Blog posts tagged with lending

Jan 1, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Story and photos by Catherine Cocke

In the early hours of Oct. 8, 2017, residents of Santa Rosa, Calif., awoke to a real-life nightmare as they watched flames cascade over the hills toward their homes. With only minutes to grab family members and escape from the fires coming their way, thousands of people — mothers, fathers, children — lost everything.

Dewitt, a resident of the Santa Rosa area, was among those battered by the fire. A father to 1 child, with another on the...

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Dec 12, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
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For just a moment, try to ignore those news alerts on your phone. Take a deep breath and join us in the Kiva universe–a kind and compassionate corner of the internet (some may say parallel dimension) where people help each other improve their lives, every day. Here in the Kiva universe millions of people carry out small acts of kindness all the time.

This year, those small acts...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

The holidays are fast-approaching! Enjoy a list of sustainable travel gifts, stories surrounding success and an update of what's new with Kiva as we move into the new year, below: 


The compost crusader


Gifts for the eco-minded traveler


Kids aged 4 to 6 perform better during boring tasks when dressed as Batman


Kiva U.S. loans now up to $25,000


...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

All over the world, Review and Translation Program (RTP) volunteers offer their time and skills to ensure that the thousands of loans that come in from Kiva’s partners are edited and translated from our 5 key languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Russian. In the past 3 months alone, RTP volunteers have reviewed 57,199 loans, averaging over 19,000 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 3 of our incredible volunteers who work in 4 different languages...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

This holiday season, you can light up a life by making a loan on Kiva, or by giving the gift of a Kiva Card to someone you love.



Ernestina, an artisan in Ghana, is dressed to the nines for company but doesn’t hesitate for a moment to climb into her carving workshop and show us how it’s done.

When she carves it’s a full body effort. She positions herself on a tree stump, across from her material. She uses her legs, clad in beautiful orange embellished pants, to pin the wood in place and begins chiseling, wood chips flying. She kicks off...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

This holiday season, you can light up a life by making a loan on Kiva, or giving the gift of a Kiva Card to someone you love.

Flordelisa is a fisherwoman living in the Philippines. Ignited by the desire to send her children to college, she searched for a way to provide access to a good education. The solution that brightened her entire family’s future: a Kiva loan supported by lenders around the world.

When she worked for someone else, Flordelisa struggled to earn enough to pay for school fees. She decided to use a Kiva loan to purchase...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

At Kiva, we love to travel and connect with people around the world. Lending on Kiva is of course one of the ways we maintain that connection, and so is living vicariously through travel writers.

We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite blogs that each offer a unique perspective on travel. We especially enjoy their commitment to leaving a positive, impactful mark on their ever-expanding world. Check them out below:

Nomadness Tribe

The Nomadness Travel Tribe is an online community of over 15,000 travelers. Members collectively...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

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).

As the founder and CEO of Con Calma, a fair trade and sustainable lifestyle brand, Matilsha is leveraging a Kiva loan to help her small business’s doors stay open. 

Matilsha was the first Kiva borrower to receive a loan in Puerto Rico following the September hurricane,...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

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.

Lorebel lives on one of the more touristy islands in the Philippines, but as she watches our Kiva photographer and me approach, her eyes grow wide. We are the first foreigners she’s ever seen...

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Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
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Flordelisa is a hard working woman in the Philippines who puts her children above all. Before she took out her first Kiva loan, the family relied on her husband’s salary as a boatman. Now, Flordelisa owns 3 fishing boats and employs 5 people. Her ambition and grit allowed her to build a family fishing business and send her children to school.

...
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Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

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)

What makes working at Kiva unique?

I’ve had past internships before, and the culture at Kiva was...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

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.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Kiva and have the greatest respect and admiration for the good that the entire Kiva community has created,” Neville said. “As I start my work here, I bring a passion and desire to do my part to deliver ‘loans that change lives’...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

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

 


 

Portfolios of the Poor is a fascinating and useful...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
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.
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Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Tiffany Lacsado, Founder and Co-Owner of The Lei Company, LLC


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....

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

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.  


20 photos of Mexico's breathtaking Day of the Dead festival

How offices are innovating to improve our happiness, productivity and well being



Transgender women of Indonesia have a champion in a 26-year-old doctor


Welcome to the land of a...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
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)

What led you to Kiva?
Two years ago, I was working in banking, and I started having the discussion of where my...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ


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.

And this is also our vision for the Kiva U.S. program – that Kiva’s wonderful lenders, as well as lending $25 or more to the small business owners they are backing, will also connect in other ways.

Just as Mark Zuckerberg (who was a white male who went to Harvard)...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

These are the stories of everyday-ideas transformed. Read about photography as a tool for healing, a musical tradition brought back to life, or an artist who uses New York City to discuss the influx of global refugees—all in our favorite links of the week, below:


Empowering girls rescued from child marriage


Volunteering keeps older minds sharp


Meet the artist single-handedly reviving a dying form of music


Talk about freshness


Must-see locations of Ai Weiwei's expansive...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 LS Lesotho

The solar-powered cookstoves produced and distributed by Kiva partner African Clean Energy are no ordinary cookstoves: they cut fuel consumption, create healthier air in homes and feature a USB outlet to charge cellphones or run LED lamps.

For some families in Lesotho these innovative cookstoves are the only source of power in their homes. 

“This particular cookstove is brilliant because the USB plugin and solar panel is a HUGE help in initially winning people over,” said Chelsa Bocci, Senior Director of Community Marketing at Kiva, who visited Lesotho in July....

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

These stories represent the efforts of innovative people to change narratives and re-think the status quo. In doing so, they are able to create solutions like providing power to a town without electricity, reimagining what beauty can look like and so much more. Check out all 5 stories below:


A 4-year mission to present a new vision of beauty


Scientists have made biodegradable plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide




Hospital allows kids to drive themselves to the operating room 


...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Each day when you visit Kiva’s website there are thousands of loans ready and waiting to be funded, but how do they get there? Money doesn’t grow on trees and neither do translated loans.
 
Kiva relies on an enormous network of volunteers to help edit and translate loans that come in from our partners in one of Kiva’s 5 key languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian. Today, the Kiva Review and Translation Program (RTP) volunteers edit and translate about 17,000 loans each month, and in May 2017 they hit a record of 20,777 loans edited...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Yasmin is a guest blogger and local high school student spearheading the creation of a KivaU program on her campus. The KivaU program is Kiva's youth and educational engagement program, which launched in August of 2013 and is currently made up of over 82,000 educators, students and parents who use Kiva as a tool to better understand and impact the world they live in. KivaU is currently present in more than 4,000 schools, universities and youth groups around the world. To learn more about the KivaU program, check it out at KivaU.org. 



...
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Aug 8, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Earlier this year, Kiva’s Global Engagement Manager, Jessica Hansen, gave a TEDx Talk to a packed house about the power of “we” and connection via technology. 

 


We love this concept so much we asked Jessica to share more about the intersection of human empathy, technology and global change:

Q: What do you...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Whether it's women gathering to prevent injustices or a man fulfilling a lofty dream, below are stories of how people use their resources and circumstances to create something meaningful. Check out all 5 below:


An all-women police force tackles sexual harassment in India


Brain injury survivors share self-portraits: "Art helped me tell my story"


The sweet-maker teaching Google about creativity


22 girls in Queens form first homeless Girl Scout troop

Undocumented immigrant turned...

Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with lending

Jan 1, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Story and photos by Catherine Cocke

In the early hours of Oct. 8, 2017, residents of Santa Rosa, Calif., awoke to a real-life nightmare as they watched flames cascade over the hills toward their homes. With only minutes to grab family members and escape from the fires coming their way, thousands of people — mothers, fathers, children — lost everything.

Dewitt, a resident of the Santa Rosa area, was among those battered by the fire. A father to 1 child, with another on the...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
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For just a moment, try to ignore those news alerts on your phone. Take a deep breath and join us in the Kiva universe–a kind and compassionate corner of the internet (some may say parallel dimension) where people help each other improve their lives, every day. Here in the Kiva universe millions of people carry out small acts of kindness all the time.

This year, those small acts...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

The holidays are fast-approaching! Enjoy a list of sustainable travel gifts, stories surrounding success and an update of what's new with Kiva as we move into the new year, below: 


The compost crusader


Gifts for the eco-minded traveler


Kids aged 4 to 6 perform better during boring tasks when dressed as Batman


Kiva U.S. loans now up to $25,000


...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

All over the world, Review and Translation Program (RTP) volunteers offer their time and skills to ensure that the thousands of loans that come in from Kiva’s partners are edited and translated from our 5 key languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Russian. In the past 3 months alone, RTP volunteers have reviewed 57,199 loans, averaging over 19,000 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 3 of our incredible volunteers who work in 4 different languages...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

This holiday season, you can light up a life by making a loan on Kiva, or by giving the gift of a Kiva Card to someone you love.



Ernestina, an artisan in Ghana, is dressed to the nines for company but doesn’t hesitate for a moment to climb into her carving workshop and show us how it’s done.

When she carves it’s a full body effort. She positions herself on a tree stump, across from her material. She uses her legs, clad in beautiful orange embellished pants, to pin the wood in place and begins chiseling, wood chips flying. She kicks off...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

This holiday season, you can light up a life by making a loan on Kiva, or giving the gift of a Kiva Card to someone you love.

Flordelisa is a fisherwoman living in the Philippines. Ignited by the desire to send her children to college, she searched for a way to provide access to a good education. The solution that brightened her entire family’s future: a Kiva loan supported by lenders around the world.

When she worked for someone else, Flordelisa struggled to earn enough to pay for school fees. She decided to use a Kiva loan to purchase...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

At Kiva, we love to travel and connect with people around the world. Lending on Kiva is of course one of the ways we maintain that connection, and so is living vicariously through travel writers.

We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite blogs that each offer a unique perspective on travel. We especially enjoy their commitment to leaving a positive, impactful mark on their ever-expanding world. Check them out below:

Nomadness Tribe

The Nomadness Travel Tribe is an online community of over 15,000 travelers. Members collectively...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

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).

As the founder and CEO of Con Calma, a fair trade and sustainable lifestyle brand, Matilsha is leveraging a Kiva loan to help her small business’s doors stay open. 

Matilsha was the first Kiva borrower to receive a loan in Puerto Rico following the September hurricane,...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

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.

Lorebel lives on one of the more touristy islands in the Philippines, but as she watches our Kiva photographer and me approach, her eyes grow wide. We are the first foreigners she’s ever seen...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
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Flordelisa is a hard working woman in the Philippines who puts her children above all. Before she took out her first Kiva loan, the family relied on her husband’s salary as a boatman. Now, Flordelisa owns 3 fishing boats and employs 5 people. Her ambition and grit allowed her to build a family fishing business and send her children to school.

...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
By Carly Bertolozzi

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)

What makes working at Kiva unique?

I’ve had past internships before, and the culture at Kiva was...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

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.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Kiva and have the greatest respect and admiration for the good that the entire Kiva community has created,” Neville said. “As I start my work here, I bring a passion and desire to do my part to deliver ‘loans that change lives’...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

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

 


 

Portfolios of the Poor is a fascinating and useful...

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
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.
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Tiffany Lacsado, Founder and Co-Owner of The Lei Company, LLC


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....

Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

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.  


20 photos of Mexico's breathtaking Day of the Dead festival

How offices are innovating to improve our happiness, productivity and well being



Transgender women of Indonesia have a champion in a 26-year-old doctor


Welcome to the land of a...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
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)

What led you to Kiva?
Two years ago, I was working in banking, and I started having the discussion of where my...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ


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.

And this is also our vision for the Kiva U.S. program – that Kiva’s wonderful lenders, as well as lending $25 or more to the small business owners they are backing, will also connect in other ways.

Just as Mark Zuckerberg (who was a white male who went to Harvard)...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

These are the stories of everyday-ideas transformed. Read about photography as a tool for healing, a musical tradition brought back to life, or an artist who uses New York City to discuss the influx of global refugees—all in our favorite links of the week, below:


Empowering girls rescued from child marriage


Volunteering keeps older minds sharp


Meet the artist single-handedly reviving a dying form of music


Talk about freshness


Must-see locations of Ai Weiwei's expansive...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 LS Lesotho

The solar-powered cookstoves produced and distributed by Kiva partner African Clean Energy are no ordinary cookstoves: they cut fuel consumption, create healthier air in homes and feature a USB outlet to charge cellphones or run LED lamps.

For some families in Lesotho these innovative cookstoves are the only source of power in their homes. 

“This particular cookstove is brilliant because the USB plugin and solar panel is a HUGE help in initially winning people over,” said Chelsa Bocci, Senior Director of Community Marketing at Kiva, who visited Lesotho in July....

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

These stories represent the efforts of innovative people to change narratives and re-think the status quo. In doing so, they are able to create solutions like providing power to a town without electricity, reimagining what beauty can look like and so much more. Check out all 5 stories below:


A 4-year mission to present a new vision of beauty


Scientists have made biodegradable plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide




Hospital allows kids to drive themselves to the operating room 


...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Each day when you visit Kiva’s website there are thousands of loans ready and waiting to be funded, but how do they get there? Money doesn’t grow on trees and neither do translated loans.
 
Kiva relies on an enormous network of volunteers to help edit and translate loans that come in from our partners in one of Kiva’s 5 key languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian. Today, the Kiva Review and Translation Program (RTP) volunteers edit and translate about 17,000 loans each month, and in May 2017 they hit a record of 20,777 loans edited...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Yasmin is a guest blogger and local high school student spearheading the creation of a KivaU program on her campus. The KivaU program is Kiva's youth and educational engagement program, which launched in August of 2013 and is currently made up of over 82,000 educators, students and parents who use Kiva as a tool to better understand and impact the world they live in. KivaU is currently present in more than 4,000 schools, universities and youth groups around the world. To learn more about the KivaU program, check it out at KivaU.org. 



...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Earlier this year, Kiva’s Global Engagement Manager, Jessica Hansen, gave a TEDx Talk to a packed house about the power of “we” and connection via technology. 

 


We love this concept so much we asked Jessica to share more about the intersection of human empathy, technology and global change:

Q: What do you...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Whether it's women gathering to prevent injustices or a man fulfilling a lofty dream, below are stories of how people use their resources and circumstances to create something meaningful. Check out all 5 below:


An all-women police force tackles sexual harassment in India


Brain injury survivors share self-portraits: "Art helped me tell my story"


The sweet-maker teaching Google about creativity


22 girls in Queens form first homeless Girl Scout troop

Undocumented immigrant turned...

Continue Reading >>

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