Behind the Scenes… The Trilogy: Training 23 Kiva Agents

Weaving, Women, and Justice in Guatemala

Today in Guatemala's Supreme Court, closing arguments are being delivered in the trial of former head of state, Efraín Ríos Montt on the accusations of genocide and crimes against humanity.

1 MILLION BORROWERS!

That's right. Kiva has officially reached 1 MILLION borrowers with loans around the world!

WAHOO! HOORAY! WAY TO GO! BOOM. [INSERT CELEBRATORY EXCLAMATION HERE!]

Microfinance 101: Guatemala Video Lessons "From the Field to the Classroom" [VIDEOS]

 
 
Last year, I served as a substitute teacher in my hometown of Minnetonka, Minnesota. 

Building the economy within Rwanda's refugee camps

In the 24 years since the genocide, more than 3.4 million Rwandan refugees have returned home, and people are still crossing the border back into Rwanda today. But while the Rwandan government and economy have largely stabilized, those of many neighboring countries have not.

These best friends were bonded by war and exile

Souad helped Samira take out a loan to start a wedding dress rental business that has flourished.

Supporting displaced Colombians through the World Refugee Fund

For the past half-century, Colombia has been in the middle of armed conflict. Waged mostly in rural areas that dot the country’s borders, the war between government forces and armed opposition groups has left thousands dead, and more than 7 million Colombian people displaced from their homes.

In the Syrian Civil War, one minute can change everything

It was a minute that changed everything: Walida and her family were taking cover in their home in Syria to shield themselves from the ongoing bombing and fighting in the streets. In the chaos, they did not realize that one of their sons had stepped outside.

How a determined refugee went from customer to business partner

Life changed drastically for Nour, who now found herself in a much more expensive country where she had to contribute to the income of the family.

In Rwanda, Congolese refugees rebuild

Just off the Gihembe refugee camp’s main street is the community’s first carpenter. His name is Lubingo, and he owns Gisanga Family Carpentry with his wife and sons. 

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