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. 

Start here!

Confused? We've got you. Check this post out for information on every step of the Kiva loan process, from pre-application to finishing repaying.

A Syrian refugee and Lebanese local created a thriving business

Samah and Ahlam are successful business partners who have more than tripled their monthly income since starting a clothes resale venture together. 

Links We Like: Breaking bread with a Kiva borrower

Since opening her street corner bakery in Oakland, Calif., in late 2017, Reem Assil has been busy. To celebrate the opening of her second restaurant in Oakland's Jack London Square, Dyafa, this week's Links We Like are all about bread.

Mayan women take charge of sustainable tourism

Doña Micaela sits on the floor, knees on a straw mat and a spool of cotton thread whittled in her hand. Behind her is a display of natural dyes, labeled for tourists. “Can I please take a picture of you?” I ask her in Spanish.

Living in the Dominican Republic – Colmados, more than a convenience store.

Upon arriving in the Dominican Republic, you’re bound to encounter one recurring type of shop…a colmado. What is a colmado? Well...it's a bit of everything.

Are coconuts the key to development along Colombia's coast?

Cocotech is taking on underemployment and environmental contamination faced by coconut farmers in Colombia’s Caribbean coastal region. As a small to medium-sized enterprise, it operates in a financial ‘missing middle’ that requires innovative financing from nontraditional sources.

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.

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.

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