Stories tagged with Lending

Aug 8, 2013 GO Global Update
Steven McAlpin handing Senator Warner his own personalized walking stick.

Steven McAlpin, founder of Canes for Courage and Kiva Zip borrower, jumped on stage as Josh from United Virginia was giving his speech, and gave Senator Warner one of his hand carved customized walking sticks with the words “Kiva Virginia” and “Senator Warner” engraved. This was one of many exciting moments that occurred at the Kiva City Richmond launch that took place Monday July 29th. Richmond happily became the 7th Kiva City in the U.S... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2013 PE Peru

Harris, EDAPROSPOs Kiva Coordinator. Taking a break for an impromptu photo shoot.


Yes, folks, I present to you, Kiva field partner EDAPROSPOs jack-of-all-trades Kiva Coordinator - HARRIS. (his official title is Asistente de Finanzas y Operaciones, aka Finance and Operations Assistant, for all you non-Spanish speakers reading this correspondence.)

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Jul 7, 2013 BJ Benin, GO Global Update, SN Senegal, TG Togo
I am now a Kiva fellow for almost 7 month in West Francophone Africa and I have lived some great adventures and learnt some fun lessons.
In this blog post, I have decided to share with you some similarity I have encountered in the countries I have been living (Benin, Senegal and Togo).
Hope you will learn some stuff, smile a little and maybe you’ll recognize yourself as a long-time fellow because:

-       At the beginning of your experiences, you’ve thought that “Yovo” or “Touba” was your new first name
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Jul 7, 2013 KH Cambodia
A tree at one of the hundreds of "Killing Fields" in Cambodia, where the Khmer Rouge orchestrated a mass genocide from 1975-1979.

Tragic History
The Khmer Rouge era in Cambodia is still fresh in the collective memory of this country.  Few other places have seen the very fabric of society ripped apart so thoroughly in such a short period of time.  In the wake of the Khmer Rouge and a protracted civil war that lasted until 1993, an... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 UA Ukraine
Chernobyl.
 
That’s probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Ukraine. Either that or the Soviet Union. It’s one of those former Soviet republics the world has forgotten. (Ukraine? That’s part of Russia, right?)
 
History hijacked, present overshadowed, future uncertain.
 
Those are, in a nutshell, the three fundamental reasons that Ukraine needs Kiva. And here are 7 striking examples.
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Jul 7, 2013 US United States

To say that Pittsburgh, Penn. nonprofit Urban Innovation21 is a model trustee is an understatement. Urban Innovation21 has only been a Kiva Zip trustee for four months but has already helped four small businesses get a crowd-funded loan apiece. All of the small businesses, from Tracy's Shear Delight Beauty Salon to Angela's A-1 Business Center, are now on the repayment stage. It's almost too good to believe. How does Urban Innovation21 do it?

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Jul 7, 2013 US United States
When we picture a jungle, we think of a lush green environmentally friendly carbon sequestering ecosystem. While New York City is commonly referred to as the “concrete jungle,” few people know that it has many environmentally friendly attributes such as parks like the Highline and Central Park, and low energy transportation options like the Subway and Citi Bike. In fact, it is more environmentally friendly to live in the Big Apple then it is to live in the suburbs surrounding the city. (Don’t believe me? Check out this article.) And New York’s environmentally... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 NI Nicaragua
For the past three months I’ve had the pleasure of working with an exciting new Kiva partner.  PAC (Association for People in Community Action) is an agriculturally focused economic development organization in Nicaragua.  They specialize in rural productive value chain integration by offering their clients three primary services: loans, technical assistance, and access to markets.
 
PAC's Logo

 
Loans
PAC offers microcredit to meet a variety... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 PE Peru


Imagine instead of dollars you were lending corn cobs, in return you would get ceramic pots or miniatures for your kids, no repayment schedule. Maybe a headache for Kiva and Paypal, or maybe not, since Kiva’s talented people will never cease to surprise us. The challenge is on!

Throughout Andean towns, villages and communities, el trueque does the trick - a system of exchange by which goods are directly traded for other goods without using a medium of exchange, such as money. El... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 CR Costa Rica
Going to bars or clubs before they open is always strange: music is loudly thumping, lights are moving festively across walls and floors and bartenders are standing at the ready with bottles open and kegs tapped. All of this is happening while the bar is completely empty, making it an eerie experience that I typically attempt to avoid. But, I was on a mission this night.

The reason that I arrived at this trendy bar so early was to help with the setting up of an event to raise funds for Café Pendiente, an initiative that began here in Costa Rica one month ago. Caf... Continue Reading >>

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