Blog posts tagged with microfinance

Aug 8, 2017 GH Ghana

 
A mark of a truly impactful organization is the ability to influence multiple aspects of a community’s well-being with one action. iDE Ghana is aiming to do just that, with an unlikely tool: toilets!
 
The nonprofit works in the rural regions of northern Ghana to help improve financial access, nutrition, gender equality, resilience to climate change and sanitation. 
 
Kiva recently partnered with iDE Ghana to implement the SAMA SAMA toilet project, which  aims to...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

In honor of World Refugee Day on June 20, people across the globe are coming together on Kiva to crowdfund $500,000 in loans for refugees, displaced peoples and their host communities – helping them move beyond emergency aid to regain some stability and build for the future.

The loans are used to help refugees, displaced peoples and host communities start or expand a business, increase incomes and create jobs. They  are currently crowdfunding on Kiva.org/Refugees and will be matched dollar-for-dollar on June 20 through the new Kiva World Refugee Fund.

The... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is on the verge of funding $1 billion in life-changing loans to people around the world. This is the second in a two-part series tracing Kiva’s path from nonprofit startup and crowdfunding pioneer to a global force for good, pushing the boundaries of lending.

Sometimes the problems in the world feel so big, it’s hard to imagine any individual can make a dent. In those moments of paralysis consider this: Kiva lenders collectively crowdfund more than $1 million in loans every 3 days. Those collective dollars translate into real power to do good in the world and... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is on the verge of funding $1 billion in life-changing loans to people around the world. This is the first in a two-part series tracing Kiva’s path from nonprofit startup to nonprofit unicorn pushing the boundaries of lending.

There’s a persistent, toxic myth that people living in poverty don’t want to work, that they don’t dream of and strive for more, and that their lives are to be pitied.

But anyone from these communities, or anyone able to take time to travel and connect, knows nothing could be further from the truth.

The wealthy... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Small businesses usually wait until they’re profitable before they try to do good. But Mamacitas Cafe, a local restaurant in Oakland, Calif., incorporated social responsibility into their DNA from the start. 
 
“The model is really our core mission. The whole reason for starting the business was to create jobs and leadership opportunities for young women in the community,” Shana, one of the co-founders, shared. “That will always be a constant in how we prioritize business decisions.”


 
To build a...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 MX Mexico
This is part 4 of a 4 part series about Kiva's very first Lender Field trip to Mexico City in February 2017. The author, lender Sonia, is an ordained minister in California who is married with three kids. Sonia is an advocate for affordable housing, after school programs and immigrant rights in Los Angeles County, but remains very passionate about stewardship in the global community.

When I discovered Kiva two years ago, I excitedly studied the website and immediately began to participate in microlending all over the world. I began by lending to individuals and groups... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2017 US United States

Kiva US supports thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners in America with microloans ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. With 0% interest and no collateral required, Kiva’s platform offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs in the United States

What could your business do with an extra $10,000? How many improvements could be made? Many entrepreneurs across the country are already taking advantage of Kiva U.S. and here are 7 reasons they decided to ask for a loan. Do any of these cases sound familiar?



1) Invest in...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

From mid-2015 through mid-2016, Kiva’s product, design and engineering teams took on a sizeable, 3-part challenge:
 

-- Merge the functionality and content of a separate, “beta” website – Kiva Zip – into Kiva’s main lending website

...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2017 MX Mexico
For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders were extended the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. Recently, 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 third of a 4 part series, which came to us from the lender trip. This piece was contributed by Michael, who has been lending on Kiva since 2011.

... 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!
 

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 6 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 >>

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Blog posts tagged with microfinance

Aug 8, 2017 GH Ghana

 
A mark of a truly impactful organization is the ability to influence multiple aspects of a community’s well-being with one action. iDE Ghana is aiming to do just that, with an unlikely tool: toilets!
 
The nonprofit works in the rural regions of northern Ghana to help improve financial access, nutrition, gender equality, resilience to climate change and sanitation. 
 
Kiva recently partnered with iDE Ghana to implement the SAMA SAMA toilet project, which  aims to...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

In honor of World Refugee Day on June 20, people across the globe are coming together on Kiva to crowdfund $500,000 in loans for refugees, displaced peoples and their host communities – helping them move beyond emergency aid to regain some stability and build for the future.

The loans are used to help refugees, displaced peoples and host communities start or expand a business, increase incomes and create jobs. They  are currently crowdfunding on Kiva.org/Refugees and will be matched dollar-for-dollar on June 20 through the new Kiva World Refugee Fund.

The... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is on the verge of funding $1 billion in life-changing loans to people around the world. This is the second in a two-part series tracing Kiva’s path from nonprofit startup and crowdfunding pioneer to a global force for good, pushing the boundaries of lending.

Sometimes the problems in the world feel so big, it’s hard to imagine any individual can make a dent. In those moments of paralysis consider this: Kiva lenders collectively crowdfund more than $1 million in loans every 3 days. Those collective dollars translate into real power to do good in the world and... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is on the verge of funding $1 billion in life-changing loans to people around the world. This is the first in a two-part series tracing Kiva’s path from nonprofit startup to nonprofit unicorn pushing the boundaries of lending.

There’s a persistent, toxic myth that people living in poverty don’t want to work, that they don’t dream of and strive for more, and that their lives are to be pitied.

But anyone from these communities, or anyone able to take time to travel and connect, knows nothing could be further from the truth.

The wealthy... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Small businesses usually wait until they’re profitable before they try to do good. But Mamacitas Cafe, a local restaurant in Oakland, Calif., incorporated social responsibility into their DNA from the start. 
 
“The model is really our core mission. The whole reason for starting the business was to create jobs and leadership opportunities for young women in the community,” Shana, one of the co-founders, shared. “That will always be a constant in how we prioritize business decisions.”


 
To build a...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 MX Mexico
This is part 4 of a 4 part series about Kiva's very first Lender Field trip to Mexico City in February 2017. The author, lender Sonia, is an ordained minister in California who is married with three kids. Sonia is an advocate for affordable housing, after school programs and immigrant rights in Los Angeles County, but remains very passionate about stewardship in the global community.

When I discovered Kiva two years ago, I excitedly studied the website and immediately began to participate in microlending all over the world. I began by lending to individuals and groups... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2017 US United States
By Maria Oliveira-Tamellini

Kiva US supports thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners in America with microloans ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. With 0% interest and no collateral required, Kiva’s platform offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs in the United States

What could your business do with an extra $10,000? How many improvements could be made? Many entrepreneurs across the country are already taking advantage of Kiva U.S. and here are 7 reasons they decided to ask for a loan. Do any of these cases sound familiar?



1) Invest in...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

From mid-2015 through mid-2016, Kiva’s product, design and engineering teams took on a sizeable, 3-part challenge:
 

-- Merge the functionality and content of a separate, “beta” website – Kiva Zip – into Kiva’s main lending website

...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2017 MX Mexico
For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders were extended the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. Recently, 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 third of a 4 part series, which came to us from the lender trip. This piece was contributed by Michael, who has been lending on Kiva since 2011.

... 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!
 

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 6 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 >>

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