Blog posts tagged with loans

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...
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...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 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 why Kiva interns are working to become the next generation of social innovators.

Angele - Review and Translation Program (SF)


What makes working at Kiva unique?
I’ve had past internships before, and the...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

We are honored and excited to announce Neville Crawley as Kiva’s Chief Executive Officer.

Neville brings nearly 2 decades of experience in global business and technology ventures, most recently as CEO of Quid, a platform that analyzes the world's collective intelligence to help answer strategic questions.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Kiva and have the greatest respect and admiration for the good that the entire Kiva community has created,” Neville said. “As I start my work here, I bring a passion and desire to do my part to deliver ‘loans that change lives’ on... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
The books below share informative, inspirational and innovative approaches to solving global problems. Whether they help you fill free time over the holidays or are adorned with wrapping paper and a bow for the change-makers in your life, these are great works to add to anyone's collection.  

1. Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day
by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford and Orlanda Ruthven
 

 
Portfolios of the...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
We have gift ideas for all the special people on your list! Shop borrower-made artisan goods, Kiva gear and donation sets available from the Kiva Store. Every purchase helps futher Kiva's mission and helps artisan borrowers.  Just click on the "fullscreen" icon in the bottom right of the guide to see a more detailed view.
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Oceania - often pictured as tangerine skies, azure waters and palm trees - has a rich and complicated heritage. 
 
Kiva borrower Tiffany Lacsado, founder and co-owner of Oakland’s The Lei Company Cooperative, Inc, is using her business to honor her Pacific Islander heritage on her own terms. She is a Chamorro-American from Guahan (Guam), and like more than 1 million Pacific Island Americans, she now calls the U.S. mainland her home.

Tiffany Lacsado, Founder and Co-...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
This has been a busy week for Kiva. From October holidays to our latest launch in San Jose, California, there are many things to celebrate. Find a list below of holidays, innovative ideas and commemorable actions that are all worth celebrating.  


20 photos of Mexico's breathtaking Day of the Dead festival


How offices are innovating to improve our happiness, productivity and well being


Transgender women of Indonesia have a champion in a 26-year-old doctor


Welcome to the land of a...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva loves to celebrate its interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. As we pass the mark of the 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 why Kiva interns are working to become the next generation of social innovators.

Cody - Direct to Social Enterprise Team (SF)

What led you to Kiva?
Two years ago, I was working in banking, and I started having the discussion of where my...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ


When a Venture Capital firm invests in a startup business, they don’t just provide money – they also provide connections, expertise, guidance and advice.

They strengthen the social capital of the entrepreneurs they invest in, as well as their financial capital.

And this is also our vision for the Kiva U.S. program – that Kiva’s wonderful lenders, as well as lending $25 or more to the small business owners they are backing, will also connect in other ways.

Just as Mark Zuckerberg (who was a white male who went to Harvard)...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
These are the stories of everyday-ideas transformed. Read about photography as a tool for healing, a musical tradition brought back to life or an artist who uses New York City to discuss the influx of global refugees all in our favorite links of the week, below:


Empowering girls rescued from child marriage


Volunteering keeps older minds sharp


Meet the artist single-handedly reviving a dying form of music


Talk about freshness


Must-see locations of Ai Weiwei's expansive...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 LS Lesotho
The solar-powered cookstoves produced and distributed by Kiva partner African Clean Energy are no ordinary cookstoves: they cut fuel consumption, create healthier air in homes and feature a USB outlet to charge cellphones or run LED lamps.
 
For some families in Lesotho these innovative cookstoves are the only source of power in their homes. 
 
“This particular cookstove is brilliant because the USB plugin and solar panel is a HUGE help in initially winning people over,” said Chelsa Bocci, Senior Director of...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
These stories represent the efforts of innovative people to change narratives and re-think the status quo. In doing so, they are able to create solutions like providing power to a town without electricity, reimagining what beauty can look like and so much more. Check out all 5 stories below:
 


A 4-year mission to present a new vision of beauty


Scientists have made biodegradable plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide




Hospital allows kids to drive themselves to the operating room 
... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Each day when you visit Kiva’s website there are thousands of loans ready and waiting to be funded, but how do they get there? Money doesn’t grow on trees and neither do translated loans.
 
Kiva relies on an enormous network of volunteers to help edit and translate loans that come in from our partners in one of Kiva’s 5 key languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian. Today, the Kiva Review and Translation Program (RTP) volunteers edit and translate about 17,000 loans each month, and in May 2017 they hit a record of 20,777 loans edited...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Yasmin is a guest blogger and local high school student spearheading the creation of a KivaU program on her campus. The KivaU program is Kiva's youth and educational engagement program, which launched in August of 2013 and is currently made up of over 82,000 educators, students and parents who use Kiva as a tool to better understand and impact the world they live in. KivaU is currently present in more than 4,000 schools, universities and youth groups around the world. To learn more about the KivaU program, check it out at KivaU.org. 



...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Whether it's women gathering to prevent injustices or a man fulfilling a lofty dream, below are stories of how people use their resources and circumstances to create something meaningful. Check out all 5 below:



An all-women police force tackles sexual harassment in India


Brain injury survivors share self-portraits: "Art helped me tell my story"


The sweet-maker teaching Google about creativity


22 girls in Queens form first homeless Girl Scout troop

Undocumented immigrant turned renowned... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2017 GH Ghana

 
A mark of a truly impactful organization is the ability to influence multiple aspects of a community’s well-being with one action. iDE Ghana is aiming to do just that, with an unlikely tool: toilets!
 
The nonprofit works in the rural regions of northern Ghana to help improve financial access, nutrition, gender equality, resilience to climate change and sanitation. 
 
Kiva recently partnered with iDE Ghana to implement the SAMA SAMA toilet project, which  aims to...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

In honor of World Refugee Day on June 20, people across the globe are coming together on Kiva to crowdfund $500,000 in loans for refugees, displaced peoples and their host communities – helping them move beyond emergency aid to regain some stability and build for the future.

The loans are used to help refugees, displaced peoples and host communities start or expand a business, increase incomes and create jobs. They  are currently crowdfunding on Kiva.org/Refugees and will be matched dollar-for-dollar on June 20 through the new Kiva World Refugee Fund.

The... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is on the verge of funding $1 billion in life-changing loans to people around the world. This is the second in a two-part series tracing Kiva’s path from nonprofit startup and crowdfunding pioneer to a global force for good, pushing the boundaries of lending.

Sometimes the problems in the world feel so big, it’s hard to imagine any individual can make a dent. In those moments of paralysis consider this: Kiva lenders collectively crowdfund more than $1 million in loans every 3 days. Those collective dollars translate into real power to do good in the world and... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is on the verge of funding $1 billion in life-changing loans to people around the world. This is the first in a two-part series tracing Kiva’s path from nonprofit startup to nonprofit unicorn pushing the boundaries of lending.

There’s a persistent, toxic myth that people living in poverty don’t want to work, that they don’t dream of and strive for more, and that their lives are to be pitied.

But anyone from these communities, or anyone able to take time to travel and connect, knows nothing could be further from the truth.

The wealthy... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Small businesses usually wait until they’re profitable before they try to do good. But Mamacitas Cafe, a local restaurant in Oakland, Calif., incorporated social responsibility into their DNA from the start. 
 
“The model is really our core mission. The whole reason for starting the business was to create jobs and leadership opportunities for young women in the community,” Shana, one of the co-founders, shared. “That will always be a constant in how we prioritize business decisions.”


 
To build a...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 MX Mexico
This is part 4 of a 4 part series about Kiva's very first Lender Field trip to Mexico City in February 2017. The author, lender Sonia, is an ordained minister in California who is married with three kids. Sonia is an advocate for affordable housing, after school programs and immigrant rights in Los Angeles County, but remains very passionate about stewardship in the global community.

When I discovered Kiva two years ago, I excitedly studied the website and immediately began to participate in microlending all over the world. I began by lending to individuals and groups... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2017 US United States

Kiva US supports thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners in America with microloans ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. With 0% interest and no collateral required, Kiva’s platform offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs in the United States

What could your business do with an extra $10,000? How many improvements could be made? Many entrepreneurs across the country are already taking advantage of Kiva U.S. and here are 7 reasons they decided to ask for a loan. Do any of these cases sound familiar?



1) Invest in...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

From mid-2015 through mid-2016, Kiva’s product, design and engineering teams took on a sizeable, 3-part challenge:
 

-- Merge the functionality and content of a separate, “beta” website – Kiva Zip – into Kiva’s main lending website

...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2017 MX Mexico
For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders were extended the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. Recently, 7 lenders visited 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It was a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close.

This post is the third of a 4 part series, which came to us from the lender trip. This piece was contributed by Michael, who has been lending on Kiva since 2011.

... Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with loans

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...
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...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
By Carly Bertolozzi
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 why Kiva interns are working to become the next generation of social innovators.

Angele - Review and Translation Program (SF)


What makes working at Kiva unique?
I’ve had past internships before, and the...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

We are honored and excited to announce Neville Crawley as Kiva’s Chief Executive Officer.

Neville brings nearly 2 decades of experience in global business and technology ventures, most recently as CEO of Quid, a platform that analyzes the world's collective intelligence to help answer strategic questions.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Kiva and have the greatest respect and admiration for the good that the entire Kiva community has created,” Neville said. “As I start my work here, I bring a passion and desire to do my part to deliver ‘loans that change lives’ on... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
The books below share informative, inspirational and innovative approaches to solving global problems. Whether they help you fill free time over the holidays or are adorned with wrapping paper and a bow for the change-makers in your life, these are great works to add to anyone's collection.  

1. Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day
by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford and Orlanda Ruthven
 

 
Portfolios of the...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
We have gift ideas for all the special people on your list! Shop borrower-made artisan goods, Kiva gear and donation sets available from the Kiva Store. Every purchase helps futher Kiva's mission and helps artisan borrowers.  Just click on the "fullscreen" icon in the bottom right of the guide to see a more detailed view.
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Oceania - often pictured as tangerine skies, azure waters and palm trees - has a rich and complicated heritage. 
 
Kiva borrower Tiffany Lacsado, founder and co-owner of Oakland’s The Lei Company Cooperative, Inc, is using her business to honor her Pacific Islander heritage on her own terms. She is a Chamorro-American from Guahan (Guam), and like more than 1 million Pacific Island Americans, she now calls the U.S. mainland her home.

Tiffany Lacsado, Founder and Co-...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
This has been a busy week for Kiva. From October holidays to our latest launch in San Jose, California, there are many things to celebrate. Find a list below of holidays, innovative ideas and commemorable actions that are all worth celebrating.  


20 photos of Mexico's breathtaking Day of the Dead festival


How offices are innovating to improve our happiness, productivity and well being


Transgender women of Indonesia have a champion in a 26-year-old doctor


Welcome to the land of a...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva loves to celebrate its interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. As we pass the mark of the 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 why Kiva interns are working to become the next generation of social innovators.

Cody - Direct to Social Enterprise Team (SF)

What led you to Kiva?
Two years ago, I was working in banking, and I started having the discussion of where my...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ


When a Venture Capital firm invests in a startup business, they don’t just provide money – they also provide connections, expertise, guidance and advice.

They strengthen the social capital of the entrepreneurs they invest in, as well as their financial capital.

And this is also our vision for the Kiva U.S. program – that Kiva’s wonderful lenders, as well as lending $25 or more to the small business owners they are backing, will also connect in other ways.

Just as Mark Zuckerberg (who was a white male who went to Harvard)...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
These are the stories of everyday-ideas transformed. Read about photography as a tool for healing, a musical tradition brought back to life or an artist who uses New York City to discuss the influx of global refugees all in our favorite links of the week, below:


Empowering girls rescued from child marriage


Volunteering keeps older minds sharp


Meet the artist single-handedly reviving a dying form of music


Talk about freshness


Must-see locations of Ai Weiwei's expansive...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 LS Lesotho
The solar-powered cookstoves produced and distributed by Kiva partner African Clean Energy are no ordinary cookstoves: they cut fuel consumption, create healthier air in homes and feature a USB outlet to charge cellphones or run LED lamps.
 
For some families in Lesotho these innovative cookstoves are the only source of power in their homes. 
 
“This particular cookstove is brilliant because the USB plugin and solar panel is a HUGE help in initially winning people over,” said Chelsa Bocci, Senior Director of...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
These stories represent the efforts of innovative people to change narratives and re-think the status quo. In doing so, they are able to create solutions like providing power to a town without electricity, reimagining what beauty can look like and so much more. Check out all 5 stories below:
 


A 4-year mission to present a new vision of beauty


Scientists have made biodegradable plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide




Hospital allows kids to drive themselves to the operating room 
... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Each day when you visit Kiva’s website there are thousands of loans ready and waiting to be funded, but how do they get there? Money doesn’t grow on trees and neither do translated loans.
 
Kiva relies on an enormous network of volunteers to help edit and translate loans that come in from our partners in one of Kiva’s 5 key languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian. Today, the Kiva Review and Translation Program (RTP) volunteers edit and translate about 17,000 loans each month, and in May 2017 they hit a record of 20,777 loans edited...
Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Yasmin is a guest blogger and local high school student spearheading the creation of a KivaU program on her campus. The KivaU program is Kiva's youth and educational engagement program, which launched in August of 2013 and is currently made up of over 82,000 educators, students and parents who use Kiva as a tool to better understand and impact the world they live in. KivaU is currently present in more than 4,000 schools, universities and youth groups around the world. To learn more about the KivaU program, check it out at KivaU.org. 



...
Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Whether it's women gathering to prevent injustices or a man fulfilling a lofty dream, below are stories of how people use their resources and circumstances to create something meaningful. Check out all 5 below:



An all-women police force tackles sexual harassment in India


Brain injury survivors share self-portraits: "Art helped me tell my story"


The sweet-maker teaching Google about creativity


22 girls in Queens form first homeless Girl Scout troop

Undocumented immigrant turned renowned... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2017 GH Ghana

 
A mark of a truly impactful organization is the ability to influence multiple aspects of a community’s well-being with one action. iDE Ghana is aiming to do just that, with an unlikely tool: toilets!
 
The nonprofit works in the rural regions of northern Ghana to help improve financial access, nutrition, gender equality, resilience to climate change and sanitation. 
 
Kiva recently partnered with iDE Ghana to implement the SAMA SAMA toilet project, which  aims to...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

In honor of World Refugee Day on June 20, people across the globe are coming together on Kiva to crowdfund $500,000 in loans for refugees, displaced peoples and their host communities – helping them move beyond emergency aid to regain some stability and build for the future.

The loans are used to help refugees, displaced peoples and host communities start or expand a business, increase incomes and create jobs. They  are currently crowdfunding on Kiva.org/Refugees and will be matched dollar-for-dollar on June 20 through the new Kiva World Refugee Fund.

The... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is on the verge of funding $1 billion in life-changing loans to people around the world. This is the second in a two-part series tracing Kiva’s path from nonprofit startup and crowdfunding pioneer to a global force for good, pushing the boundaries of lending.

Sometimes the problems in the world feel so big, it’s hard to imagine any individual can make a dent. In those moments of paralysis consider this: Kiva lenders collectively crowdfund more than $1 million in loans every 3 days. Those collective dollars translate into real power to do good in the world and... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is on the verge of funding $1 billion in life-changing loans to people around the world. This is the first in a two-part series tracing Kiva’s path from nonprofit startup to nonprofit unicorn pushing the boundaries of lending.

There’s a persistent, toxic myth that people living in poverty don’t want to work, that they don’t dream of and strive for more, and that their lives are to be pitied.

But anyone from these communities, or anyone able to take time to travel and connect, knows nothing could be further from the truth.

The wealthy... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Small businesses usually wait until they’re profitable before they try to do good. But Mamacitas Cafe, a local restaurant in Oakland, Calif., incorporated social responsibility into their DNA from the start. 
 
“The model is really our core mission. The whole reason for starting the business was to create jobs and leadership opportunities for young women in the community,” Shana, one of the co-founders, shared. “That will always be a constant in how we prioritize business decisions.”


 
To build a...
Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2017 MX Mexico
This is part 4 of a 4 part series about Kiva's very first Lender Field trip to Mexico City in February 2017. The author, lender Sonia, is an ordained minister in California who is married with three kids. Sonia is an advocate for affordable housing, after school programs and immigrant rights in Los Angeles County, but remains very passionate about stewardship in the global community.

When I discovered Kiva two years ago, I excitedly studied the website and immediately began to participate in microlending all over the world. I began by lending to individuals and groups... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2017 US United States
By Maria Oliveira-Tamellini

Kiva US supports thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners in America with microloans ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. With 0% interest and no collateral required, Kiva’s platform offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs in the United States

What could your business do with an extra $10,000? How many improvements could be made? Many entrepreneurs across the country are already taking advantage of Kiva U.S. and here are 7 reasons they decided to ask for a loan. Do any of these cases sound familiar?



1) Invest in...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

From mid-2015 through mid-2016, Kiva’s product, design and engineering teams took on a sizeable, 3-part challenge:
 

-- Merge the functionality and content of a separate, “beta” website – Kiva Zip – into Kiva’s main lending website

...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2017 MX Mexico
For the first time ever, a few lucky and devoted Kiva lenders were extended the opportunity to see Kiva at work on the ground. Recently, 7 lenders visited 2 Kiva Field Partners and their borrowers in Mexico City, as part of our first lender trip to the field. It was a unique and thrilling opportunity to see Kiva dollars at work, transforming lives and communities up close.

This post is the third of a 4 part series, which came to us from the lender trip. This piece was contributed by Michael, who has been lending on Kiva since 2011.

... Continue Reading >>

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