Kiva blog posts

The story of how one woman is working to transform her own life and the lives of girls in her community.

In a rural community near Tecpan, Guatemala, live 9 women with unique businesses, ranging from weaving to agriculture, who joined together to create the lending group Las Girasoles Tecpanecas (the Tecpan Sunflowers).

Just as the demand for organic produce has skyrocketed in recent years, so has the demand for organic beauty products.

Highlights from the Kiva community in 2015

Meerim is pursuing her dream of diplomacy, to introduce her country and everything she loves about it to other nations around the world.

Bali’s many artisans are renowned for their craft, and Kiva’s Field Partner NOVICA is working to help them preserve their culture and share it with new audiences around the world.

“While I was repairing my inner self I was able to at least look better, and that made me…regain my confidence,"

Like many women in India, Mukula was a child bride. Now she runs a weaving business with 2 employees out of the workshop in her home. 

San Francisco’s Tenderloin became Ki’s home, and she worked tirelessly for years in various restaurants. Eventually, she knew it was time to create her own definition.

Pamela is a woman whose smile radiates confidence and joy. After the single mother found out she was HIV positive in 1999, that confidence was tested to the limits

Lourdes was only 18 when she says her world came crashing down around her.