Kiva blog posts

After fleeing war across 8 countries, a tailor pursues his dream

For Kone, a designer and tailor, achieving his dream of owning his own business in Nairobi has been a long journey, both mentally and physically.

Graduating Kiva: How a $5,000 Kiva loan helped Victor gain financial independence

“For me, this is the American Dream.”

Unique barbershop recycles hair, builds community from the chair up in Detroit

Four years ago, Sebastian started working on his dream: opening The Social Club Grooming Company, an environmentally friendly grooming salon in Detroit.

Meet Chancey, Greenville’s banana bread queen

On just about every Saturday from May through October, you can find Chancey and her husband Dennis at their stall under a banner that reads ‘Banana Manna’ in the Greenville, South Carolina farmer’s market.

Meet Shawn, making life in Oakland sweeter — one dessert at a time

After working as a successful account manager in the office furniture industry, Shawn decided he needed to do something that truly “fed his soul.”

Growing a business and caring for a family, from a refugee camp

Najah, whose name means “Success” in Arabic, comes from a Bedouin background and is now a successful business woman herself.

She’s 22, from rural Zimbabwe, and a mogul in the making

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

Women weavers, entrepreneurs find strength in numbers in Guatemala

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).

Entrepreneur channels traditions and spirit of Haiti into her natural products

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

How do you measure a year? In Kiva Love

Highlights from the Kiva community in 2015


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