals call it. Above all, this is a story, or rather a lesson, for all of us, of resilience and determination. This is the journey of Tsilaviniaina, a 21-year-old young man who I met during a field trip with CEFOR, Kiva’s field partner in Tana. Tsilaviniaina's story is the story of many of his age, of too many of them in fact. Hope, grief, joy, responsibilities,... Continue Reading >>


Apr 18, 2017 GT Guatemala

Known to be not only be one of Central America’s most exciting places to celebrate the Easter holidays, but also one of the world’s, Guatemala is home to some of the most elaborate celebrations leading up to Easter Sunday to commemorate the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ. Historically used as a way to explain the story of Jesus, Semana Santa traditions in Guatemala combine the Holy Week processions of Spanish Catholics from the 1500s with an ancient Mayan tradition of creating intricate alfombras (carpets) for kings to walk upon. Naturally, serving as a Kiva... Continue Reading >>


Apr 13, 2017 KE Kenya

One of the great things about Nairobi is the plethora of running groups available. In Monrovia, I was an avid member of the Monrovia House Hash Harriers, but there were few opportunities for more serious running. In Nairobi, there is at least one running group meeting daily. One of my favorites is the Urban Swaras, which meets at 7 am on Saturday mornings, with 5-20 km runs followed by breakfast. Urban Swaras is a pretty cool group. Like the hash, the group meets at pre-determined trails and follows arrows indicating where to go. However, there are not any of the rituals of hash (false... Continue Reading >>


Apr 10, 2017 KE Kenya

Much of the world lacks access to safe water. Worse yet, even in areas where safe drinking water is available, access is often restricted due to a lack of available financing. SMEP, one of Kiva’s field partners in Kenya, offers affordable WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) loans to borrowers looking to purchase water tanks. SMEP’s affordable financing has several major benefits. Since the loans are almost always repaid, the money can be given out to other borrowers after one loan is completed. In addition, the water tanks can store enough water for an entire community, so the... Continue Reading >>


Mar 31, 2017 TJ Tajikistan

Hi Kiva Lenders,  Today I would like to share a story about a group of women whose hard work makes it possible for you to learn about the unique story of each Kiva borrower in Tajikistan. Let me introduce you to Nargiza, Fazilat and Nilufar, the all-star female Kiva team members from MDO Humo and Partners (Humo), one of my microfinance field partners in Tajikistan. 
The all-star female Kiva team members: Fazilat (left), Nilufar (middle) and Nargiza (right) standing in front of Humo's...
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Mar 26, 2017 MZ Mozambique

 

When you follow your heart, you can be anything but wrong. You can go anywhere but distant from yourself.

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The sound is new to me, but it's surely a welcoming one.

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Mar 24, 2017 CM Cameroon

Determination. Adaptability. Patience. Love. These are the key virtues you need when you embark on a journey through coffee and cocoa plantations in Cameroon, ready for an epic and folkloric adventure. Folks, next time that you enjoy your favourite chocolate bar or sip your matinal double expresso, I hope you’ll remember the stories that follow, the story of Joseph, Ella, Beatrice, Simon and many others who, hopefully, you will decide to support after reading this. Despite being the 5th biggest cocoa producer in the world, the...
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Mar 22, 2017 ML Mali

A group of Kiva borrowers
My intellectual curiosity and passion for asking questions is what led me to pursue further studies in Finance; however, my interest in the microfinance sector is also long standing. At Kiva, I could combine both by taking up a fellowship position whereby I will be working with kiva field partners in three francophone African countries including my home country Mali. At the beginning of February, I started my fellowship with RMCR, which is a Malian Microfinance Institution (MFI) providing... Continue Reading >>


Mar 14, 2017 KE Kenya

Sanergy launched its first toilet, the Fresh Life Toilets (FLT) in November 2011.
Fresh life, live fresh... providing good sanitation
From then Sanegry has been working in slum areas of Nairobi, including Kwa Njenga, Mathare, Kwa Reuben, Makadara, Kamukunji, providing sanitation services. During my one month at Sanergy I was eager to understand how Sanergy is living to fulfil its brand name, Fresh life, and how can toilets bring fresh life, worst still in slum areas. With my little knowledge of slum areas in Nairobi, I... Continue Reading >>


Mar 6, 2017 MZ Mozambique

Student crossing the railway as we drive by in search of a borrower's house

In the past 3 weeks I've had the opportunity to visit dozens of Kiva-supported borrowers, funded by hundreds of generous individuals worldwide, thanks to Kiva's local partner Hluvuku-Adsema, in Mozambique, Africa. Each visit was unique on its own and each individual I met could have their own biopic. But, given my filming skills (or the complete lack thereof) I was more interested in hearing their stories and how the loans changed their...

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