Blog posts tagged with kiva

Aug 8, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Our main goal at Kiva, now and always, is to reduce financial exclusion around the world and in our local communities. That’s why occasions like National Black Business Month are so important. Because we see firsthand how often Black business owners are denied the funding they need to progress.

At Kiva, our U.S. loan application review is the same regardless of the applicant’s race or ethnicity. Our interest rates are 0% for U.S. borrowers and the application process is simple. We’re here to support everyone in achieving their entrepreneurial dreams.

That’s...

Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

The 2021 Kiva Games

In this moment of friendly global rivalry, we kicked off our first-ever Kiva Games competition. Lending teams and solo lenders from around the world went head-to-head, rallying teammates and supporting borrowers near and far. 

Every loan you made contributed to global unity, support and celebration. Your lending aids economic growth for people around the world. And who doesn’t love some...

Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

June 24, 2021

Today, Kiva Protocol was added to the Digital Public Goods Alliance DPG Registry. The goal of the DPGA and its registry is to promote digital public goods in order to create a more equitable world. Being recognized as a DPG increases the visibility, support for, and prominence of open projects that have the potential to tackle global challenges. To become a digital public good, all projects are required to meet the DPG Standard to ensure that projects truly encapsulate open source principles.

Kiva Protocol is a modular, open-source...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

June 25, 2021


At any given moment, Kiva’s website hosts thousands of borrower profiles and loan requests from all corners of the globe. As a result, many of these profiles require translation and editing before they can be made visible to the public. This is where the Review and Translation Program (RTP) steps in.

RTP is composed of hundreds of volunteers that review, translate and edit loans on a daily basis in order to see them fundraise on the Kiva site. These individuals typically review at least...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Thank you to everyone who joined Kiva's first-ever Instagram Live for World Refugee Day! We spoke with Kiva's Director of Investments Lev Plaves and Kiva borrower Kareem Qaraman. In case you missed it:

 

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Today at Kiva we're recognizing and commemorating Juneteenth, the end of formal slavery in the United States. As an organization committed to creating opportunity for underserved communities, we recognize our responsibility in learning about the historic barriers to personal and financial freedom for communities we serve, on a national and international level.

Tomorrow, Juneteenth, 6/19, is a reminder of how far we still have to go in removing systemic barriers for the Black community.

We invite you to join us in celebrating...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Read Kareem's story below and meet him in person (virtually) live on Kiva's Instagram on Friday, June 18th at 4pm EST! We'll be talking with him and Lev Plaves, our director of investments, in celebration of World Refugee Day this week. Be sure to follow @kiva.org on Instagram and join us on Friday.

What can you do to honor World Refugee Day with Kiva?

1. Support refugees in your community and around the world by lending.
2. Mark your calendar for Sunday, when...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

As you’re reading this, almost 80 million people are displaced from their homes and/or their homeland. They have been forced to leave everything and everyone they know, forced to rebuild their lives under the most improbable of circumstances.

Refugees are entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, engineers, artists, parents, neighbors, friends. Lending to refugees is no different than lending to a small business owner in your own local community, and it’s easy to do with Kiva. While traditional banks have deemed lending to refugees far too risky, the Kiva community has lent over...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

This Sunday, June 20, marks World Refugee Day.

What can you do to honor World Refugee Day with Kiva?

1. Support refugees in your community and around the world by lending.
2. Mark your calendar for Sunday, when we're matching refugee loans dollar-for-dollar!
3. Read refugee stories, like Edi’s (below).

Edi’s a Kiva lender just like you. And after experiencing being a refugee himself, he knows how important supporting refugees through...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

This Sunday, June 20, marks World Refugee Day.

What can you do to honor World Refugee Day with Kiva?

1. Support refugees in your community and around the world by lending.
2. Mark your calendar for Sunday, when we're matching refugee loans dollar-for-dollar!
3. Read refugee stories, like Nimo’s (below).

Nimo embodies the spirit of the Kiva community, with an unbreakable resilience on her journey from Somalia to Kenya — and a fierce...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Honor World Refugee Day by lending with Kiva!

 

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is the easiest way to make a difference: simply lend to a cause you care about, then watch your dollars do good and get recycled.

So if Kiva is all about lending, why do we need your donations?

First up, donations cover the cost of lending.

When you make a $25 loan, every single cent goes to the field. The thing is, for every $25 loan, there’s a cost of around $3 that Kiva needs to cover.

Secondly, Kiva's innovative projects aren't possible without your donations....

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

A letter from Kiva's Executive Chair of the Board, Julie Hanna.

 

 

Dear Kiva Community,

On behalf of Kiva’s Board of Directors, I am excited to share two announcements with you today.

Chris Tsakalakis has joined Kiva as CEO, and Silvija Martincevic has been appointed to the Kiva Board.

I will begin...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

“We have to take the baton when it is passed to us, and run as hard and fast as we can, and then pass it on to someone else.”
 



Dear Kiva community,

As we enter the spring of 2021, I am struck by how quickly the year is progressing. With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, I am personally excited to gather again with family and friends,...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

April 20, 2021


At any given moment, Kiva’s website hosts thousands of borrower profiles and loan requests from all corners of the globe. As a result, many of these profiles require translation and editing before they can be made visible to the public. This is where the Review and Translation Program (RTP) steps in.

RTP is composed of hundreds of volunteers that review, translate and edit loans on a daily basis in order to see them fundraise on the Kiva site. These individuals typically review at least...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

April 14, 2021

The following is a transcript of an interview with Kiva Coordinators Nargiza Rajabova and Fazilat Beknazarova, who are currently based in Tajikistan and work with Micro Deposit Organization (MDO) Humo. Some of the responses have been edited for clarity and brevity.
 



Tell us a bit about yourself and how you ended up in your current role within Humo.

Nargiza Rajabova: I have been...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

April 1, 2021


The joy of laughter unites the world, so it makes sense that there’s a day dedicated to tricks and pranks on all seven continents! Not every culture celebrates a good practical joke on April 1st, but you might be surprised at just how many do... 

Today, give someone a good surprise. Read about the traditions around the world, then surprise a borrower by funding their Kiva loan!


...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2021 KV Kiva HQ
The Asian American community is under attack. The horrific events in Atlanta on Tuesday underscore rising violence driven by racism, misogyny, and white supremacy. 

In the Bay Area, where Kiva was founded, and where much of our team is based, there have been 700 separate reported incidents of acts of anti-Asian hate and discrimination in the last year alone.  As a local and global organization, we also acknowledge the presence and patterns of discrimination and violence involving race and gender across the world, often present in the communities where we seek to make an... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

September 2, 2020

The following is a transcript of an interview with Kiva Coordinator Horton Caguingin, who is currently based in the Philippines and is working with our Field Partner Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc (ASKI). Established in 1986, ASKI is a non-profit dedicated to promoting and developing “micro and small-to-medium enterprises and the delivery of social services.” Some of the responses have been edited for clarity and brevity. 
 



Tell us a little bit...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Kiki Bryant’s lending journey is an all-too-familiar tale. Like many U.S. borrowers, she was hesitant to apply for a small business loan and felt she was unqualified.

“I, like a lot of Black female creators and entrepreneurs, have a little bit of imposter syndrome,” said Kiki. “So, when I was approved, I was overjoyed. And then when I got funded in a frickin’ hour? I was like… woah.”

Kiki was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. A creative soul from a young age, she wrote and illustrated her first...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

At any given moment, Kiva’s website hosts thousands of borrower profiles and loan requests from all corners of the globe. As a result, many of these profiles require translation and editing before they can be made visible to the public. This is where the Review and Translation Program (RTP) steps in.

RTP is composed of about 420 volunteers that review, translate and edit loans on a daily basis in order to see them fundraise on the Kiva site. These individuals typically review at least 16,000 loans per month. Their skills are so appreciated and in 2020...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2021 KV Kiva HQ


Throughout 2020, two things became clear to us at Kiva:

2020 Results and Learnings: Our work in the U.S. is more critical than ever. Few organizations can make scalable, small-dollar loans at zero interest, zero-fee.

2021 Path Forward: We require hundreds more national and regional partnerships to deliver on the scale needed to end financial exclusion here at home.

 

 

2020 Results

...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Meet Kiki Bryant, a Chicago-based entrepreneur who writes and illustrates children’s books. The adventurous star of her stories? Lollipop Lola, a young Black girl being raised by two LGBT+ Black women, who was inspired by Kiki’s own daughter.

“I think that there are a lot of products out there that are heavily utilized by Black users that aren’t necessarily made for us. So it feels good to be creating things that are for us, as opposed to...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

We went into 2020 with a great plan—the chessboard was laid out, and we knew our next 30 moves. Then COVID-19 hit, and every piece on the chessboard moved. With your unwavering support, we were able to pivot our plans to make a difference in this new reality.

  • We quickly ramped up our U.S. lending program – extending credit limits, offering grace periods, and increasing the maximum loan amount. Kiva loans to U.S. small businesses grew by 80% in 2020. 
  • Then we launched...
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Thank you, Kiva community, for sticking with us this year. Discover your impact, and hear from Kiva team members, in the video below!

 

 

Donate today to support...

Continue Reading >>

Pages

Blog posts tagged with kiva

Aug 8, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Our main goal at Kiva, now and always, is to reduce financial exclusion around the world and in our local communities. That’s why occasions like National Black Business Month are so important. Because we see firsthand how often Black business owners are denied the funding they need to progress.

At Kiva, our U.S. loan application review is the same regardless of the applicant’s race or ethnicity. Our interest rates are 0% for U.S. borrowers and the application process is simple. We’re here to support everyone in achieving their entrepreneurial dreams.

That’s...

Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2021 KV Kiva HQ
By Ciara Middleton

The 2021 Kiva Games

In this moment of friendly global rivalry, we kicked off our first-ever Kiva Games competition. Lending teams and solo lenders from around the world went head-to-head, rallying teammates and supporting borrowers near and far. 

Every loan you made contributed to global unity, support and celebration. Your lending aids economic growth for people around the world. And who doesn’t love some...

Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

June 24, 2021

Today, Kiva Protocol was added to the Digital Public Goods Alliance DPG Registry. The goal of the DPGA and its registry is to promote digital public goods in order to create a more equitable world. Being recognized as a DPG increases the visibility, support for, and prominence of open projects that have the potential to tackle global challenges. To become a digital public good, all projects are required to meet the DPG Standard to ensure that projects truly encapsulate open source principles.

Kiva Protocol is a modular, open-source...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

June 25, 2021


At any given moment, Kiva’s website hosts thousands of borrower profiles and loan requests from all corners of the globe. As a result, many of these profiles require translation and editing before they can be made visible to the public. This is where the Review and Translation Program (RTP) steps in.

RTP is composed of hundreds of volunteers that review, translate and edit loans on a daily basis in order to see them fundraise on the Kiva site. These individuals typically review at least...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Thank you to everyone who joined Kiva's first-ever Instagram Live for World Refugee Day! We spoke with Kiva's Director of Investments Lev Plaves and Kiva borrower Kareem Qaraman. In case you missed it:

 

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2021 KV Kiva HQ
By Casey Miller

Today at Kiva we're recognizing and commemorating Juneteenth, the end of formal slavery in the United States. As an organization committed to creating opportunity for underserved communities, we recognize our responsibility in learning about the historic barriers to personal and financial freedom for communities we serve, on a national and international level.

Tomorrow, Juneteenth, 6/19, is a reminder of how far we still have to go in removing systemic barriers for the Black community.

We invite you to join us in celebrating...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Read Kareem's story below and meet him in person (virtually) live on Kiva's Instagram on Friday, June 18th at 4pm EST! We'll be talking with him and Lev Plaves, our director of investments, in celebration of World Refugee Day this week. Be sure to follow @kiva.org on Instagram and join us on Friday.

What can you do to honor World Refugee Day with Kiva?

1. Support refugees in your community and around the world by lending.
2. Mark your calendar for Sunday, when...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

As you’re reading this, almost 80 million people are displaced from their homes and/or their homeland. They have been forced to leave everything and everyone they know, forced to rebuild their lives under the most improbable of circumstances.

Refugees are entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, engineers, artists, parents, neighbors, friends. Lending to refugees is no different than lending to a small business owner in your own local community, and it’s easy to do with Kiva. While traditional banks have deemed lending to refugees far too risky, the Kiva community has lent over...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

This Sunday, June 20, marks World Refugee Day.

What can you do to honor World Refugee Day with Kiva?

1. Support refugees in your community and around the world by lending.
2. Mark your calendar for Sunday, when we're matching refugee loans dollar-for-dollar!
3. Read refugee stories, like Edi’s (below).

Edi’s a Kiva lender just like you. And after experiencing being a refugee himself, he knows how important supporting refugees through...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

This Sunday, June 20, marks World Refugee Day.

What can you do to honor World Refugee Day with Kiva?

1. Support refugees in your community and around the world by lending.
2. Mark your calendar for Sunday, when we're matching refugee loans dollar-for-dollar!
3. Read refugee stories, like Nimo’s (below).

Nimo embodies the spirit of the Kiva community, with an unbreakable resilience on her journey from Somalia to Kenya — and a fierce...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Honor World Refugee Day by lending with Kiva!

 

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2021 KV Kiva HQ
By Ciara Middleton

Kiva is the easiest way to make a difference: simply lend to a cause you care about, then watch your dollars do good and get recycled.

So if Kiva is all about lending, why do we need your donations?

First up, donations cover the cost of lending.

When you make a $25 loan, every single cent goes to the field. The thing is, for every $25 loan, there’s a cost of around $3 that Kiva needs to cover.

Secondly, Kiva's innovative projects aren't possible without your donations....

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

A letter from Kiva's Executive Chair of the Board, Julie Hanna.

 

 

Dear Kiva Community,

On behalf of Kiva’s Board of Directors, I am excited to share two announcements with you today.

Chris Tsakalakis has joined Kiva as CEO, and Silvija Martincevic has been appointed to the Kiva Board.

I will begin...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

“We have to take the baton when it is passed to us, and run as hard and fast as we can, and then pass it on to someone else.”
 



Dear Kiva community,

As we enter the spring of 2021, I am struck by how quickly the year is progressing. With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, I am personally excited to gather again with family and friends,...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

April 20, 2021


At any given moment, Kiva’s website hosts thousands of borrower profiles and loan requests from all corners of the globe. As a result, many of these profiles require translation and editing before they can be made visible to the public. This is where the Review and Translation Program (RTP) steps in.

RTP is composed of hundreds of volunteers that review, translate and edit loans on a daily basis in order to see them fundraise on the Kiva site. These individuals typically review at least...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

April 14, 2021

The following is a transcript of an interview with Kiva Coordinators Nargiza Rajabova and Fazilat Beknazarova, who are currently based in Tajikistan and work with Micro Deposit Organization (MDO) Humo. Some of the responses have been edited for clarity and brevity.
 



Tell us a bit about yourself and how you ended up in your current role within Humo.

Nargiza Rajabova: I have been...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

April 1, 2021


The joy of laughter unites the world, so it makes sense that there’s a day dedicated to tricks and pranks on all seven continents! Not every culture celebrates a good practical joke on April 1st, but you might be surprised at just how many do... 

Today, give someone a good surprise. Read about the traditions around the world, then surprise a borrower by funding their Kiva loan!


...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2021 KV Kiva HQ
The Asian American community is under attack. The horrific events in Atlanta on Tuesday underscore rising violence driven by racism, misogyny, and white supremacy. 

In the Bay Area, where Kiva was founded, and where much of our team is based, there have been 700 separate reported incidents of acts of anti-Asian hate and discrimination in the last year alone.  As a local and global organization, we also acknowledge the presence and patterns of discrimination and violence involving race and gender across the world, often present in the communities where we seek to make an... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

September 2, 2020

The following is a transcript of an interview with Kiva Coordinator Horton Caguingin, who is currently based in the Philippines and is working with our Field Partner Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc (ASKI). Established in 1986, ASKI is a non-profit dedicated to promoting and developing “micro and small-to-medium enterprises and the delivery of social services.” Some of the responses have been edited for clarity and brevity. 
 



Tell us a little bit...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Kiki Bryant’s lending journey is an all-too-familiar tale. Like many U.S. borrowers, she was hesitant to apply for a small business loan and felt she was unqualified.

“I, like a lot of Black female creators and entrepreneurs, have a little bit of imposter syndrome,” said Kiki. “So, when I was approved, I was overjoyed. And then when I got funded in a frickin’ hour? I was like… woah.”

Kiki was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. A creative soul from a young age, she wrote and illustrated her first...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

At any given moment, Kiva’s website hosts thousands of borrower profiles and loan requests from all corners of the globe. As a result, many of these profiles require translation and editing before they can be made visible to the public. This is where the Review and Translation Program (RTP) steps in.

RTP is composed of about 420 volunteers that review, translate and edit loans on a daily basis in order to see them fundraise on the Kiva site. These individuals typically review at least 16,000 loans per month. Their skills are so appreciated and in 2020...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2021 KV Kiva HQ


Throughout 2020, two things became clear to us at Kiva:

2020 Results and Learnings: Our work in the U.S. is more critical than ever. Few organizations can make scalable, small-dollar loans at zero interest, zero-fee.

2021 Path Forward: We require hundreds more national and regional partnerships to deliver on the scale needed to end financial exclusion here at home.

 

 

2020 Results

...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Meet Kiki Bryant, a Chicago-based entrepreneur who writes and illustrates children’s books. The adventurous star of her stories? Lollipop Lola, a young Black girl being raised by two LGBT+ Black women, who was inspired by Kiki’s own daughter.

“I think that there are a lot of products out there that are heavily utilized by Black users that aren’t necessarily made for us. So it feels good to be creating things that are for us, as opposed to...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

We went into 2020 with a great plan—the chessboard was laid out, and we knew our next 30 moves. Then COVID-19 hit, and every piece on the chessboard moved. With your unwavering support, we were able to pivot our plans to make a difference in this new reality.

  • We quickly ramped up our U.S. lending program – extending credit limits, offering grace periods, and increasing the maximum loan amount. Kiva loans to U.S. small businesses grew by 80% in 2020. 
  • Then we launched...
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Thank you, Kiva community, for sticking with us this year. Discover your impact, and hear from Kiva team members, in the video below!

 

 

Donate today to support...

Continue Reading >>

Pages

LendingOnKiva