Apr 19, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
By Kayla Grueneich [field_fellow_contributors]

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...
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Apr 16, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
By Kayla Grueneich [field_fellow_contributors]

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 of 50,000 year old...
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Mar 28, 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, Tumbes,... Continue Reading >>

Mar 26, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
By Kayla Grueneich [field_fellow_contributors]

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  
Sweet success...
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Mar 21, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
By Kayla Grueneich [field_fellow_contributors]

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...
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Mar 13, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
By Kayla Grueneich [field_fellow_contributors]

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 Nicaragua, purchase a...
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Mar 11, 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 temple. But...
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Mar 10, 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 fight the drought in...
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Mar 5, 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 set out to shake things... 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 >>