Blog posts tagged with kiva microfunds

Apr 4, 2022 KV Kiva HQ
It’s time to think about Mother’s Day gifts, and we’re pretty sure your mom does not need another macaroni necklace. 

How about a gift that she’ll cherish and will make a difference in someone’s life? 

Breathtaking home decor, handmade fashion, and other Mother’s Day gift ideas from the Kiva Store are crafted by artisans who are also Kiva borrowers. Every purchase directly benefits their business—an effort that’ll let your mother know that she raised you right.  

Here are some gorgeous gifts for mom that she’ll love—and make her... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2022 KV Kiva HQ
FATEN, an NGO in Palestine, received investment from Kiva Capital funds to help expand its reach to refugees like Malik.*

A lack of access continues to exclude so many from traditional financial services and the stability they bring. A whopping 1.7 billion adults around the globe are unbanked, which means they can’t benefit from conventional credit and capital, or even save money efficiently.

At Kiva, we’re well-known for our role in supporting the individuals who are faced with these challenges....

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2022 KV Kiva HQ

April 18, 2022

Happy International Volunteer Week! To commemorate this week-long celebration, Kiva would like to express our immense gratitude and appreciation for our fellows, interns, and volunteers who put in countless hours to make an impact in our community and the world. Thank you for all you do to help expand global financial access.

We’d like to start off by spotlighting a few of our wonderful Review and Translation Program volunteers, who review, translate, and edit loans daily to see them fundraise on the Kiva site. Learn...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2022 KV Kiva HQ

Salao saves time and money through the ACE cookstove she purchased with her Kiva loan

Like many of her neighbors in northwestern Cambodia, Salao used to gather firewood to cook meals for her family. When kindling ran short, she would supplement with costly coal, which took even longer to ignite and emitted toxic pollutants into her home and village.

“I had to wake up early in the morning just to start the fire with the stoves I had used,” says the 33 year-old teacher,...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2022 KV Kiva HQ

Access to clean water and sanitation is a universal and basic human right, and yet 1 in 3 people on Earth lack access to safe drinking water. 

Half of the people who today drink from contaminated water sources live in sub-Saharan Africa, and 8 in 10 live in rural areas. For those in developing countries, human-caused climate change is projected to reduce renewable surface water and groundwater resources, which will intensify already-fierce competition for water. Receding and melting glaciers will decrease water supplies for drinking and...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2022 KV Kiva HQ

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share news of the passing of our friend and colleague, Jason Eyler. Jason passed away on Wednesday, April 6th, surrounded by his loved ones after an unexpected and sudden illness. His death has been a shock to all who knew and cherished him, including our Kiva community. 

Jason served as the Executive Vice President of Kiva Marketplace beginning in 2020. In the two years that Jason was with Kiva, he left an incredible impression on everyone he came in contact with. He was patient, thoughtful, caring and held a...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2022 KV Kiva HQ
All of us can play a part in saving our planet.

No matter where we live on this big, beautiful planet, all of us have the right to a clean, healthy, sustainable environment—a declaration that was made manifest in 2021 by the UN Human Rights Council.

Yet the challenges facing the earth can seem overwhelming. Can one person really make a difference to issues this huge?

The good news is that we can help the earth with the small choices we collectively make every...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2022 TR Turkey

Saffa's Kiva loan helped her start a new business; now she dreams of expanding it further.
 

When Saffa fled Syria for Turkey in search of refuge, she couldn't have imagined the conditions she'd face on her journey. 

“I arrived in Turkey not knowing anyone…I only had my three girls with me,” recalls the 39 year-old mother of six. 

“When I came here, I didn’t know where to go. When they told me I should enter a camp, I was very surprised,” she says. ...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2022 KV Kiva HQ
Syrom, a Kiva microloan recipient in Cambodia, who works as a tailor

Women entrepreneurs face formidable challenges at every stage of the enterprise journey, from securing financial backing to balancing household responsibilities to navigating gender-related social norms. COVID-19 exacerbated many of these hurdles, prompting the necessity for microfinance institutions, investors, and development partners to meet the needs of women entrepreneurs in new ways. 

To get a better understanding...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2022 PH Philippines

A woman stands in front of a produce stand. Roadside businesses in the Philippines suffered severely throughout the pandemic.

Around the world, the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic goes far beyond inundated hospitals and widespread travel bans. For small businesses in the Philippines, the challenges that owners face in keeping doors open continue to be immense, especially for those in rural areas. 

In 2020, business owners were forced to let a huge percentage of their...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2022 RW Rwanda
Meet Thacienne from Kigali, Rwanda

In the rolling hills of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city, Thacienne knew she would excel as a college student—if only her family could afford it. 

“As the first born of the family, my parents were worried about my education,” she says. Her parents asked her if she could wait two years before starting college; the family needed time to raise the funds to cover her tuition, which in Rwanda can cost several times the average annual wage. The cost of higher education...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2022 KV Kiva HQ

Julita works hard to support her family with her bicycle transport business in the Philippines

Women and girls represent half of the world’s 7.9 billion-and-counting population—and therefore half of humankind’s economic potential, creative capabilities, and capacity for sustainable growth. 

Every day we witness phenomenal contributions by women in business, science, governance, healthcare, and other important pillars of society, even as women of all economic...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2022 KV Kiva HQ

Kiran is going beyond the traditional expectations for women in Nepal. And with the help of Kiva lenders, going beyond her financial limitations too.

Meet Kiran from Kathmandu

Kiran, a college student studying business at the University of Kathmandu in Nepal, is using her Kiva loan to help fund her education. 

But, before she got to where she is today, Kiran found herself in a situation many Nepalese women face: being qualified, deserving, and eager to...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2022 KV Kiva HQ

Sweet success! With financial support, Zeppa turned her life-long passion for baking into a career.

In Harare, Zimbabwe, Zeppa has been filling happy stomachs with scones and cakes since she was ten years old. Decades later, Zeppa’s finally fulfilling the dream she’s always had: opening up her own bakery.

What kept Zeppa from pursuing her passion sooner? Unfortunately, many women around the world don't have access to basic financial services like savings accounts or loans....

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

We couldn't have done this without you. Thank you, Kiva community, for supporting 150,000 loans this year!

 

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Show your support for...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Wondering how you can support U.S. borrowers beyond their loans? We've compiled this interactive map graphic for you to find borrowers in your area!


var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1638482364540'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; if ( divElement....
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

You help us change the world every day of the year, but it’s especially meaningful during the holiday season. Thank you for keeping the holidays bright for people everywhere.

As you read about holiday traditions around the globe, we invite you to add Kiva to your own giving traditions. Donating to Kiva helps us cover the cost of loans to new borrowers, groundbreaking projects, and so much more.

Read on to learn more about unique holidays from around the world, taking place in the very communities you...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Thanks for everything, Kiva community. Don't forget to support Kiva this holiday season with a donation!

 

 

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...
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Oct 10, 2021 KV Kiva HQ


This year, make an impact with your giving. We’ve got your entire gift list covered!

First up: Kiva Cards. With a Kiva Card, recipients can choose a Kiva borrower to support, then re-lend the same funds again after getting repaid. They’re a perfect way to introduce family and friends to Kiva!

Then, explore the Kiva Store, where you can buy goods from borrowers around the world.

Last (but definitely not least), you can always pay it forward by lending. Whether it’s your...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

October 7, 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 being made visible to the public. This is where the Review and Translation Program (RTP) steps in.

RTP comprises hundreds of volunteers who review, translate and edit loans daily to see them fundraise on the Kiva site. These individuals typically review about 16,000 loans per month. Their skills are so appreciated, and just last...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

October 7, 2021

A key component of Kiva's efforts to connect people throughout the world is to partner with other trustworthy, high-impact organizations. We connect you with entrepreneurs in 65 different countries around the globe, and the truth is, we couldn’t do it without the help of our Field Partners.

The Field Partners we connect with are microfinance institutions or social enterprises. We make these connections through the Kiva Labs: Social Enterprises program,...

Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

You can support farmers like Mary at kiva.org/lend!

 

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Continue Reading >>
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

Kiva will sunset operations of Kiva Protocol, effective June 30, 2022. To learn more, read the announcement on our blog.


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...

Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with kiva microfunds

Apr 4, 2022 KV Kiva HQ
It’s time to think about Mother’s Day gifts, and we’re pretty sure your mom does not need another macaroni necklace. 

How about a gift that she’ll cherish and will make a difference in someone’s life? 

Breathtaking home decor, handmade fashion, and other Mother’s Day gift ideas from the Kiva Store are crafted by artisans who are also Kiva borrowers. Every purchase directly benefits their business—an effort that’ll let your mother know that she raised you right.  

Here are some gorgeous gifts for mom that she’ll love—and make her... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2022 KV Kiva HQ
FATEN, an NGO in Palestine, received investment from Kiva Capital funds to help expand its reach to refugees like Malik.*

A lack of access continues to exclude so many from traditional financial services and the stability they bring. A whopping 1.7 billion adults around the globe are unbanked, which means they can’t benefit from conventional credit and capital, or even save money efficiently.

At Kiva, we’re well-known for our role in supporting the individuals who are faced with these challenges....

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2022 KV Kiva HQ

April 18, 2022

Happy International Volunteer Week! To commemorate this week-long celebration, Kiva would like to express our immense gratitude and appreciation for our fellows, interns, and volunteers who put in countless hours to make an impact in our community and the world. Thank you for all you do to help expand global financial access.

We’d like to start off by spotlighting a few of our wonderful Review and Translation Program volunteers, who review, translate, and edit loans daily to see them fundraise on the Kiva site. Learn...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2022 KV Kiva HQ

Salao saves time and money through the ACE cookstove she purchased with her Kiva loan

Like many of her neighbors in northwestern Cambodia, Salao used to gather firewood to cook meals for her family. When kindling ran short, she would supplement with costly coal, which took even longer to ignite and emitted toxic pollutants into her home and village.

“I had to wake up early in the morning just to start the fire with the stoves I had used,” says the 33 year-old teacher,...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2022 KV Kiva HQ

Access to clean water and sanitation is a universal and basic human right, and yet 1 in 3 people on Earth lack access to safe drinking water. 

Half of the people who today drink from contaminated water sources live in sub-Saharan Africa, and 8 in 10 live in rural areas. For those in developing countries, human-caused climate change is projected to reduce renewable surface water and groundwater resources, which will intensify already-fierce competition for water. Receding and melting glaciers will decrease water supplies for drinking and...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2022 KV Kiva HQ
By Brit Heiring

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share news of the passing of our friend and colleague, Jason Eyler. Jason passed away on Wednesday, April 6th, surrounded by his loved ones after an unexpected and sudden illness. His death has been a shock to all who knew and cherished him, including our Kiva community. 

Jason served as the Executive Vice President of Kiva Marketplace beginning in 2020. In the two years that Jason was with Kiva, he left an incredible impression on everyone he came in contact with. He was patient, thoughtful, caring and held a...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2022 KV Kiva HQ
All of us can play a part in saving our planet.

No matter where we live on this big, beautiful planet, all of us have the right to a clean, healthy, sustainable environment—a declaration that was made manifest in 2021 by the UN Human Rights Council.

Yet the challenges facing the earth can seem overwhelming. Can one person really make a difference to issues this huge?

The good news is that we can help the earth with the small choices we collectively make every...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2022 TR Turkey

Saffa's Kiva loan helped her start a new business; now she dreams of expanding it further.
 

When Saffa fled Syria for Turkey in search of refuge, she couldn't have imagined the conditions she'd face on her journey. 

“I arrived in Turkey not knowing anyone…I only had my three girls with me,” recalls the 39 year-old mother of six. 

“When I came here, I didn’t know where to go. When they told me I should enter a camp, I was very surprised,” she says. ...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2022 KV Kiva HQ
Syrom, a Kiva microloan recipient in Cambodia, who works as a tailor

Women entrepreneurs face formidable challenges at every stage of the enterprise journey, from securing financial backing to balancing household responsibilities to navigating gender-related social norms. COVID-19 exacerbated many of these hurdles, prompting the necessity for microfinance institutions, investors, and development partners to meet the needs of women entrepreneurs in new ways. 

To get a better understanding...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2022 PH Philippines

A woman stands in front of a produce stand. Roadside businesses in the Philippines suffered severely throughout the pandemic.

Around the world, the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic goes far beyond inundated hospitals and widespread travel bans. For small businesses in the Philippines, the challenges that owners face in keeping doors open continue to be immense, especially for those in rural areas. 

In 2020, business owners were forced to let a huge percentage of their...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2022 RW Rwanda
Meet Thacienne from Kigali, Rwanda

In the rolling hills of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city, Thacienne knew she would excel as a college student—if only her family could afford it. 

“As the first born of the family, my parents were worried about my education,” she says. Her parents asked her if she could wait two years before starting college; the family needed time to raise the funds to cover her tuition, which in Rwanda can cost several times the average annual wage. The cost of higher education...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2022 KV Kiva HQ

Julita works hard to support her family with her bicycle transport business in the Philippines

Women and girls represent half of the world’s 7.9 billion-and-counting population—and therefore half of humankind’s economic potential, creative capabilities, and capacity for sustainable growth. 

Every day we witness phenomenal contributions by women in business, science, governance, healthcare, and other important pillars of society, even as women of all economic...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2022 KV Kiva HQ

Kiran is going beyond the traditional expectations for women in Nepal. And with the help of Kiva lenders, going beyond her financial limitations too.

Meet Kiran from Kathmandu

Kiran, a college student studying business at the University of Kathmandu in Nepal, is using her Kiva loan to help fund her education. 

But, before she got to where she is today, Kiran found herself in a situation many Nepalese women face: being qualified, deserving, and eager to...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2022 KV Kiva HQ
By Ciara Middleton

Sweet success! With financial support, Zeppa turned her life-long passion for baking into a career.

In Harare, Zimbabwe, Zeppa has been filling happy stomachs with scones and cakes since she was ten years old. Decades later, Zeppa’s finally fulfilling the dream she’s always had: opening up her own bakery.

What kept Zeppa from pursuing her passion sooner? Unfortunately, many women around the world don't have access to basic financial services like savings accounts or loans....

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

We couldn't have done this without you. Thank you, Kiva community, for supporting 150,000 loans this year!

 

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Show your support for...

Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Wondering how you can support U.S. borrowers beyond their loans? We've compiled this interactive map graphic for you to find borrowers in your area!


var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1638482364540'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; if ( divElement....
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

You help us change the world every day of the year, but it’s especially meaningful during the holiday season. Thank you for keeping the holidays bright for people everywhere.

As you read about holiday traditions around the globe, we invite you to add Kiva to your own giving traditions. Donating to Kiva helps us cover the cost of loans to new borrowers, groundbreaking projects, and so much more.

Read on to learn more about unique holidays from around the world, taking place in the very communities you...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2021 KV Kiva HQ
By Casey Miller

Thanks for everything, Kiva community. Don't forget to support Kiva this holiday season with a donation!

 

 

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...
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Oct 10, 2021 KV Kiva HQ


This year, make an impact with your giving. We’ve got your entire gift list covered!

First up: Kiva Cards. With a Kiva Card, recipients can choose a Kiva borrower to support, then re-lend the same funds again after getting repaid. They’re a perfect way to introduce family and friends to Kiva!

Then, explore the Kiva Store, where you can buy goods from borrowers around the world.

Last (but definitely not least), you can always pay it forward by lending. Whether it’s your...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

October 7, 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 being made visible to the public. This is where the Review and Translation Program (RTP) steps in.

RTP comprises hundreds of volunteers who review, translate and edit loans daily to see them fundraise on the Kiva site. These individuals typically review about 16,000 loans per month. Their skills are so appreciated, and just last...

Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

October 7, 2021

A key component of Kiva's efforts to connect people throughout the world is to partner with other trustworthy, high-impact organizations. We connect you with entrepreneurs in 65 different countries around the globe, and the truth is, we couldn’t do it without the help of our Field Partners.

The Field Partners we connect with are microfinance institutions or social enterprises. We make these connections through the Kiva Labs: Social Enterprises program,...

Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

You can support farmers like Mary at kiva.org/lend!

 

.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }

 

Continue Reading >>
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

Kiva will sunset operations of Kiva Protocol, effective June 30, 2022. To learn more, read the announcement on our blog.


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...

Continue Reading >>

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