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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.

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. 

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.

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.

Links We Like: Images of Earth Day

On April 22, the international community celebrated Earth Day. This week’s Links We Like looks back at publications around the world who featured pictures and stories of the planet.

Food security and hunger: Environmental issues on Earth Day and every day

Throughout much of the world, food security and hunger are, in large part, environmental issues. It is crucial to recognize how the climate change is affecting global agriculture, as well as the people who depend on local food production for their livelihoods and to meet nutritional needs.

Bringing clean water to schools and communities through innovative finance

This Earth Day, it's important to remember that about 1 in 10 people on Earth lack access to clean water. Read about some of the work being done by Kiva and its Field Partners to make sanitation and clean water access more equitable.

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