Blog posts tagged with kiva microfunds

May 5, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

 

Most of the population on the Colombian Caribbean coast lives in poverty, and 17% lives in extreme poverty. There's little formal employment in the region, and many families make less than $3 per day. Coconut farming is one of the few economic opportunities available to Colombians living along this coast, but with yields contingent on weather patterns, it’s a tenuous occupation.

Coconut production also leaves communities with piles of unusable coconut shells, which if not disposed of properly can pose...

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Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
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On April 22, the international community celebrated Earth Day. To commemorate the holiday at Kiva, we published 2 stories about loan types that go to populations grappling with global climate change. The first story concerned agricultural loans, while the other tackled loans for clean water and sanitation...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Throughout much of the world, food security and hunger are, in large part, environmental issues. And they are intractably tied; ending hunger will demand the international development of sustainable food production systems, as well as widespread adoption of resilient agricultural practices by farmers and food producers in the developing world.

It is crucial to recognize how 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.

For instance...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Access to clean water and sanitation have long been considered universal and basic human rights by much of the international community. In fact, the United Nations considers it a key part of its Sustainable Development Goals, a blueprint laid out in 2015 to mitigate the effects of human-caused climate change and improve the global populations’ overall quality of life by 2030.

In developed countries, it can be easy to forget that about 1 in 10 people on Earth lack access to clean water. Half of the people who today drink from contaminated water sources live...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 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 how Kiva interns are working to become the next generation of social innovators.

Archer Kiang – Global Partnerships Team: Impact (SF)

What led you to Kiva? 

I wanted to get more experience in international development and wanted to go to grad school, and...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

In a matter of days, Kiva lenders backed a $10,000 Kiva loan to one of the best restaurants in the United States at the beginning of April. Philadelphia's El Compadre, formerly South Philly Barbacoa, has received national attention for years for their slow-cooked lamb tacos, but a recent wave of press and attention following the restaurant’s feature in a Netflix documentary hosted by celebrity chef David Chang pushed their current location to its standing-room limit, necessitating an expansion.

El Compadre founder Christina Martinez, who co-owns...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

It's been described as the most important meal of the day, and is eaten by champions of all stripes around the world. But what does breakfast look like in the places Kiva works? Our new series all about food around the world will bring you everything from bowls of porridge to plates of pastry in some of the different countries Kiva borrowers call home.

This month, we visit Vietnam, where the weather oscillates between insistent rain and confounding heat, to explore one of the most ubiquitous breakfast staples in a country where the cuisine shifts from south to north. That’...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva loves to celebrate its interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. Halfway through the internship cycle, we sat down with a few of them to hear about their work and how their time at Kiva has impacted them. Read below to hear what Kiva interns have to say about their experiences.

Olivia Cornfield – Kiva U Team (SF)


What led you to Kiva?

I studied cognitive science in college and was really interested in the idea of neuroplasticity, growth and how people can change and grow toward what they want...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
St. Louis-based entrepreneur Dawn Manske has successfully raised funds for Kiva loans on 3 separate occasions to expand her burgeoning clothing brand, Made for Freedom, whose mission is to provide women survivors of human trafficking employment opportunities, education and counseling.  

In addition to a feature on Made for Freedom, this week’s Links We Like all come from the intersection of art, fashion and social consciousness, and explore the deeper impact of the clothes we wear and see on the runway. Look through them below, and find Kiva borrowers raising funds for... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Nestled in the center of Peru is a lush valley region defined by 3 rivers, with a notorious reputation as ‘cocaine valley.’

Peru is the world’s largest producer of cocaine, and nearly 70% of the coca leaves used to produce the narcotic are grown in the valley region, known by the acronym VRAEM.

COOPAC Microfinanzas Prisma, a new Kiva Field Partner based in Lima, has 2 branches deep in the VRAEM region, serving some of the...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
 

On March 8, 2018, the world recognized International Women’s Day with strikes to highlight gender inequality in Spain, marches against violence in Manila and New Delhi, student protests in Beijing and action across Kabul, Paris, Buenos Aires and dozens of cities in the United States.

At Kiva, nearly 52,000 lenders from 62 countries raised funds for women borrowers in the days surrounding International Women's Day, totaling $6 million in Kiva loans that went to over 13,000 women. To celebrate, this week’s Links We Like are global snapshots...

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Mar 3, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
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In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, will you join us in rallying to support the dreams of 10,000 women by backing their loans? To kick off this celebration, spread some inspiration by watching and sharing this video marking International Women’s Day.

...
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Feb 2, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Story by Talea Miller. Photos by Brandon Smith.

Phyllis’ life did not turn out the way she imagined it would.

She never expected to get divorced, or be a single mother. She never expected to start her own business or to find the strength within to go up against male competitors. Most of all, she never expected she would experience domestic abuse at the hands of someone she loved.

But for years, that was her reality. Phyllis’ ex-husband often beat her so...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Story by Catherine Cocke; Photos by Brandon Smith

Phearong's nerves quickly took hold of her as she looked at the stage.

"Oh my god! What am I going to say?" she thought as she frantically tried to get her friend to speak instead of her, but she steadied herself, determined to use her voice.

She had worked for 25 years for this moment to speak boldly about pressing for progress on women's rights. Phearong took the stage to speak to dozens of ambassadors at the European Union...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Story by Carly Bertolozzi. Photos by Brenton Gieser.

“To love in a manner that’s unhindered, that’s not wrapped in fear, that’s visionary and sacred,” Regina Evans says, describing her vision for her role in the world.

Regina is a healer and an advocate, an artist and a pillar in her community in Oakland, Calif.

She considers theater and her apparel store, Regina’s Door, her media...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

In February, Leona’s, a small batch ice cream company in Pittsburgh, Penn., made history by being the fastest ...

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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...

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Dec 12, 2017 KV Kiva HQ


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 her shoes for better traction.
 


 

It’s mesmerizing to see how quickly the wood changes from a...

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...

Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with kiva microfunds

May 5, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

 

Most of the population on the Colombian Caribbean coast lives in poverty, and 17% lives in extreme poverty. There's little formal employment in the region, and many families make less than $3 per day. Coconut farming is one of the few economic opportunities available to Colombians living along this coast, but with yields contingent on weather patterns, it’s a tenuous occupation.

Coconut production also leaves communities with piles of unusable coconut shells, which if not disposed of properly can pose...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
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On April 22, the international community celebrated Earth Day. To commemorate the holiday at Kiva, we published 2 stories about loan types that go to populations grappling with global climate change. The first story concerned agricultural loans, while the other tackled loans for clean water and sanitation...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Throughout much of the world, food security and hunger are, in large part, environmental issues. And they are intractably tied; ending hunger will demand the international development of sustainable food production systems, as well as widespread adoption of resilient agricultural practices by farmers and food producers in the developing world.

It is crucial to recognize how 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.

For instance...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Access to clean water and sanitation have long been considered universal and basic human rights by much of the international community. In fact, the United Nations considers it a key part of its Sustainable Development Goals, a blueprint laid out in 2015 to mitigate the effects of human-caused climate change and improve the global populations’ overall quality of life by 2030.

In developed countries, it can be easy to forget that about 1 in 10 people on Earth lack access to clean water. Half of the people who today drink from contaminated water sources live...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 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 how Kiva interns are working to become the next generation of social innovators.

Archer Kiang – Global Partnerships Team: Impact (SF)

What led you to Kiva? 

I wanted to get more experience in international development and wanted to go to grad school, and...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

In a matter of days, Kiva lenders backed a $10,000 Kiva loan to one of the best restaurants in the United States at the beginning of April. Philadelphia's El Compadre, formerly South Philly Barbacoa, has received national attention for years for their slow-cooked lamb tacos, but a recent wave of press and attention following the restaurant’s feature in a Netflix documentary hosted by celebrity chef David Chang pushed their current location to its standing-room limit, necessitating an expansion.

El Compadre founder Christina Martinez, who co-owns...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

It's been described as the most important meal of the day, and is eaten by champions of all stripes around the world. But what does breakfast look like in the places Kiva works? Our new series all about food around the world will bring you everything from bowls of porridge to plates of pastry in some of the different countries Kiva borrowers call home.

This month, we visit Vietnam, where the weather oscillates between insistent rain and confounding heat, to explore one of the most ubiquitous breakfast staples in a country where the cuisine shifts from south to north. That’...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva loves to celebrate its interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. Halfway through the internship cycle, we sat down with a few of them to hear about their work and how their time at Kiva has impacted them. Read below to hear what Kiva interns have to say about their experiences.

Olivia Cornfield – Kiva U Team (SF)


What led you to Kiva?

I studied cognitive science in college and was really interested in the idea of neuroplasticity, growth and how people can change and grow toward what they want...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
St. Louis-based entrepreneur Dawn Manske has successfully raised funds for Kiva loans on 3 separate occasions to expand her burgeoning clothing brand, Made for Freedom, whose mission is to provide women survivors of human trafficking employment opportunities, education and counseling.  

In addition to a feature on Made for Freedom, this week’s Links We Like all come from the intersection of art, fashion and social consciousness, and explore the deeper impact of the clothes we wear and see on the runway. Look through them below, and find Kiva borrowers raising funds for... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Nestled in the center of Peru is a lush valley region defined by 3 rivers, with a notorious reputation as ‘cocaine valley.’

Peru is the world’s largest producer of cocaine, and nearly 70% of the coca leaves used to produce the narcotic are grown in the valley region, known by the acronym VRAEM.

COOPAC Microfinanzas Prisma, a new Kiva Field Partner based in Lima, has 2 branches deep in the VRAEM region, serving some of the...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
 

On March 8, 2018, the world recognized International Women’s Day with strikes to highlight gender inequality in Spain, marches against violence in Manila and New Delhi, student protests in Beijing and action across Kabul, Paris, Buenos Aires and dozens of cities in the United States.

At Kiva, nearly 52,000 lenders from 62 countries raised funds for women borrowers in the days surrounding International Women's Day, totaling $6 million in Kiva loans that went to over 13,000 women. To celebrate, this week’s Links We Like are global snapshots...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
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In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, will you join us in rallying to support the dreams of 10,000 women by backing their loans? To kick off this celebration, spread some inspiration by watching and sharing this video marking International Women’s Day.

...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Story by Talea Miller. Photos by Brandon Smith.

Phyllis’ life did not turn out the way she imagined it would.

She never expected to get divorced, or be a single mother. She never expected to start her own business or to find the strength within to go up against male competitors. Most of all, she never expected she would experience domestic abuse at the hands of someone she loved.

But for years, that was her reality. Phyllis’ ex-husband often beat her so...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Story by Catherine Cocke; Photos by Brandon Smith

Phearong's nerves quickly took hold of her as she looked at the stage.

"Oh my god! What am I going to say?" she thought as she frantically tried to get her friend to speak instead of her, but she steadied herself, determined to use her voice.

She had worked for 25 years for this moment to speak boldly about pressing for progress on women's rights. Phearong took the stage to speak to dozens of ambassadors at the European Union...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Story by Carly Bertolozzi. Photos by Brenton Gieser.

“To love in a manner that’s unhindered, that’s not wrapped in fear, that’s visionary and sacred,” Regina Evans says, describing her vision for her role in the world.

Regina is a healer and an advocate, an artist and a pillar in her community in Oakland, Calif.

She considers theater and her apparel store, Regina’s Door, her media...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

In February, Leona’s, a small batch ice cream company in Pittsburgh, Penn., made history by being the fastest ...

Continue Reading >>
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


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 her shoes for better traction.
 


 

It’s mesmerizing to see how quickly the wood changes from a...

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...

Continue Reading >>

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