Kiva Blog Updates
Mixing family and business can be a risky prospect, but the 3 sisters running B.E.N. Fisheries make it look simple. They are united by the same vision for their fish farm, the first of its kind in their district in Zimbabwe, and a strong work ethic.
They even named their business in a way that felt equitable to everyone: B.E.N. is a combination of their 3 names– Beauty, Ericah and Netsai.
“We are pioneers of this type of project,” says Ericah proudly.
Like farmers across southern Africa, Cynthia is worried about the drought. The region is experiencing one of the driest years in decades, and the lack of rain is all the farmers in her rural Zimbabwe community are talking about.
A single mother and a veteran farmer, Cynthia will fare better than most thanks to her careful planning. Over the years, she connected an irrigation pond to her fields of okra, sweet potatoes and corn...Continue Reading >>
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...
The refreshed Kiva includes the most significant changes to the website since it was first created, and is the culmination of more than a year of hard work by Kiva’s engineering, product, design and marketing teams. Learn more about the process at Kiva's Medium page.
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Today, we’re proud to introduce a new look and feel for Kiva, and a new, mobile-responsive website that makes supporting small businesses around the world easier than ever.
When Kiva began in 2005, we had a simple goal: to connect borrowers who need small amounts of capital to improve their lives, with lenders who want to help. Ten years later, we’ve seen the incredible power and impact of this model brought to life thanks to millions of dedicated contributors like you.
Kiva’s grown into a true global community, where people come together to support and... Continue Reading >>
It’s early evening and the sun is glowing, low and golden, above a homestead located a 3-hour drive from Cape Coast, Ghana. The air has cooled just enough for Grace and her family to start cooking their dinner over an open fire.
Tonight they are making gravy and yams, and crushing together tomatoes and garden eggs, a popular type of eggplant.
“Talk about feeling powerful– we can be the bank of our community because we love this community, we understand it and we’re going to invest in our neighbors." -Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, at the Kiva Oakland launch
Thanks to your generosity, Kiva had a record-breaking International Women's Day celebration to support women around the world! In 1 week, Kiva lenders and supporters funded nearly $4.5 million in loans to women, and $2.7 million on International Women's Day alone.
More loans were funded on International Women's Day 2016 than on any other day in Kiva's history!
More than 40,000 lenders participated during the week, and more than 14,000 women borrowers were successfully funded.
Kiva lenders helped activate $1 million in... Continue Reading >>
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Thanks to your enthusiasm and support, we just hit our $1 million goal for International Women's Day! But we still have until midnight on March 8 to make an even bigger impact for women entrepreneurs around the world, so we're announcing a stretch goal of $2 million!
We need your help to hit this goal, but this time we're not asking you to lend. We're asking current Kiva lenders to help us... Continue Reading >>