Nov 8, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

We have gift ideas for all the special people on your list! Shop borrower-made artisan goods, Kiva gear and donation sets available from the Kiva Store. Every purchase helps futher Kiva's mission and helps artisan borrowers.  Just click on the "fullscreen" icon in the bottom right of the guide to see a more detailed view. Continue Reading >>


Nov 7, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Oceania - often pictured as tangerine skies, azure waters and palm trees - has a rich and complicated heritage. 
 
Kiva borrower Tiffany Lacsado, founder and co-owner of Oakland’s The Lei Company Cooperative, Inc, is using her business to honor her Pacific Islander heritage on her own terms. She is a Chamorro-American from Guahan (Guam), and like more than 1 million Pacific Island Americans, she now calls the U.S. mainland her home.
Tiffany Lacsado, Founder and Co-Owner of...
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Nov 3, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

This has been a busy week for Kiva. From October holidays to our latest launch in San Jose, California, there are many things to celebrate. Find a list below of holidays, innovative ideas and commemorable actions that are all worth celebrating.   20 photos of Mexico's breathtaking Day of the Dead festival
How offices are innovating to improve our happiness, productivity and well being
Transgender women of Indonesia have a champion in a 26-year-old doctor Welcome to the land of a thousand stray dogs
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Oct 31, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva loves to celebrate its interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. As we pass the mark of the mid-internship point, we sat down with a few of them to hear about their work and how their time at Kiva has impacted them thus far. Read below to hear why Kiva interns are working to become the next generation of social innovators. Cody - Direct to Social Enterprise Team (SF)
What led you to Kiva? Two years ago, I was working in banking, and I started having the discussion of where my career was going and what I...
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Oct 26, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

When a venture capital firm invests in a startup business, they don’t just provide money – they also provide connections, expertise, guidance and advice. They strengthen the social capital of the entrepreneurs they invest in, as well as their financial capital. And this is also our vision for the Kiva U.S. program – that Kiva’s wonderful lenders, as well as lending $25 or more to the small business owners they are backing, will also connect in other ways. Just as Mark Zuckerberg (who was a white male who went to Harvard) needed financial capital and also social capital...
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Oct 20, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

These are the stories of everyday-ideas transformed. Read about photography as a tool for healing, a musical tradition brought back to life or an artist who uses New York City to discuss the influx of global refugees all in our favorite links of the week, below: Empowering girls rescued from child marriage Volunteering keeps older minds sharp Meet the artist single-handedly reviving a dying form of music Talk about freshness Must-see locations of Ai Weiwei's expansive 'Good Fences Make Good Neighbors' exhibit
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Oct 19, 2017 LS Lesotho

The solar-powered cookstoves produced and distributed by Kiva partner African Clean Energy are no ordinary cookstoves: they cut fuel consumption, create healthier air in homes and feature a USB outlet to charge cellphones or run LED lamps.
 
For some families in Lesotho these innovative cookstoves are the only source of power in their homes. 
 
“This particular cookstove is brilliant because the USB plugin and solar panel is a HUGE help in initially winning people over,” said Chelsa Bocci, Senior Director of...
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Oct 7, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

These stories represent the efforts of innovative people to change narratives and re-think the status quo. In doing so, they are able to create solutions like providing power to a town without electricity, reimagining what beauty can look like and so much more. Check out all 5 stories below:
 
A 4-year mission to present a new vision of beauty Scientists have made biodegradable plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide Hospital allows kids to drive themselves to the operating room  The mosque that powers a village... Continue Reading >>


Oct 5, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Each day when you visit Kiva’s website there are thousands of loans ready and waiting to be funded, but how do they get there? Money doesn’t grow on trees and neither do translated loans.
 
Kiva relies on an enormous network of volunteers to help edit and translate loans that come in from our partners in one of Kiva’s 5 key languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian. Today, the Kiva Review and Translation Program (RTP) volunteers edit and translate about 17,000 loans each month, and in May 2017 they hit a record of 20,777 loans edited...
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Sep 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Take a close look around and you can always find something that inspires you and fills life with joy. Read the following stories to see how you can finally live out your childhood dream of speaking in an animal language or read the 50 reasons why others love the world we all share.  Send messages to your friends in "elephant" through a new website, which helps raise awareness for elephant conservation Vitually explore food markets in 7 different cities across the world in under 2 minutes  Beer-brewing monks help rebuild a town in Italy  A new AP class aims to increase... Continue Reading >>


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