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.
 
About 40% of small businesses won’t open their doors again after a natural disaster, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
 

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


We traveled a long way for this moment: more than 7,000 miles, 3 flights, including on a propeller plane, and a 5 hour road trip along winding roads and through palm tree jungles.
 
We took this journey to the Philippines to visit Kiva borrowers and to find 1 special borrower in particular: Lorebel. Finally, we take the short walk through banana trees to her home.
 

Intern insights: A final look

Kiva loves to celebrate its interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. Now past their 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.

Angele - Review and Translation Program (SF)

Kiva welcomes new CEO: Neville Crawley


We are honored and excited to announce Neville Crawley as Kiva’s Chief Executive Officer.

Neville brings nearly 2 decades of experience in global business and technology ventures, most recently as CEO of Quid, a platform that analyzes the world's collective intelligence to help answer strategic questions.

5 essential books for compassionate world-changing innovators

The books below share informative, inspirational and innovative approaches to solving global problems. Whether they help you fill free time over the holidays or are adorned with wrapping paper and a bow for the change-makers in your life, these are great works to add to anyone's collection.  

1. Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day
by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford and Orlanda Ruthven
 

Check out the Kiva holiday gift guide!

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.

Lei Company Cooperative founder aims to reclaim Pacific Islander art form

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.

Links we like: Colorful celebrations, happy offices and a thousand stray dogs that find a home

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.  


Intern insights: A first look

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)

More than just money: 6 easy ways to help small businesses succeed



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.

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