Links we like: The compost crusader, Batman and Kiva's latest news

Enjoy a list of sustainable travel gifts, stories surrounding success and an update of what's new with Kiva as we move into the new year.

Volunteer spotlight: “I like the way we help people help themselves”

This month we celebrate 3 of our incredible volunteers who work in 4 different languages - Audhild, Brigette and Kristin.

Where hammocks come from

Hammocks are as much of a Salvadorian staple as the pupusa, and they’re woven ubiquitously throughout the culture.

Reaching financially excluded populations: How interest rates play a role

One fellow's experience into the unseen costs of administering microloans.

How to allow yourself to take a vacation as a business owner

Being your own boss is an attractive notion, and for those who turn that notion into a reality, it can be rewarding.

Ernestina is a skilled carver making a name for herself in a male-dominated craft

Ernestina, an artisan in Ghana, is dressed to the nines for company but doesn’t hesitate for a moment to climb into her carving workshop and show us how it’s done.

Light up a life: A family fishing business making college dreams a reality

Flordelisa is a fisherwoman living in the Philippines. Ignited by the desire to send her children to college, she searched for a way to provide access to a good education. 

7 travel blogs we love (and you should follow!)

Lending on Kiva is of course one of the ways we maintain that connection, and so is living vicariously through travel writers.

As Puerto Rico recovers from Hurricane Maria, small business loans can play important role

In San Juan, Puerto Rico, a Kiva borrower named Matilsha is fighting for her livelihood in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

How a toilet brought together 4 people on 3 continents with a special connection

On June 22, 2017, Kiva’s community of lenders hit $1 billion in loans to over 2 million borrowers, crisscrossing the world with connections of care and support.

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