How water and sanitation loans lead to big outcomes

With over a quarter billion people from different ethnic groups, Indonesia is a dense melting pot and has the largest economy in Southeast Asia. Yet, despite its rapid economic growth, the country also faces enormous challenges.

Microfinance 101: One school shows it's never too early to make a difference

Every year, 5th grade students in Rene deBerardinis’ social entrepreneurship class at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA, learn about microfinance through an experiential class project that results in real loans to real Kiva borrowers.

Building a brighter future in Kenya through youth entrepreneurship

“You can see the self esteem and dignity that they gain,” Shadrack says. Shadrack is a program manager at Hand in Hand Eastern Africa, a Kiva field partner in Kenya. He is describing the impact that Hand in Hand's youth entrepreneurship clubs have on their student participants.

How coffee lovers can help coffee growers

For coffee producing countries, which are primarily in the developing world, profits from coffee export can account for a significant percent of GDP. Colombia is the second most-productive coffee producing country in the world after Brazil, but despite the role coffee plays in the economy, many of the farmers who rely on it for their livelihoods live in poverty. 
 

The best birthday present ever – a custom dress from a Kiva borrower fighting ageism

I had nothing to wear for my birthday, until a Kiva borrower came to my rescue. Her name is Judith, and at 66 years old, she has a lifetime of dressmaking experience.

Sugarcane industry brings Haitians to the Dominican Republic

While the Dominican Republic is famous for Punta Cana and its pristine beaches, its neighbour Haiti is mostly known for being the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

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.

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