May 29, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

From the air: First aerial photographs of Cuba are stunning.
 
BatKid begins: A remake that rebooted our hearts.
Robocop: Using tech to ease traffic in Kinshasa.
 
The future: Learning more about self-driving cars.
 
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May 27, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

It’s hard to believe the members of the 27th class of Kiva Fellow volunteers are currently making their way by train, plane and boat to their placements for the next 4 months. Our fellows program started in 2007 and has grown from humble beginnings to a formidable operation that provides Kiva staff with critical connections to our field partners and borrowers around the world.
 
Last week, 28 fellows from 9 different countries joined us at our headquarters in San Francisco to meet each other, meet the staff and learn as much as humanly possible about...
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May 22, 2015 SB Solomon Islands

Shell money is a traditional form of currency that was used in the Solomon Islands before bank notes were introduced. Some provinces still use shell money today, primarily for ceremonies, settling disputes, and bridal and land payments. It is beautifully crafted from seashells, often consisting of strings of differently colored shell-beads. Visit Kiva's Medium page to see how it's made! Continue Reading >>


May 19, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

We are honored to announce a new member of our team, Martin Tschopp, as CEO of Kiva.  As co-lead with Kiva’s President and Co-founder, Premal Shah, Martin brings a skillset that will help Kiva grow our reach, maximize social impact and leverage technology in strategic new ways.  Martin comes to Kiva after 12 years with eBay, most recently as the Vice President and General Manager of eBay Advertising. At eBay, he worked to build and grow marketplace and e-... Continue Reading >>


May 15, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Amazing insider: Everyday life in Somalia.
Shout out: President Obama sends some #KivaLove.
Beating the odds: Solar bike path test performs better than anticipated.
 
Have a laugh: Top 10 design flaws of the human body.
 
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May 14, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva’s loans come in all shapes, sizes and languages. Lucky for us, there’s a team of hard- working multilingual volunteers on Kiva’s Review and Translation (RTP) team who make it possible for us to get these loans onto the site!

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May 8, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

There are few things as universal as a mother’s love. Kiva loans support a hugely diverse range of borrowers, hailing from over 80 different countries, but one thing remains a constant: the touching stories we hear of mothers putting the well-being and education of their children above all else. Although we all have plenty of reasons to call our mom or send her a card this Mother's Day, here are 3 women who will further inspire you: Sento lives in Makeni City, Sierra Leone and sells local food, soft drinks, and condiments out of a small store on the side of a main road. She works 16... Continue Reading >>


May 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

iSchool Zambia Zambia Revolutionizing education in Zambia Who are they? iSchool Zambia is a social enterprise working to change the education system in Zambia. The company has copied the entire Zambian primary school curriculum (in English and the 7 local languages) on Android tablets they call Zeupads. iSchool's goal is to... Continue Reading >>


Apr 28, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Photo by Flickr user Oliver Whiteside On April 25, the most devastating earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years claimed the lives of thousands of people and destroyed homes and cultural sites. The Kiva community’s thoughts are with the people of Nepal and all the families that have been affected by this tragedy. Kiva reached out to our two partners in Nepal, Patan Business and Professional Women and SunFarmer, to express our support and check on the wellbeing of their staff and clients. SunFarmer responded that their staff members on the ground are accounted for and doing ok,... Continue Reading >>


Apr 24, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Go green:
Clear solar energy panels put a new spin on windows.
 
Tips & tricks:
Impress your friends and family with these tips for better travel photos.
City skies:
8 in 10 have never seen the Milky Way, this is what they're missing.
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