Blog posts tagged with lending

Apr 4, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

As a fearless leader and caretaker, Elpidia Esther started a small business out of her home in order to fulfill the needs of her family and new neighborhood. Elpidia is the first of many inhabitants of a neighborhood in the municipality of Soledad, Colombia. With that being said, her store did not pop up overnight. In fact, she credits her leap of faith to her sister and her niece. They often serve as her biggest motivators and cheerleaders. They pushed her to open up her convenience store in Soledad and to apply for a loan on Kiva.

...
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Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

For Martha Magali, a mother from Peru, being able to buy a cow could mean the difference between her and a better life. 

From a young age, Martha learned all the necessary skills and knowledge needed for raising livestock from her parents.  In order to provide for her family, Martha is a farmer with a specialty in raising and selling a unique breed of sheep. Everything she does, she does for her children. Although her business is successful, she wanted to speed up her earnings in order to get her...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Meet Misha...

Misha grew up in Detroit, Michigan. Surrounded by the creativity of the Motown culture in Detroit, her ambition was to become an artist. She spent a decade in New York, growing a business in jewelry design and working in the arts — all while raising two children as a single parent. Utilizing her experience in the arts, Misha began supporting her aunt and uncle with their dream of opening an art center in her hometown of Detroit. When her uncle suddenly passed away in 2013, Misha stepped into a leadership role on the...

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Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Meet Anna Gravois, Kiva's Review and Translation Program intern! A Louisiana native, Anna has always been interested in the intersection of different cultures and languages, and loves to explore this intersection with the aid of her camera in her free time.

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For as long as I can remember, I have been surrounded by family members speaking in Russian, Cajun-French and English simultaneously. Holidays have always been filled with platters of crawfish, pots of gumbo and...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Amidst Kiva’s Investments Week, we had the opportunity to chat with Rachel Lewis, a Senior Investment Manager for Kiva. Lewis has been with Kiva for the past 5 years, in a variety of positions. Originally, Lewis started out at Kiva as a Fellow in Albania and Kosovo! And she’s come far. In her current role as a Senior Investment Manager, Lewis manages and oversees a portfolio of Kiva partners across sub-Saharan Africa.
 

“During my time, I've been lucky enough to get to work with many of Kiva’s diverse types of partners, everything from our social...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

We recently announced major changes to the Kiva U.S. program in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. We’re eager to help small businesses struggling under the impact of this pandemic, and we’d like to answer any questions you may have.



For Lenders

Why only in the US?
We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has a global impact, and we'll continue to explore ways to help as many people affected by this crisis as possible. Currently, the U.S. market is the...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva community,

Small businesses are already being negatively impacted by the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the United States, including many members of the Kiva community. Whether it’s your favorite neighborhood coffee shop, your best friend who owns a storefront or a local grower you support at the farmer's market, millions of American businesses will be disrupted when employees and customers must stay home and supply chains break down.

Many of those businesses and entrepreneurs are currently looking for financial relief to survive the...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Happy International Women’s Day!

We had the most amazing time celebrating women in the Kiva community and around the world. In the past week, this community has lent over $4 million to almost 40,000 women in 57 countries!

So what did our week look like?

 

 

First, we kicked off seven days of celebrations with an...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

This past Wednesday, March 4th, we had the pleasure of hosting an event in Oakland, Ca. in honor of International Women’s Day and the announcement of the new Kiva Oakland Hub in partnership with Centro Community Partners. Oakland has been, and continues to be, a thriving Kiva U.S. Hub with over 800 loans dispersed throughout the city. As a part of our monumental celebration, we unveiled a mural encouraging event attendees from all over the Bay Area to write what “A powerful woman is...” to them.

 

...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

At Kiva, we don't need a special holiday to uplift women—that's our business as usual. But we are celebrating by MATCHING loans to women on March 8 and March 9! Double your impact for women today!

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

On International Women's Day, we're celebrating women all over the world! One of those women is Joyeuse, a Kiva borrower. She's a Jibu water franchise owner in Rwanda, and her Kiva loan completely changed her business, her community and her life!

Check out the video below, filmed in Rwanda by Kiva media fellow Jeremy Jue, to hear more about Joyeuse's story!

 

...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

For nearly 15 years, the Kiva community has become a spark of hope and support for over 2.8 million ambitious, multi-tasking, powerful women in 98 countries. This incredible, hardworking community has chosen to celebrate and empower women by funding over $1 billion in loans to women borrowers over the years.

That doesn’t happen in one day. This happens every day.
 

Jacqueline from Rwanda used her Kiva loan to...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

This post was written by Gabriela Aleman, Kiva's Impact Investments Fellow for Latin America, during her travels.

 

Something that I’m so amazed by is how food can illustrate changes experienced by communities over generations. Traveling around the world, or even around the corner to a new restaurant, allows you to taste culture through a shared interest. By using food as my critical lens, I learned about the impact of climate change on global farming.

As a Fellow, you have the...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Our third letter comes from Nicole Morris, who just completed a six-month internship at our San Francisco office as a Community Support and Engagement intern. Her next steps: spending two months backpacking Europe and then continuing non-profit work, hopefully in the Bay Area.

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Before the end of 2019, I participated in the first Kiva SF office cleanout. Having been employed for only 5 months, I did not expect to find anything sentimental in the piles of papers, files,...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

This piece was written by Elisha Hodgson, who has been working as a Community Support associate at Kiva for over a year now in our Portland offices. Doing double-duty, he also serves at Portland's office vibe manager.

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So, what’s it like working on the Community Support and Engagement (CS) team at Kiva?

On the surface, the experience of responding to inquiries all day seems to be a bit straight-...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

The start of February brought us the beginning of our 38th class of Kiva Fellows! We welcomed our new fellows, Nils and Pranav, to Kiva with a week of training and festivities.

 

Kiva Fellows come to us from various walks of life. Nils (left) previously served in the Peace Corps in Benin while Pranav (right) worked with the UNHCR in Sudan. Both have a deep passion for and experience in socially driven finance.
 

...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

If your stomach is rumbling and begging for tantalizing snacks, street vendors are a great option. Vendors’ delicious and affordable food often represents their passion for sharing their culture. In addition to their own unique carts and treats, each vendor has a story of how they started their business.

Meet Adjogno! She works tirelessly every day to bring a better life for her family, who is her motivation. She will do anything she can to help them finish their education. "I enjoy working; my biggest motivation is my children," Adjogno said, "I want them to go to the...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Many people dream of owning their own house. Home is where you build your memories. Shelter is a basic human need.

Isbelia lives with her husband and her 1-year-old child in a rural area near San Vincente, El Salvador. As a mobile nurse, she travels to the surrounding communities to provide medicine, conduct check-ups and give injections. She also sells clothes from her home to contribute to the household income.
 
Isbelia’s family home was built on dirt, without tile floors, and her roof was in disrepair. But she got a Kiva loan to fix the roof and add...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

In 2019, Kiva branched out in a big way. From Protocol to Kiva Capital, we have ever more reasons to depend on our editing and translating volunteers for the loan review process. This community of over 430 Review and Translation Program (RTP) volunteers regularly review 16k loan profiles each month (the current record is 21,221 profiles c. December 2018!) before they go live to Kiva.org -- thus bolstering Kiva’s due diligence process.

While the lender community chooses from the many diverse loan options that volunteers review, it’s important to note...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Various Kiva volunteers coming together for a happy hour I helped plan and host. Many special people in this photo!

Our second letter comes from Sarah Klem, who just completed a year-long internship at our San Francisco office as an RTP intern. Her next step: heading to India to assist in a mission to set up mental health programming for children.

I am an avid and frantic planner: details and timetables and random directions are constantly swirling around in my head...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Imagine your home as a daycare with 15 kids, with the responsibility to take care of all of them and make sure they are healthy and happy. It might be overwhelming. But for Rosalba, it’s been her dream to run a daycare.

Rosalba lives with her 2 children in a poor neighborhood of Medellin, Colombia. She opened up about the hardships she faced and the challenges in working long hours in daycare. "I could easily work less and only care about making money, but I do this with love and care for the children." 



She understands the children's...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

This post was written by Sree Kotipalli, the Kiva Fellows and Interns Program intern.

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This week, we welcomed 11 interns into our Kiva family! This marks our 25th cohort of interns and the very first time that we’ve hosted training week in Portland.

Our impressive cohort was selected out of a competitive pool of over 250 applicants. These interns will now go on to work with nine different teams across our offices in San Francisco, Portland and New York City.


...
Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Luke Seidl, Kiva's Senior Investment Manager of Small & Growing Businesses, explains how Kiva Labs works and the successes we've had so far.

The missing middle challenge

There are many amazing small businesses in emerging markets run by brilliant social entrepreneurs that cannot obtain the financing required to grow. Kiva Labs: Social Enterprises helps them bridge that gap and scale their impact. In just three years, Kiva Labs has made over 100 direct loans, totaling $5.3 million, to more than 80 social...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Go to the gym! Floss more! Eat healthier! Read more! Learn a new language!

We all have New Year’s resolutions, and some are harder to keep than others. But what if we told you that the easiest New Year’s resolution to keep takes only 90 seconds and makes a difference year-round?

It’s time to sign up for Monthly Good if you want to make a difference in 2020.

With Monthly Good, lending has never been easier. All you have to do...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

What can I give back?

This has been a recurring question I’ve asked myself while interviewing Kiva borrowers in Nicaragua. As a Kiva Investment Fellow, I was sent to collect data, audit payment reporting and report on metrics.

While I consider myself part of the less colorful side of Kiva, it’s work I enjoy the most because of the fulfillment I have in quantifying and measuring financial impact.

As I sat in front of these borrowers and felt and saw the fruits of...

Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with lending

Apr 4, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

As a fearless leader and caretaker, Elpidia Esther started a small business out of her home in order to fulfill the needs of her family and new neighborhood. Elpidia is the first of many inhabitants of a neighborhood in the municipality of Soledad, Colombia. With that being said, her store did not pop up overnight. In fact, she credits her leap of faith to her sister and her niece. They often serve as her biggest motivators and cheerleaders. They pushed her to open up her convenience store in Soledad and to apply for a loan on Kiva.

...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

For Martha Magali, a mother from Peru, being able to buy a cow could mean the difference between her and a better life. 

From a young age, Martha learned all the necessary skills and knowledge needed for raising livestock from her parents.  In order to provide for her family, Martha is a farmer with a specialty in raising and selling a unique breed of sheep. Everything she does, she does for her children. Although her business is successful, she wanted to speed up her earnings in order to get her...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Meet Misha...

Misha grew up in Detroit, Michigan. Surrounded by the creativity of the Motown culture in Detroit, her ambition was to become an artist. She spent a decade in New York, growing a business in jewelry design and working in the arts — all while raising two children as a single parent. Utilizing her experience in the arts, Misha began supporting her aunt and uncle with their dream of opening an art center in her hometown of Detroit. When her uncle suddenly passed away in 2013, Misha stepped into a leadership role on the...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Meet Anna Gravois, Kiva's Review and Translation Program intern! A Louisiana native, Anna has always been interested in the intersection of different cultures and languages, and loves to explore this intersection with the aid of her camera in her free time.

-

For as long as I can remember, I have been surrounded by family members speaking in Russian, Cajun-French and English simultaneously. Holidays have always been filled with platters of crawfish, pots of gumbo and...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Amidst Kiva’s Investments Week, we had the opportunity to chat with Rachel Lewis, a Senior Investment Manager for Kiva. Lewis has been with Kiva for the past 5 years, in a variety of positions. Originally, Lewis started out at Kiva as a Fellow in Albania and Kosovo! And she’s come far. In her current role as a Senior Investment Manager, Lewis manages and oversees a portfolio of Kiva partners across sub-Saharan Africa.
 

“During my time, I've been lucky enough to get to work with many of Kiva’s diverse types of partners, everything from our social...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

We recently announced major changes to the Kiva U.S. program in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. We’re eager to help small businesses struggling under the impact of this pandemic, and we’d like to answer any questions you may have.



For Lenders

Why only in the US?
We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has a global impact, and we'll continue to explore ways to help as many people affected by this crisis as possible. Currently, the U.S. market is the...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva community,

Small businesses are already being negatively impacted by the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the United States, including many members of the Kiva community. Whether it’s your favorite neighborhood coffee shop, your best friend who owns a storefront or a local grower you support at the farmer's market, millions of American businesses will be disrupted when employees and customers must stay home and supply chains break down.

Many of those businesses and entrepreneurs are currently looking for financial relief to survive the...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Happy International Women’s Day!

We had the most amazing time celebrating women in the Kiva community and around the world. In the past week, this community has lent over $4 million to almost 40,000 women in 57 countries!

So what did our week look like?

 

 

First, we kicked off seven days of celebrations with an...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

This past Wednesday, March 4th, we had the pleasure of hosting an event in Oakland, Ca. in honor of International Women’s Day and the announcement of the new Kiva Oakland Hub in partnership with Centro Community Partners. Oakland has been, and continues to be, a thriving Kiva U.S. Hub with over 800 loans dispersed throughout the city. As a part of our monumental celebration, we unveiled a mural encouraging event attendees from all over the Bay Area to write what “A powerful woman is...” to them.

 

...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ
By Channing Fisher.

At Kiva, we don't need a special holiday to uplift women—that's our business as usual. But we are celebrating by MATCHING loans to women on March 8 and March 9! Double your impact for women today!

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

On International Women's Day, we're celebrating women all over the world! One of those women is Joyeuse, a Kiva borrower. She's a Jibu water franchise owner in Rwanda, and her Kiva loan completely changed her business, her community and her life!

Check out the video below, filmed in Rwanda by Kiva media fellow Jeremy Jue, to hear more about Joyeuse's story!

 

...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

For nearly 15 years, the Kiva community has become a spark of hope and support for over 2.8 million ambitious, multi-tasking, powerful women in 98 countries. This incredible, hardworking community has chosen to celebrate and empower women by funding over $1 billion in loans to women borrowers over the years.

That doesn’t happen in one day. This happens every day.
 

Jacqueline from Rwanda used her Kiva loan to...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

This post was written by Gabriela Aleman, Kiva's Impact Investments Fellow for Latin America, during her travels.

 

Something that I’m so amazed by is how food can illustrate changes experienced by communities over generations. Traveling around the world, or even around the corner to a new restaurant, allows you to taste culture through a shared interest. By using food as my critical lens, I learned about the impact of climate change on global farming.

As a Fellow, you have the...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Our third letter comes from Nicole Morris, who just completed a six-month internship at our San Francisco office as a Community Support and Engagement intern. Her next steps: spending two months backpacking Europe and then continuing non-profit work, hopefully in the Bay Area.

__

 

Before the end of 2019, I participated in the first Kiva SF office cleanout. Having been employed for only 5 months, I did not expect to find anything sentimental in the piles of papers, files,...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

This piece was written by Elisha Hodgson, who has been working as a Community Support associate at Kiva for over a year now in our Portland offices. Doing double-duty, he also serves at Portland's office vibe manager.

_

 

So, what’s it like working on the Community Support and Engagement (CS) team at Kiva?

On the surface, the experience of responding to inquiries all day seems to be a bit straight-...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

The start of February brought us the beginning of our 38th class of Kiva Fellows! We welcomed our new fellows, Nils and Pranav, to Kiva with a week of training and festivities.

 

Kiva Fellows come to us from various walks of life. Nils (left) previously served in the Peace Corps in Benin while Pranav (right) worked with the UNHCR in Sudan. Both have a deep passion for and experience in socially driven finance.
 

...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

If your stomach is rumbling and begging for tantalizing snacks, street vendors are a great option. Vendors’ delicious and affordable food often represents their passion for sharing their culture. In addition to their own unique carts and treats, each vendor has a story of how they started their business.

Meet Adjogno! She works tirelessly every day to bring a better life for her family, who is her motivation. She will do anything she can to help them finish their education. "I enjoy working; my biggest motivation is my children," Adjogno said, "I want them to go to the...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Many people dream of owning their own house. Home is where you build your memories. Shelter is a basic human need.

Isbelia lives with her husband and her 1-year-old child in a rural area near San Vincente, El Salvador. As a mobile nurse, she travels to the surrounding communities to provide medicine, conduct check-ups and give injections. She also sells clothes from her home to contribute to the household income.
 
Isbelia’s family home was built on dirt, without tile floors, and her roof was in disrepair. But she got a Kiva loan to fix the roof and add...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

In 2019, Kiva branched out in a big way. From Protocol to Kiva Capital, we have ever more reasons to depend on our editing and translating volunteers for the loan review process. This community of over 430 Review and Translation Program (RTP) volunteers regularly review 16k loan profiles each month (the current record is 21,221 profiles c. December 2018!) before they go live to Kiva.org -- thus bolstering Kiva’s due diligence process.

While the lender community chooses from the many diverse loan options that volunteers review, it’s important to note...

Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Various Kiva volunteers coming together for a happy hour I helped plan and host. Many special people in this photo!

Our second letter comes from Sarah Klem, who just completed a year-long internship at our San Francisco office as an RTP intern. Her next step: heading to India to assist in a mission to set up mental health programming for children.

I am an avid and frantic planner: details and timetables and random directions are constantly swirling around in my head...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Imagine your home as a daycare with 15 kids, with the responsibility to take care of all of them and make sure they are healthy and happy. It might be overwhelming. But for Rosalba, it’s been her dream to run a daycare.

Rosalba lives with her 2 children in a poor neighborhood of Medellin, Colombia. She opened up about the hardships she faced and the challenges in working long hours in daycare. "I could easily work less and only care about making money, but I do this with love and care for the children." 



She understands the children's...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2020 KV Kiva HQ
By Casey Miller

This post was written by Sree Kotipalli, the Kiva Fellows and Interns Program intern.

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This week, we welcomed 11 interns into our Kiva family! This marks our 25th cohort of interns and the very first time that we’ve hosted training week in Portland.

Our impressive cohort was selected out of a competitive pool of over 250 applicants. These interns will now go on to work with nine different teams across our offices in San Francisco, Portland and New York City.


...
Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Luke Seidl, Kiva's Senior Investment Manager of Small & Growing Businesses, explains how Kiva Labs works and the successes we've had so far.

The missing middle challenge

There are many amazing small businesses in emerging markets run by brilliant social entrepreneurs that cannot obtain the financing required to grow. Kiva Labs: Social Enterprises helps them bridge that gap and scale their impact. In just three years, Kiva Labs has made over 100 direct loans, totaling $5.3 million, to more than 80 social...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Go to the gym! Floss more! Eat healthier! Read more! Learn a new language!

We all have New Year’s resolutions, and some are harder to keep than others. But what if we told you that the easiest New Year’s resolution to keep takes only 90 seconds and makes a difference year-round?

It’s time to sign up for Monthly Good if you want to make a difference in 2020.

With Monthly Good, lending has never been easier. All you have to do...

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

What can I give back?

This has been a recurring question I’ve asked myself while interviewing Kiva borrowers in Nicaragua. As a Kiva Investment Fellow, I was sent to collect data, audit payment reporting and report on metrics.

While I consider myself part of the less colorful side of Kiva, it’s work I enjoy the most because of the fulfillment I have in quantifying and measuring financial impact.

As I sat in front of these borrowers and felt and saw the fruits of...

Continue Reading >>

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