How technology can solve development challenges

In March 2018, I had the pleasure of attending the ICT4D Conference held in Lusaka, Zambia, which brought together representatives from NGOs, the private sector and academia to discuss how ICT and partnerships are being leveraged to solve different development challenges.

Inviting and endorsing borrowers

Support entrepreneurs in your community by inviting them to Kiva.


In addition to publicly endorsing borrowers on Kiva, you can also privately invite entrepreneurs you think might be a fit for Kiva’s loans. Here’s a step by step guide showing you how to invite and endorse borrowers.

Women as a force for development

Never has the saying, ‘If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a nation,’ resonated more with me. Before starting my fellowship with Kiva, I always wondered why most lenders loan money to women rather than men.

Tsalani Bwino – Goodbye Zambia

When I first arrived in Lusaka, I didn’t know how I would spend 2 months here. “There’s nothing to do in Zambia,” a friend helpfully told me when I asked them for some travel advice. However, upon arrival my calendar quickly filled with things to do and my time in-country has flown by.

Female farmers fight back: One union's efforts

The Specific Union for Farmer Women was founded by Zeinab Almomany in 2007, and today is comprised of 22 local associations, representing about 5,150 individual women farmers across Jordan.

Links We Like: Images of Earth Day

On April 22, the international community celebrated Earth Day. This week’s Links We Like looks back at publications around the world who featured pictures and stories of the planet.

Group loans and social collateral in Rwanda

I am in a shed out the back of a small bank branch near the bustling Kimironko market in Kigali, Rwanda. It is busy, dark and noisy. About 80 people mill around, chatting and making last-minute phone calls to see where missing group members are.

The next coconut oil

The moment we step under the palm thatched roof, it starts to drizzle. “You brought the rain!” jokes Mariluz, the borrower I have come to visit. Her home, in the northeastern corner of Bolivia, is a simple, 2-room set up, with the thatched roof covering the area that fronts it. 

Food security and hunger: Environmental issues on Earth Day and every day

Throughout much of the world, food security and hunger are, in large part, environmental issues. It is crucial to recognize how the climate change is affecting global agriculture, as well as the people who depend on local food production for their livelihoods and to meet nutritional needs.

Bringing clean water to schools and communities through innovative finance

This Earth Day, it's important to remember that about 1 in 10 people on Earth lack access to clean water. Read about some of the work being done by Kiva and its Field Partners to make sanitation and clean water access more equitable.

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