Blog posts tagged with kiva

Apr 4, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
In honor of volunteer week, we’re talking to some of our current interns about their journey to Kiva. Our amazing volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have exciting visions of what they hope to accomplish during their time at Kiva. 
 
Interested in Kiva’s intern program? Find more information and apply here!
 

Aparna Ananthan - Strategic Initiatives Intern
 
... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
In honor of volunteer week, we’re talking to some of our current interns about their journey to Kiva. Our amazing volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have exciting visions of what they hope to accomplish during their time at Kiva.
Interested in Kiva’s intern program? Find more information and apply here!



Shreye Saxena - Strategic Initiatives Intern
 
Why Kiva? 
I learned about Kiva when I was an undergrad, and I...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva is proud to work with many organizations who are Fair Trade certified. In the first part of our Fair Trade series, we’re highlighting Kiva Field Partner, Dr. Bronner’s, and their program, Serendipalm!
 
Not only does Dr. Bronner’s make the soap in your bathroom, they also empower the farmers who provide the essential oils for their body products. Dr. Bronner’s is a Fair Trade Certified company, which means they value high economic and environmental standards throughout their supply chain. Kiva works with Serendipalm, a branch of Dr....
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Written by: Kathleen Bennett, Kiva Portfolio Manager, South America & Guatemala
 
At Kiva, our mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, and this mission extends beyond just financial poverty. We aim to help increase access to basic services as well, from clean water and sanitation, to getting sustainable energy in homes. Green loans on Kiva help borrowers switch to environmentally friendly products that reduce pollution, promote sustainable practices and help families...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
We’re constantly learning about the wonderful flora and fauna that co-exist on this earth, and each discovery has an interesting tale (or tail)! Here are six great stories from around the web:
 
Fighting fire with fire: Why this scientist is releasing thousands of mosquitoes to reduce mosquito populations
 

Your head will swim: This fish fights its predators with a pleasing, dizzying bite
 

Do zombies live in crystals?: The reanimation...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2017 PE Peru
Since the beginning of March, heavy rains in coastal regions of Northern Peru and in the Lima area have caused severe floodings leaving more than 90 people dead, 347 injured and 120,000 more homeless. This natural disaster is a consequence of El Niño, a climatic phenomenon that happens periodically and stems from the Pacific waters warming up and potentially having catastrophic consequences on coastal and mountainous regions of both Peru and Ecuador.

“Huaicos” (Quechua for ravine), a terminology used when landslides and massive floodings occur, have struck La Libertad, Lambayeque... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
When life gives you lemons... make sustainable lemonade! These stories highlight some key players who are using new technology to solve some of nature’s challenges. 
 
The power of solar power: How this island can keep their lights on during a hurricane
 
Food waste: The reason why NASA is investing in the kitchen sink
 
Good vibrations: Why water pumps in Africa are texting to prevent drought effects
 
...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
In honor of World Water Day, we’re celebrating a fantastic Field Partner who provides access to clean water, Nazava Water Filters! 
 
In Indonesia, communities are unable to have a reliable and affordable source for their drinking water. This makes it difficult for families to stay healthy. Nazava Water Filters is one excellent social enterprise that aims to provide clean drinking water for all!
 
Nazava water filters are providing safe, clean drinking water to...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Thank you!

For a second year in a row, Kiva had a record-breaking International Women’s Day! This was the biggest day of lending in Kiva's history, beating our second largest day by 23%! In just one week, more than seven thousand lenders and supporters doubled our goal in loans to women, with $3.5 million in loans on March 8th alone. As a result, the Kiva community fully funded 7,486 female loans!



You helped women like Haydee, in...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Holi, also known as the festival of colors, is a Hindu holiday signaling the start of spring. Following tradition, Holi is the time to celebrate the good in life and bridge the social gap in our communities.
 
Holi celebrations occur all over the world, in places like Bali, where there is a predominant Hindu community. For Balinese families that can afford it, it’s a tremendous honor to build a formal place of worship. One such Kiva borrower, named Buana, was able to use the success of his Kiva loan to support his family and build a...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Around the world, upstanding citizens are working to help combat their region-specific problems. From saving endangered species to finding a more efficient way to deal with old furniture, these innovators will bring a smile to your face. 
Camions of Care: This teen-started initiative provides period products to those in need

Saving the turtles: How one man helped protect a 3,000 acre nature reserve
 


Drip drip: New irrigation systems enable a farming community to...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2017 KE Kenya
This story is part of Kiva’s International Women’s Day Campaign. Through March 8th, we’ll be sharing inspiring stories of women borrowers. You can back a woman entrepreneur today by visiting kiva.org/lend/international-womens-day.



Vava, founder of the Kenyan social enterprise Vava Coffee, is taking the coffee industry by storm. Upon learning that coffee farmers in Kenya earn less than 35% of the international market value on their high-quality coffee because of their lack of access to better markets and limited knowledge of the quality of their product, she... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2017 US United States

This story is part of Kiva’s International Women’s Day Campaign. Through March 8th, we’ll be sharing inspiring stories of women borrowers. You can back a woman entrepreneur today by visiting kiva.org/lend/international-womens-day.

A new concept in agriculture is coming to life on rooftops in cities across America.  With city land at ground-level often over-priced or simply... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Photo: Talia M. at ages 6 and 22 with a woman who inspires her, her mother


This is a guest blog by Talia M., a lender and founding member of Kiva's Junior Leadership Council, in honor of International Women’s Day. 

My life has been relatively free of roadblocks. I grew up in a wealthy and highly educated suburb in the United States, in a family of five—with two happily married parents who were able to support us in most everything we wanted to do. I had after-school activities,... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 MX Mexico

Photo by: Catherine Cocke

For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders were extended the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. This past week, these 7 lenders visited 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It was a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close.

This post is the second of a 4 part series, which came to us during the... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 US United States


As we approach Valentine’s Day, it’s important to take a moment to think about all the industrious small business owners who make these love-filled holidays happen for everyone. Everything from a box of chocolates to a bottle of wine to candles softly lit on the table may have come from a small local business owner, working hard to get you all you need to show the love this February.

Vanessa of San Francisco’s Polk Street Florist is a shining example of this. A beloved staple of her community, she takes incredible joy in sharing her passion for flowers with her... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 MX Mexico
(photo credit: Catherine Cocke)


For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders are getting the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. This week, these 7 lenders will be visiting 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It’s a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close.

This post is the first of a 4 part series, which comes in anticipation of...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

The Kiva community lost a beloved and influential leader last month. Nicknamed Captain Tony, he was a Review and Translation volunteer, The Mindful Bunch lending team co-captain and lender since 2009. Even with the sadness of his passing in New York in January, his friends and teammates at Kiva are hopeful and confident that his spirit and impact will live on for many years to come. 

Although many of us never got the chance to meet Tony in person, his thoughtfulness and passion for helping others...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 RW Rwanda


This week, read about inspiring entrepreneur and Kiva borrower Jean Bosco from Rwanda. Disheartened by the destruction of the environment caused by the use of traditional wood-burning stoves, he developed his own biofuel prototype that caught the attention of many influential people - including former President Obama. Bosco is providing a cheaper, cleaner, more efficient way to cook in his town, and is cleaning up Rwandan waste in the process. Read more about Bosco's story, and how a Kiva loan helped him on his journey, on Kiva's Medium Page.
Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Our 32nd fellows class was in the house this past week at Kiva’s San Francisco headquarters, further strengthening our vibrant community! They bonded as a team as they learned about Kiva's overall strategy, our amazing Field Partners, our core operations, and many other interesting topics that prepared them to carry our mission to the field. Hailing from Mali to Moldova, from Canada to China, from Brazil to Zimbabwe and Swaziland - this incredibly diverse and...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Tons of inspiring stories circulate around the internet every day, and we’ve come across some that are no doubt worth sharing. From meatless burgers that even carnivores can enjoy to drones delivering vaccines to endangered ferrets, here are five links we love that we hope you do too:


... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

This month, we’re happy to celebrate our partnership with an organization working to save the planet and all of its inhabitants: Wildlife Conservation Society...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
This year, Kiva supported hundreds of thousands of borrowers all around the world who have inspiring stories to tell. Here, we’ve highlighted some of the most memorable loans shared with us by our lenders and staff members, who felt especially inspired by these entrepreneurs and the work that they are doing:

...
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


This month, we’re celebrating our partnership with an organization working to make the world a cleaner and more sustainable place to live: Emerging Cooking Solutions... Continue Reading >>

Pages

Blog posts tagged with kiva

Apr 4, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
In honor of volunteer week, we’re talking to some of our current interns about their journey to Kiva. Our amazing volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have exciting visions of what they hope to accomplish during their time at Kiva. 
 
Interested in Kiva’s intern program? Find more information and apply here!
 

Aparna Ananthan - Strategic Initiatives Intern
 
... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
In honor of volunteer week, we’re talking to some of our current interns about their journey to Kiva. Our amazing volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have exciting visions of what they hope to accomplish during their time at Kiva.
Interested in Kiva’s intern program? Find more information and apply here!



Shreye Saxena - Strategic Initiatives Intern
 
Why Kiva? 
I learned about Kiva when I was an undergrad, and I...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva is proud to work with many organizations who are Fair Trade certified. In the first part of our Fair Trade series, we’re highlighting Kiva Field Partner, Dr. Bronner’s, and their program, Serendipalm!
 
Not only does Dr. Bronner’s make the soap in your bathroom, they also empower the farmers who provide the essential oils for their body products. Dr. Bronner’s is a Fair Trade Certified company, which means they value high economic and environmental standards throughout their supply chain. Kiva works with Serendipalm, a branch of Dr....
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
By Kayla Grueneich
Written by: Kathleen Bennett, Kiva Portfolio Manager, South America & Guatemala
 
At Kiva, our mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, and this mission extends beyond just financial poverty. We aim to help increase access to basic services as well, from clean water and sanitation, to getting sustainable energy in homes. Green loans on Kiva help borrowers switch to environmentally friendly products that reduce pollution, promote sustainable practices and help families...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
We’re constantly learning about the wonderful flora and fauna that co-exist on this earth, and each discovery has an interesting tale (or tail)! Here are six great stories from around the web:
 
Fighting fire with fire: Why this scientist is releasing thousands of mosquitoes to reduce mosquito populations
 

Your head will swim: This fish fights its predators with a pleasing, dizzying bite
 

Do zombies live in crystals?: The reanimation...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2017 PE Peru
Since the beginning of March, heavy rains in coastal regions of Northern Peru and in the Lima area have caused severe floodings leaving more than 90 people dead, 347 injured and 120,000 more homeless. This natural disaster is a consequence of El Niño, a climatic phenomenon that happens periodically and stems from the Pacific waters warming up and potentially having catastrophic consequences on coastal and mountainous regions of both Peru and Ecuador.

“Huaicos” (Quechua for ravine), a terminology used when landslides and massive floodings occur, have struck La Libertad, Lambayeque... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
When life gives you lemons... make sustainable lemonade! These stories highlight some key players who are using new technology to solve some of nature’s challenges. 
 
The power of solar power: How this island can keep their lights on during a hurricane
 
Food waste: The reason why NASA is investing in the kitchen sink
 
Good vibrations: Why water pumps in Africa are texting to prevent drought effects
 
...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
By Kayla Grueneich
In honor of World Water Day, we’re celebrating a fantastic Field Partner who provides access to clean water, Nazava Water Filters! 
 
In Indonesia, communities are unable to have a reliable and affordable source for their drinking water. This makes it difficult for families to stay healthy. Nazava Water Filters is one excellent social enterprise that aims to provide clean drinking water for all!
 
Nazava water filters are providing safe, clean drinking water to...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
By Kayla Grueneich
Thank you!

For a second year in a row, Kiva had a record-breaking International Women’s Day! This was the biggest day of lending in Kiva's history, beating our second largest day by 23%! In just one week, more than seven thousand lenders and supporters doubled our goal in loans to women, with $3.5 million in loans on March 8th alone. As a result, the Kiva community fully funded 7,486 female loans!



You helped women like Haydee, in...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Holi, also known as the festival of colors, is a Hindu holiday signaling the start of spring. Following tradition, Holi is the time to celebrate the good in life and bridge the social gap in our communities.
 
Holi celebrations occur all over the world, in places like Bali, where there is a predominant Hindu community. For Balinese families that can afford it, it’s a tremendous honor to build a formal place of worship. One such Kiva borrower, named Buana, was able to use the success of his Kiva loan to support his family and build a...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Around the world, upstanding citizens are working to help combat their region-specific problems. From saving endangered species to finding a more efficient way to deal with old furniture, these innovators will bring a smile to your face. 
Camions of Care: This teen-started initiative provides period products to those in need

Saving the turtles: How one man helped protect a 3,000 acre nature reserve
 


Drip drip: New irrigation systems enable a farming community to...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2017 KE Kenya
This story is part of Kiva’s International Women’s Day Campaign. Through March 8th, we’ll be sharing inspiring stories of women borrowers. You can back a woman entrepreneur today by visiting kiva.org/lend/international-womens-day.



Vava, founder of the Kenyan social enterprise Vava Coffee, is taking the coffee industry by storm. Upon learning that coffee farmers in Kenya earn less than 35% of the international market value on their high-quality coffee because of their lack of access to better markets and limited knowledge of the quality of their product, she... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2017 US United States

This story is part of Kiva’s International Women’s Day Campaign. Through March 8th, we’ll be sharing inspiring stories of women borrowers. You can back a woman entrepreneur today by visiting kiva.org/lend/international-womens-day.

A new concept in agriculture is coming to life on rooftops in cities across America.  With city land at ground-level often over-priced or simply... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Photo: Talia M. at ages 6 and 22 with a woman who inspires her, her mother


This is a guest blog by Talia M., a lender and founding member of Kiva's Junior Leadership Council, in honor of International Women’s Day. 

My life has been relatively free of roadblocks. I grew up in a wealthy and highly educated suburb in the United States, in a family of five—with two happily married parents who were able to support us in most everything we wanted to do. I had after-school activities,... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 MX Mexico

Photo by: Catherine Cocke

For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders were extended the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. This past week, these 7 lenders visited 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It was a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close.

This post is the second of a 4 part series, which came to us during the... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 US United States


As we approach Valentine’s Day, it’s important to take a moment to think about all the industrious small business owners who make these love-filled holidays happen for everyone. Everything from a box of chocolates to a bottle of wine to candles softly lit on the table may have come from a small local business owner, working hard to get you all you need to show the love this February.

Vanessa of San Francisco’s Polk Street Florist is a shining example of this. A beloved staple of her community, she takes incredible joy in sharing her passion for flowers with her... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 MX Mexico
(photo credit: Catherine Cocke)


For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders are getting the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. This week, these 7 lenders will be visiting 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It’s a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close.

This post is the first of a 4 part series, which comes in anticipation of...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
By Taylor Whitfield

The Kiva community lost a beloved and influential leader last month. Nicknamed Captain Tony, he was a Review and Translation volunteer, The Mindful Bunch lending team co-captain and lender since 2009. Even with the sadness of his passing in New York in January, his friends and teammates at Kiva are hopeful and confident that his spirit and impact will live on for many years to come. 

Although many of us never got the chance to meet Tony in person, his thoughtfulness and passion for helping others...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 RW Rwanda


This week, read about inspiring entrepreneur and Kiva borrower Jean Bosco from Rwanda. Disheartened by the destruction of the environment caused by the use of traditional wood-burning stoves, he developed his own biofuel prototype that caught the attention of many influential people - including former President Obama. Bosco is providing a cheaper, cleaner, more efficient way to cook in his town, and is cleaning up Rwandan waste in the process. Read more about Bosco's story, and how a Kiva loan helped him on his journey, on Kiva's Medium Page.
Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
By Maria Oliveira-Tamellini

Our 32nd fellows class was in the house this past week at Kiva’s San Francisco headquarters, further strengthening our vibrant community! They bonded as a team as they learned about Kiva's overall strategy, our amazing Field Partners, our core operations, and many other interesting topics that prepared them to carry our mission to the field. Hailing from Mali to Moldova, from Canada to China, from Brazil to Zimbabwe and Swaziland - this incredibly diverse and...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Tons of inspiring stories circulate around the internet every day, and we’ve come across some that are no doubt worth sharing. From meatless burgers that even carnivores can enjoy to drones delivering vaccines to endangered ferrets, here are five links we love that we hope you do too:


... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

This month, we’re happy to celebrate our partnership with an organization working to save the planet and all of its inhabitants: Wildlife Conservation Society...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
By Talea Miller
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
By Natalie Brown
This year, Kiva supported hundreds of thousands of borrowers all around the world who have inspiring stories to tell. Here, we’ve highlighted some of the most memorable loans shared with us by our lenders and staff members, who felt especially inspired by these entrepreneurs and the work that they are doing:

...
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


This month, we’re celebrating our partnership with an organization working to make the world a cleaner and more sustainable place to live: Emerging Cooking Solutions... Continue Reading >>

Pages