Kiva blog posts

On “Inspired Money,” Jessica notes that when we think about the power of money, it’s easily associated with greed and corruption. However, the power of money can also be harnessed to empower others. The task of alleviating poverty is, of course, a challenging one.

In the past nine months, RTP volunteers have reviewed 168,816 loans, averaging over 18,750 loans per month. They enjoy being involved in the process from reviewing the original loans to seeing them fundraise on Kiva!

These days, we are often bombarded about how technology harms more than help. Here are 5 links that we love, to remind us that technological innovation can be a good thing.

During KLIC, Kiva held workshops on a variety of topics including human-centered design, Kiva’s portfolio of lenders, the organization’s evolving technologies, and the challenges faced by Field Partners as they attempted to scale impact.  

At the age of 6, Rebecca was already intent on making the world a better place. She founded the lending team Westfield Youth for Kiva while still in elementary school.

Janice, from Minnesota, has a passion for service and getting others jazzed about doing good. As the captain and founder of the Kiva lending team Women United, she successfully invited over 100 friends and family to lend with her on Kiva.

When we work together we can make monumental change, and Kiva lending teams are proof of this every day.

Every year, 5th grade students in Rene deBerardinis’ social entrepreneurship class at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA, learn about microfinance through an experiential class project that results in real loans to real Kiva borrowers.

For coffee producing countries, which are primarily in the developing world, profits from coffee export can account for a significant percent of GDP. Colombia is the second most-productive coffee producing country in the world after Brazil, but despite the role coffee plays in the economy, many of the farmers who rely on it for their livelihoods live in poverty. 
 

For the past half-century, Colombia has been in the middle of armed conflict. Waged mostly in rural areas that dot the country’s borders, the war between government forces and armed opposition groups has left thousands dead, and more than 7 million Colombian people displaced from their homes.

It was a minute that changed everything: Walida and her family were taking cover in their home in Syria to shield themselves from the ongoing bombing and fighting in the streets. In the chaos, they did not realize that one of their sons had stepped outside.

Life changed drastically for Nour, who now found herself in a much more expensive country where she had to contribute to the income of the family.