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 >>


Mar 2, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Photo: Talia M. at ages 6 and 22 with a woman who inspires her, her mother
This is a guest blog by Talia M., a lender and founding member of Kiva's Junior Leadership Council, in honor of International Women’s Day.  My life has been relatively free of roadblocks. I grew up in a wealthy and highly educated suburb in the United States, in a family of five—with two happily married parents who were able to support us in most everything we wanted to do. I had after-school activities, I went to a four-year... Continue Reading >>


Feb 11, 2017 MX Mexico

Photo by: Catherine Cocke
For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders were extended the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. This past week, these 7 lenders visited 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It was a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close. This post is the second of a 4 part series, which came to us during the lender trip. This piece... Continue Reading >>


Feb 10, 2017 US United States

As we approach Valentine’s Day, it’s important to take a moment to think about all the industrious small business owners who make these love-filled holidays happen for everyone. Everything from a box of chocolates to a bottle of wine to candles softly lit on the table may have come from a small local business owner, working hard to get you all you need to show the love this February. Vanessa of San Francisco’s Polk Street Florist is a shining example of this. A beloved staple of her community, she takes incredible joy in sharing her passion for flowers with her customers and helping them... Continue Reading >>


Feb 7, 2017 MX Mexico

(photo credit: Catherine Cocke)
For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders are getting the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. This week, these 7 lenders will be visiting 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It’s a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close. This post is the first of a 4 part series, which comes in anticipation of the lender trip from... Continue Reading >>


Feb 3, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

The Kiva community lost a beloved and influential leader last month. Nicknamed Captain Tony, he was a Review and Translation volunteer, The Mindful Bunch lending team co-captain and lender since 2009. Even with the sadness of his passing in New York in January, his friends and teammates at Kiva are hopeful and confident that his spirit and impact will live on for many years to come.  Although many of us never got the chance to meet Tony in person, his thoughtfulness and passion for helping others shined through...

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Jan 31, 2017 RW Rwanda

This week, read about inspiring entrepreneur and Kiva borrower Jean Bosco from Rwanda. Disheartened by the destruction of the environment caused by the use of traditional wood-burning stoves, he developed his own biofuel prototype that caught the attention of many influential people - including former President Obama. Bosco is providing a cheaper, cleaner, more efficient way to cook in his town, and is cleaning up Rwandan waste in the process. Read more about Bosco's story, and how a Kiva loan helped him on his journey, on Kiva's Medium Page.
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