Jun 28, 2016 KV Kiva HQ, US United States

This is the second story in our series spotlighting U.S. businesses in celebration of Independence Day. 

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Jun 27, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

The direct to social enterprise program is a pilot program that aims to raise capital for social enterprises in a new and more efficient way. Social enterprises have the potential to strengthen their communities and reduce poverty by expanding formal employment, scaling innovative social solutions and driving sustainable economic growth. However, they often fall in the “missing middle,” meaning they are too small for traditional banks, but too big for microfinance. In the past, Kiva has used 2 different models to support small social enterprises:
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Jun 27, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This the second of our stories in our series spotlighting U.S. businesses in celebration of Independence Day. “After years of working for someone else, I decided it was time to pursue my dream of bringing the food of my childhood to my new home.” You can tell Guadalupe is a passionate woman from the moment you place your order at El Pipila. She is constantly moving around assembling the plates, but keeping an eye on everything that’s going on, making sure everyone receives the best service. Her passion comes in part from her journey to the United States, and as... Continue Reading >>


Jun 21, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Kigali, Rwanda. Photo by Flickr user oledoe.
I’ve only seen the film Hotel Rwanda twice. The first time, I was alone on my parents’ couch in small-town Oklahoma. I tend to want to be emotionally prepared for heavy films with difficult subject matter, but when do you ever feel prepared enough to bear witness to such a magnitude of senseless violence and tragedy as what happened in Rwanda? The answer is never, so I finally just took a deep breath and hit play. Continue reading at Kiva's... Continue Reading >>


Jun 20, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

There are more than 60 million refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) around the world who were driven from their homes by violence and conflict. In honor of World Refugee Day, we’re featuring the stories of borrowers who were forced to rebuild their lives and found new hope and support through the Kiva community. Kiva lenders have crowdfunded more than $2.6 million in loans to refugees and internally displaced people. This support helps Kiva’s Field Partners extend financial services to those most at risk and in need, including refugees and IDPs escaping conflict in the Democratic... Continue Reading >>


Jun 19, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This is part of our World Refugee Day series honoring Kiva borrowers who made the incredible journey from refugee to entrepreneur.

Najah, whose name means “Success” in Arabic, comes from a Bedouin background and is now a successful business woman herself. She raises sheep and goats and sells milk and meat. She lives with her 5 children in a refugee camp near Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world, in the West Bank. Her husband lives most of the week in Israel due to his work, so she runs the household and the business. She’s...

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Jun 18, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This is part of our World Refugee Day series honoring Kiva borrowers who made the incredible journey from refugee to entrepreneur.

Jembere. In Amharic – the native language of Ethiopia – it means, “my sunset.” When Abaynesh, a designer in New York, fulfilled her dream of creating her own eyewear brand, she named it Jembere in honor of her roots. Her collections are now sold by vendors from New York to Chicago, but the inspiration for her designs remains rooted in her early life and East Africa.

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Jun 17, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This is part of our World Refugee Day series honoring Kiva borrowers who made the incredible journey from refugee to entrepreneur.

Leila is constantly smiling, and beams with pride when talking about her farm. But behind her sunny exterior, she carries a story of extreme hardship and perseverance. Leila used to live in Ochamchire, in the coastal region of Abkhazia, situated in the north-western corner of Georgia. She was forced to leave her home, her roots and everything she knew in 1989 due to a regional conflict that eventually developed into a war between Georgia...

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Jun 16, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This is part of our World Refugee Day series honoring Kiva borrowers who made the incredible journey from refugee to entrepreneur.

For Kone, a designer and tailor, achieving his dream of owning his own business in Nairobi has been a long journey, both mentally and physically. In 2002, he was the proud owner of a stable and prosperous tailoring business in his native Côte d’Ivoire, when his life was turned upside down by the First Ivorian Civil War. His business was burned to the ground. He was separated...

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Jun 9, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This is a guest post from John Carroll, Manager of Local Business Outreach at Yelp, to celebrate our new partnership. Today, we're proud to make the Yelp and Kiva partnership official. Together, we can help even more small, local businesses work towards their dreams. Since 2013, Yelp and Kiva have collaborated to provide small businesses with the capital and exposure they need to succeed. As a leading nonprofit providing crowdfunded loans, Kiva gives small businesses in the U.S. access to 0% interest capital through “social underwriting.” When traditional lenders step back,... Continue Reading >>


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