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Behind the Scenes… The Trilogy: Training 23 Kiva Agents

Weaving, Women, and Justice in Guatemala

Today in Guatemala's Supreme Court, closing arguments are being delivered in the trial of former head of state, Efraín Ríos Montt on the accusations of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Microfinance 101: Guatemala Video Lessons "From the Field to the Classroom" [VIDEOS]

 
 
Last year, I served as a substitute teacher in my hometown of Minnetonka, Minnesota. 

Small Loans and 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.

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.

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.

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.

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