Blog posts tagged with lending

Feb 2, 2017 MX Mexico

For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders were extended the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. This past week, these 7 lenders visited 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It was a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close.

This post is the second of a 4 part series, which came to us during the lender trip. This piece was contributed by Frances, a retired city employee from Arlington, Texas, who has been...
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Feb 2, 2017 US United States


As we approach Valentine’s Day, it’s important to take a moment to think about all the industrious small business owners who make these love-filled holidays happen for everyone. Everything from a box of chocolates to a bottle of wine to candles softly lit on the table may have come from a small local business owner, working hard to get you all you need to show the love this February.

Vanessa of San Francisco’s Polk Street Florist is a shining example of this. A beloved staple of her community, she takes incredible joy in sharing her passion for flowers with her... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 MX Mexico
(photo credit: Catherine Cocke)


For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders are getting the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. This week, these 7 lenders will be visiting 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It’s a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close.

This post is the first of a 4 part series, which comes in anticipation of...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

The Kiva community lost a beloved and influential leader last month. Nicknamed Captain Tony, he was a Review and Translation volunteer, The Mindful Bunch lending team co-captain and lender since 2009. Even with the sadness of his passing in New York in January, his friends and teammates at Kiva are hopeful and confident that his spirit and impact will live on for many years to come. 

Although many of us never got the chance to meet Tony in person, his thoughtfulness and passion for helping others...

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Jan 1, 2017 RW Rwanda


This week, read about inspiring entrepreneur and Kiva borrower Jean Bosco from Rwanda. Disheartened by the destruction of the environment caused by the use of traditional wood-burning stoves, he developed his own biofuel prototype that caught the attention of many influential people - including former President Obama. Bosco is providing a cheaper, cleaner, more efficient way to cook in his town, and is cleaning up Rwandan waste in the process. Read more about Bosco's story, and how a Kiva loan helped him on his journey, on Kiva's Medium Page.
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Jan 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Our 32nd fellows class was in the house this past week at Kiva’s San Francisco headquarters, further strengthening our vibrant community! They bonded as a team as they learned about Kiva's overall strategy, our amazing Field Partners, our core operations, and many other interesting topics that prepared them to carry our mission to the field. Hailing from Mali to Moldova, from Canada to China, from Brazil to Zimbabwe and Swaziland - this incredibly diverse and...

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Jan 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Tons of inspiring stories circulate around the internet every day, and we’ve come across some that are no doubt worth sharing. From meatless burgers that even carnivores can enjoy to drones delivering vaccines to endangered ferrets, here are five links we love that we hope you do too:


... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

This month, we’re happy to celebrate our partnership with an organization working to save the planet and all of its inhabitants: Wildlife Conservation Society...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
This year, Kiva supported hundreds of thousands of borrowers all around the world who have inspiring stories to tell. Here, we’ve highlighted some of the most memorable loans shared with us by our lenders and staff members, who felt especially inspired by these entrepreneurs and the work that they are doing:

...
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


This month, we’re celebrating our partnership with an organization working to make the world a cleaner and more sustainable place to live: Emerging Cooking Solutions... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Lending teams are a vital part of Kiva's thriving community. Last month, one of our most active lending teams hit a milestone no other had: one million loans made. We invited one of their co-captains, Chris Allen, to tell us about what this achievement means to his team.
 
What are the odds that a group of Atheists and other non-believers in God would ever make one million no-interest loans to small business owners around the world? It’s just a guess: one in a million. 
 
Yet, the A+ Team on Kiva has done...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Every day, Kiva’s work is made possible by nearly 400 Review and Translation Program volunteers who graciously donate their time and skills to to translate loans from Kiva’s five key languages: English, Spanish, French, Russian, and Portuguese. Thanks to our volunteers, lenders and borrowers around the world are able to connect through Kiva and help each other build better lives together. 
This past quarter we were fortunate to get to know Katie, Laurie, and Marcia, three very interesting women, and learn more about what motivates them to help people through...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2016 PY Paraguay
We at Kiva have a lot to be thankful for this year – but most of all, we want to thank you for all you do to make spirits bright around the world every day.
 
Thank you for creating opportunity for entrepreneurs who might not otherwise be able to pursue their dreams and improve their lives. Thank you for keeping our organization running each day with your donations. And thank you for being a beacon of compassion in a sometimes overwhelming world, proving again and again the generosity of the human spirit.
 
... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

On October 4, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti and eastern Cuba as a Category 4 storm, causing massive destruction and severe damage to much of the region. Relief agencies are racing to deliver supplies across the island, but an estimated 900 people have tragically lost their lives...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


Last week, Kiva celebrated local businesses in the city of Oakland with its first-ever Made in Oakland event. Located in the beautiful outdoor space in front of City Hall, 45 local entrepreneurs showed off their unique businesses, selling everything from vegan cupcakes to repurposed footwear... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva and The MasterCard Foundation are kicking off a 5-year, $7.9 million partnership to test, develop and scale high-impact loans serving the unique needs of smallholder farmers and rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa
.

... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
This is a guest blog from Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer at HP, our Matter to a Million partner.

Sabita never had the opportunity to go to school, but she wants her children to have a different future. Sabita is part of a group of female entrepreneurs in Balangir, India, who use Kiva loans to create successful businesses to fund their children’s education and improve their family’s livelihoods. With her loan, Sabita established a store to sell cosmetics and hair and beauty products, earning enough money to pay her children’s...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
The Kiva community is happy to welcome some amazing new partners this month who all share a common mission with Kiva: to empower people with opportunities to create better lives for themselves. Whether it’s giving farmers in Peru access to resources and markets, training farmers in Mozambique to increase productivity, or connecting entrepreneurs with the tools they need to tackle some of the world’s... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Once again, we’ve welcomed our new fellow trainees to our headquarters in San Francisco to train them up on all things Kiva before their 6 month fellowships with our field partners. This fellows class is 18 strong and will be working with 36 field partners across 20 countries. The week was filled with early morning training sessions (fueled by coffee), afternoon lunches catered by local Kiva US borrowers and plenty of mock-borrower verifications to get a feel for the challenges they’ll undoubtedly face in the field.
 
Some of our favorite snapshots from...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
All over the world, Review and Translation Program (RTP) volunteers dedicate their time and skills to ensure that the thousands of loans that come in from Kiva’s partners are edited and translated from our five key languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Russian. In the past three months alone, RTP volunteers have reviewed 47,529 loans, averaging over 15,000 loans per month. They enjoy being involved in the process from reviewing the original loans to seeing them fundraise on Kiva!
 
This month we celebrate three of our incredible volunteers...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This is part of our series celebrating the unifying spirit of the Summer Games. Cambodia is one of 28 Kiva countries that have never won a medal, so we’re rallying to show our support ...

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2016 SV El Salvador
This is part of our series celebrating the unifying spirit of the summer games. El Salvador is one of 28 Kiva countries that have never won a medal, so we’re rallying to show our support through loans this month! Team Kiva for the win!
 
Nestled in the mountains of Central America is the smallest but most densely populated country in the region, El Salvador. Home to more than 6 million people, El Salvador has yet to win a medal in the Olympic games. But medals certainly aren’t the only currency for success, and El Salvador can boast it’s home...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Our partners are located all over the world, working to create change in the communities where they’re based. Whether it’s helping social businesses get a leg up to solve social and environmental problems, providing solar power to small rural communities in Nepal, or bringing vision to those in need wherever they may be, the work done by our partners is having a positive and unique... Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with lending

Feb 2, 2017 MX Mexico

For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders were extended the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. This past week, these 7 lenders visited 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It was a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close.

This post is the second of a 4 part series, which came to us during the lender trip. This piece was contributed by Frances, a retired city employee from Arlington, Texas, who has been...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 US United States


As we approach Valentine’s Day, it’s important to take a moment to think about all the industrious small business owners who make these love-filled holidays happen for everyone. Everything from a box of chocolates to a bottle of wine to candles softly lit on the table may have come from a small local business owner, working hard to get you all you need to show the love this February.

Vanessa of San Francisco’s Polk Street Florist is a shining example of this. A beloved staple of her community, she takes incredible joy in sharing her passion for flowers with her... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 MX Mexico
(photo credit: Catherine Cocke)


For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders are getting the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. This week, these 7 lenders will be visiting 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It’s a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close.

This post is the first of a 4 part series, which comes in anticipation of...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
By Taylor Whitfield

The Kiva community lost a beloved and influential leader last month. Nicknamed Captain Tony, he was a Review and Translation volunteer, The Mindful Bunch lending team co-captain and lender since 2009. Even with the sadness of his passing in New York in January, his friends and teammates at Kiva are hopeful and confident that his spirit and impact will live on for many years to come. 

Although many of us never got the chance to meet Tony in person, his thoughtfulness and passion for helping others...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 RW Rwanda


This week, read about inspiring entrepreneur and Kiva borrower Jean Bosco from Rwanda. Disheartened by the destruction of the environment caused by the use of traditional wood-burning stoves, he developed his own biofuel prototype that caught the attention of many influential people - including former President Obama. Bosco is providing a cheaper, cleaner, more efficient way to cook in his town, and is cleaning up Rwandan waste in the process. Read more about Bosco's story, and how a Kiva loan helped him on his journey, on Kiva's Medium Page.
Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
By Maria Oliveira-Tamellini

Our 32nd fellows class was in the house this past week at Kiva’s San Francisco headquarters, further strengthening our vibrant community! They bonded as a team as they learned about Kiva's overall strategy, our amazing Field Partners, our core operations, and many other interesting topics that prepared them to carry our mission to the field. Hailing from Mali to Moldova, from Canada to China, from Brazil to Zimbabwe and Swaziland - this incredibly diverse and...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Tons of inspiring stories circulate around the internet every day, and we’ve come across some that are no doubt worth sharing. From meatless burgers that even carnivores can enjoy to drones delivering vaccines to endangered ferrets, here are five links we love that we hope you do too:


... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

This month, we’re happy to celebrate our partnership with an organization working to save the planet and all of its inhabitants: Wildlife Conservation Society...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
By Talea Miller
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
By Natalie Brown
This year, Kiva supported hundreds of thousands of borrowers all around the world who have inspiring stories to tell. Here, we’ve highlighted some of the most memorable loans shared with us by our lenders and staff members, who felt especially inspired by these entrepreneurs and the work that they are doing:

...
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


This month, we’re celebrating our partnership with an organization working to make the world a cleaner and more sustainable place to live: Emerging Cooking Solutions... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Lending teams are a vital part of Kiva's thriving community. Last month, one of our most active lending teams hit a milestone no other had: one million loans made. We invited one of their co-captains, Chris Allen, to tell us about what this achievement means to his team.
 
What are the odds that a group of Atheists and other non-believers in God would ever make one million no-interest loans to small business owners around the world? It’s just a guess: one in a million. 
 
Yet, the A+ Team on Kiva has done...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Every day, Kiva’s work is made possible by nearly 400 Review and Translation Program volunteers who graciously donate their time and skills to to translate loans from Kiva’s five key languages: English, Spanish, French, Russian, and Portuguese. Thanks to our volunteers, lenders and borrowers around the world are able to connect through Kiva and help each other build better lives together. 
This past quarter we were fortunate to get to know Katie, Laurie, and Marcia, three very interesting women, and learn more about what motivates them to help people through...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2016 PY Paraguay
By Aurora Lee
We at Kiva have a lot to be thankful for this year – but most of all, we want to thank you for all you do to make spirits bright around the world every day.
 
Thank you for creating opportunity for entrepreneurs who might not otherwise be able to pursue their dreams and improve their lives. Thank you for keeping our organization running each day with your donations. And thank you for being a beacon of compassion in a sometimes overwhelming world, proving again and again the generosity of the human spirit.
 
... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2016

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Oct 10, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

On October 4, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti and eastern Cuba as a Category 4 storm, causing massive destruction and severe damage to much of the region. Relief agencies are racing to deliver supplies across the island, but an estimated 900 people have tragically lost their lives...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2016 KV Kiva HQ


Last week, Kiva celebrated local businesses in the city of Oakland with its first-ever Made in Oakland event. Located in the beautiful outdoor space in front of City Hall, 45 local entrepreneurs showed off their unique businesses, selling everything from vegan cupcakes to repurposed footwear... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva and The MasterCard Foundation are kicking off a 5-year, $7.9 million partnership to test, develop and scale high-impact loans serving the unique needs of smallholder farmers and rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa
.

... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
This is a guest blog from Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer at HP, our Matter to a Million partner.

Sabita never had the opportunity to go to school, but she wants her children to have a different future. Sabita is part of a group of female entrepreneurs in Balangir, India, who use Kiva loans to create successful businesses to fund their children’s education and improve their family’s livelihoods. With her loan, Sabita established a store to sell cosmetics and hair and beauty products, earning enough money to pay her children’s...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
The Kiva community is happy to welcome some amazing new partners this month who all share a common mission with Kiva: to empower people with opportunities to create better lives for themselves. Whether it’s giving farmers in Peru access to resources and markets, training farmers in Mozambique to increase productivity, or connecting entrepreneurs with the tools they need to tackle some of the world’s... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Once again, we’ve welcomed our new fellow trainees to our headquarters in San Francisco to train them up on all things Kiva before their 6 month fellowships with our field partners. This fellows class is 18 strong and will be working with 36 field partners across 20 countries. The week was filled with early morning training sessions (fueled by coffee), afternoon lunches catered by local Kiva US borrowers and plenty of mock-borrower verifications to get a feel for the challenges they’ll undoubtedly face in the field.
 
Some of our favorite snapshots from...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
All over the world, Review and Translation Program (RTP) volunteers dedicate their time and skills to ensure that the thousands of loans that come in from Kiva’s partners are edited and translated from our five key languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Russian. In the past three months alone, RTP volunteers have reviewed 47,529 loans, averaging over 15,000 loans per month. They enjoy being involved in the process from reviewing the original loans to seeing them fundraise on Kiva!
 
This month we celebrate three of our incredible volunteers...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This is part of our series celebrating the unifying spirit of the Summer Games. Cambodia is one of 28 Kiva countries that have never won a medal, so we’re rallying to show our support ...

Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2016 SV El Salvador
This is part of our series celebrating the unifying spirit of the summer games. El Salvador is one of 28 Kiva countries that have never won a medal, so we’re rallying to show our support through loans this month! Team Kiva for the win!
 
Nestled in the mountains of Central America is the smallest but most densely populated country in the region, El Salvador. Home to more than 6 million people, El Salvador has yet to win a medal in the Olympic games. But medals certainly aren’t the only currency for success, and El Salvador can boast it’s home...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Our partners are located all over the world, working to create change in the communities where they’re based. Whether it’s helping social businesses get a leg up to solve social and environmental problems, providing solar power to small rural communities in Nepal, or bringing vision to those in need wherever they may be, the work done by our partners is having a positive and unique... Continue Reading >>

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