Blog posts tagged with loans

Jun 6, 2020 KV Kiva HQ


Meet Sam Shain, Kiva's Credit Operations intern! A North Carolina State University alum, Sam recently graduated with a degree in International Studies, concentrating in Global Sustainability & Development. Now, he's mid-internship with the Credit Operations team at Kiva HQ in San Francisco.
 



When I was six years old, I galvanized my church congregation to donate to Heifer International, a global nonprofit working to eradicate poverty and hunger across the globe. I’d been taught the sustainable,...

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May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

CEO Neville Crawley was interviewed on CNN First Move this past Tuesday morning, May 26, about Kiva's strategy and the world of microfinance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Have you ever been consumed by passion when creating something? So much so that it gives you an unexplainable feeling that makes you want to keep on doing that very thing over and over?

For Wayan from Indonesia, Balinese wood carving does just that for him.  
 


"Balinese wood carving touches me very deeply. I have learned a variety of arts in Bali, such as gamelan dance, but carving a piece of wood gives me an incomparable sensation," says Wayan. 

More...

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May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Earlier this May, Andre Haddad joined the Kiva board of directors. Andre is the CEO of leading peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace, Turo, and was previously CEO of Shopping.com before its $600m acquisition from eBay in 2005. 

A Kiva lender since 2006, Andre is a long-time supporter of the crowd-funding loan platform and its mission to empower entrepreneurs around the world to change lives and communities. Andre will leverage his 20 years of experience building marketplaces to help Kiva create delightful consumer experiences and grow its consumer base....

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

In The Light in the Heart, Roy T. Bennit wrote: “Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savoring the journey.”

Meet Zhumabubu, a 64-year old single mother living in Chuy, Kyrgyzstan. She has 7 children who live in different cities, including her youngest who has learning disabilities and still lives with her at the farmhouse.

 

...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

On Thursday, May 22, Kiva partner Sofia Vergara joined Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to talk about Kiva and the COVID-19 Response fund. Check it out!

 

... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

At 73 years old, Estanislao has one of the most important jobs of humankind. As a farmer, he provides us nourishment by growing tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplants for us to eat. 

He also provides employment to his community in Sensuntepeque, El Salvador and is the sole breadwinner in his family of 7. 

How did he do it? 

He focused on growth, adapted to change and asked for help when needed. 
 ...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Meet Bandana Jethi! Bandana is a single mother of two, a rice paddy farmer, and a businesswoman from Mundahahapatana, India, where she lives with her parents and brother.

 

 

Bandana has mastered the art of cultivating and selling rice. When her own paddy field is not producing, she buys rice from other farmers, rents a truck, and drives to Bhubaneswar, where she sells the rice for a profit. However, Bandana is not the only...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ


This piece comes from Luke Seidl, Kiva’s Senior Investment Manager of Small & Growing Businesses.

 

 

Introducing Cycle Connect

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kiva Social Enterprise team has reached out to all of the 85 businesses we’ve supported to check-in and understand their situations. We want to share this particular story of one loan recipient, which illustrates the type of businesses...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

 

At age 60, Blanca works 12 hours a day at her bakery stand in Ciudad El Triunfo in El Salvador.

By 7 a.m., she’s preparing the first batch of warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven bread along with her husband. If needed, she travels more than 20 miles on public transportation to buy supplies in the city, finishes around 7 p.m. and the next day - repeats.

She’s been doing this for more than 19 years!

...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Rain pummeled the roof and windows of the truck as we came to a halt and surveyed the scene before us. A raging river, some 400 meters across and extending in either direction far beyond eyesight, roared - where a few hours ago there had been an easily passable stream. The dirt road we had been bumping along had turned to mud. Thick forest enveloped the surrounding mountains, blotting out the clouds from which the rain poured down. There was no way we would make it across the river, and there were no other roads out of town. So we hunkered down in the truck and we waited.

...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ


Like Delene, more than 75 percent of the population in Haiti lacks access to electricity.

Regardless of being off the grid, the courageous single mother and business owner would stay resilient to make the best out of her circumstances, staying positive and doing what she could. Yet, the reality of not having electricity was still present.

So, how would she cook her delicious Haitian stew in the evening? How would her son do his homework once the sun went down?
 

... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Ayer, la actriz y activista Sofía Vergara anunció su alianza con Kiva y estará contribuyendo al fondo de Respuesta Global del COVID-19. Veanlo!







Únete al movimiento con Sofia y Kiva! Infórmate más sobre el Fondo de Respuesta Global del COVID-19 y has una contribución hoy!

...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Yesterday, actress and activist Sofia Vergara announced her partnership with Kiva, and her contribution to the Global COVID-19 Response fund. Check it out!





Join the movement with Sofia and Kiva! Find out more about the Global COVID-19 Response fund and make a contribution today.

Interested...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

 

 

Today, we’ve announced a global response to support small businesses, entrepreneurs, farmers, and families globally who urgently need financial assistance due to COVID-19. This fund is supported by actress Sofia Vergara along with partners like Hitachi and the Hiscox Foundation, and will focus on providing direct funds to vulnerable populations like minorities, women, and those in isolated areas.


...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

"The harvest I get after working with Apollo is not comparable to what I used to harvest before joining Apollo. From the harvest [now], I'm able to sell and get money to pay school fees, and take my kids for school, and still get enough for food at home."

Kiva media fellow Jeremy Jue captured Wilson's amazing story about working with our Field Partner Apollo Agriculture in Kenya. Check it out!

 

 

...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

At Kiva, we’ve been making changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to new and difficult economic problems across the world.

One group we’ve been in close contact with throughout this process is our Field Partners, who are responsible for disbursing loans to our borrowers and collecting repayments on the ground in the many countries where we operate. Our Field Partners are local nonprofits, microfinance institutions, schools, social enterprises and NGOs — many...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

 

Meet Elina Pandey, Kiva's Tech Operations intern! She's originally from Nepal, now working in Kiva HQ in the tech department.

 



2013 was one of the most exciting years of my life and also the year I had the opportunity to make my “American Dream” true.

Coming to America, I won’t lie, was a not-so-easy transition for the first few years....

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva expresses much gratitude and appreciation for our fellows, volunteers and interns who put in the countless hours to make an impact in our community and the world. With International Volunteer Week coming to a close, we not only commend our volunteers this week but also every day.


We want to wrap up our celebrations by spotlighting some more of our volunteers. Learn about who they are and what they do here at Kiva!

 

RTP Volunteer: Renata Wolff...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

With the start of International Volunteer Week, we want to continue showing gratitude for our wonderful volunteers. At Kiva, our volunteers work diligently to make an impact for our community, whether that be in the office or in the field.

Get to know some of Kiva’s volunteers through their experiences, stories and careers!

 

RTP Volunteer: Ronan Reodica

...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva borrowers located in the United States go through a "private" fundraising period before their loan is published on the website for lenders to contribute. In this period, they'll reach out to their community of customers, friends and family to contribute to their loan as a form of "social underwriting." 

This can seem intimidating at first, but most borrowers are surprised at how willing people are to support them! CEO of Fresh to Def Collective and Kiva borrower Hope Lehman talks about her experience with the private fundraising period. She’s a borrower who felt...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2020 KV Kiva HQ
 
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Apr 4, 2020 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 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 16,000 loans per month. Their skills are so appreciated and just last year, they...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Algo que me siempre me ha sorprendido es cómo la comida puede ilustrar los cambios vividos por comunidades durante varias generaciones. Viajar por el mundo, o incluso a la vuelta de la esquina a un nuevo restaurante, me permite saborear la cultura a través de un interés compartido. Al usar la comida como mi lente crítica, aprendí sobre el impacto del cambio climático en la agricultura global.

Como Fellow de Kiva, tengo la oportunidad de visitar las áreas donde Kiva invierte mucho para promover la inclusión financiera en comunidades desatendidas. Aquí...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

This week marks International Volunteer Week, a celebration of the people that sacrifice their time to selflessly help others. For us, the Kiva community is something we hold close to our hearts as our motivators and inspiration. We would not be here without our partners, borrowers and lenders — but also those who make up our backbone: our volunteers.

Meet a few of the individuals that make things happen at Kiva!

 

RTP Volunteer: Lorne Warwick

...
Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with loans

Jun 6, 2020 KV Kiva HQ


Meet Sam Shain, Kiva's Credit Operations intern! A North Carolina State University alum, Sam recently graduated with a degree in International Studies, concentrating in Global Sustainability & Development. Now, he's mid-internship with the Credit Operations team at Kiva HQ in San Francisco.
 



When I was six years old, I galvanized my church congregation to donate to Heifer International, a global nonprofit working to eradicate poverty and hunger across the globe. I’d been taught the sustainable,...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

CEO Neville Crawley was interviewed on CNN First Move this past Tuesday morning, May 26, about Kiva's strategy and the world of microfinance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Have you ever been consumed by passion when creating something? So much so that it gives you an unexplainable feeling that makes you want to keep on doing that very thing over and over?

For Wayan from Indonesia, Balinese wood carving does just that for him.  
 


"Balinese wood carving touches me very deeply. I have learned a variety of arts in Bali, such as gamelan dance, but carving a piece of wood gives me an incomparable sensation," says Wayan. 

More...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Earlier this May, Andre Haddad joined the Kiva board of directors. Andre is the CEO of leading peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace, Turo, and was previously CEO of Shopping.com before its $600m acquisition from eBay in 2005. 

A Kiva lender since 2006, Andre is a long-time supporter of the crowd-funding loan platform and its mission to empower entrepreneurs around the world to change lives and communities. Andre will leverage his 20 years of experience building marketplaces to help Kiva create delightful consumer experiences and grow its consumer base....

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

In The Light in the Heart, Roy T. Bennit wrote: “Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savoring the journey.”

Meet Zhumabubu, a 64-year old single mother living in Chuy, Kyrgyzstan. She has 7 children who live in different cities, including her youngest who has learning disabilities and still lives with her at the farmhouse.

 

...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

On Thursday, May 22, Kiva partner Sofia Vergara joined Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to talk about Kiva and the COVID-19 Response fund. Check it out!

 

... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

At 73 years old, Estanislao has one of the most important jobs of humankind. As a farmer, he provides us nourishment by growing tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplants for us to eat. 

He also provides employment to his community in Sensuntepeque, El Salvador and is the sole breadwinner in his family of 7. 

How did he do it? 

He focused on growth, adapted to change and asked for help when needed. 
 ...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Meet Bandana Jethi! Bandana is a single mother of two, a rice paddy farmer, and a businesswoman from Mundahahapatana, India, where she lives with her parents and brother.

 

 

Bandana has mastered the art of cultivating and selling rice. When her own paddy field is not producing, she buys rice from other farmers, rents a truck, and drives to Bhubaneswar, where she sells the rice for a profit. However, Bandana is not the only...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ


This piece comes from Luke Seidl, Kiva’s Senior Investment Manager of Small & Growing Businesses.

 

 

Introducing Cycle Connect

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kiva Social Enterprise team has reached out to all of the 85 businesses we’ve supported to check-in and understand their situations. We want to share this particular story of one loan recipient, which illustrates the type of businesses...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

 

At age 60, Blanca works 12 hours a day at her bakery stand in Ciudad El Triunfo in El Salvador.

By 7 a.m., she’s preparing the first batch of warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven bread along with her husband. If needed, she travels more than 20 miles on public transportation to buy supplies in the city, finishes around 7 p.m. and the next day - repeats.

She’s been doing this for more than 19 years!

...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Rain pummeled the roof and windows of the truck as we came to a halt and surveyed the scene before us. A raging river, some 400 meters across and extending in either direction far beyond eyesight, roared - where a few hours ago there had been an easily passable stream. The dirt road we had been bumping along had turned to mud. Thick forest enveloped the surrounding mountains, blotting out the clouds from which the rain poured down. There was no way we would make it across the river, and there were no other roads out of town. So we hunkered down in the truck and we waited.

...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ


Like Delene, more than 75 percent of the population in Haiti lacks access to electricity.

Regardless of being off the grid, the courageous single mother and business owner would stay resilient to make the best out of her circumstances, staying positive and doing what she could. Yet, the reality of not having electricity was still present.

So, how would she cook her delicious Haitian stew in the evening? How would her son do his homework once the sun went down?
 

... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Ayer, la actriz y activista Sofía Vergara anunció su alianza con Kiva y estará contribuyendo al fondo de Respuesta Global del COVID-19. Veanlo!







Únete al movimiento con Sofia y Kiva! Infórmate más sobre el Fondo de Respuesta Global del COVID-19 y has una contribución hoy!

...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Yesterday, actress and activist Sofia Vergara announced her partnership with Kiva, and her contribution to the Global COVID-19 Response fund. Check it out!





Join the movement with Sofia and Kiva! Find out more about the Global COVID-19 Response fund and make a contribution today.

Interested...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

 

 

Today, we’ve announced a global response to support small businesses, entrepreneurs, farmers, and families globally who urgently need financial assistance due to COVID-19. This fund is supported by actress Sofia Vergara along with partners like Hitachi and the Hiscox Foundation, and will focus on providing direct funds to vulnerable populations like minorities, women, and those in isolated areas.


...

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

"The harvest I get after working with Apollo is not comparable to what I used to harvest before joining Apollo. From the harvest [now], I'm able to sell and get money to pay school fees, and take my kids for school, and still get enough for food at home."

Kiva media fellow Jeremy Jue captured Wilson's amazing story about working with our Field Partner Apollo Agriculture in Kenya. Check it out!

 

 

...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

At Kiva, we’ve been making changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to new and difficult economic problems across the world.

One group we’ve been in close contact with throughout this process is our Field Partners, who are responsible for disbursing loans to our borrowers and collecting repayments on the ground in the many countries where we operate. Our Field Partners are local nonprofits, microfinance institutions, schools, social enterprises and NGOs — many...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

 

Meet Elina Pandey, Kiva's Tech Operations intern! She's originally from Nepal, now working in Kiva HQ in the tech department.

 



2013 was one of the most exciting years of my life and also the year I had the opportunity to make my “American Dream” true.

Coming to America, I won’t lie, was a not-so-easy transition for the first few years....

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva expresses much gratitude and appreciation for our fellows, volunteers and interns who put in the countless hours to make an impact in our community and the world. With International Volunteer Week coming to a close, we not only commend our volunteers this week but also every day.


We want to wrap up our celebrations by spotlighting some more of our volunteers. Learn about who they are and what they do here at Kiva!

 

RTP Volunteer: Renata Wolff...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

With the start of International Volunteer Week, we want to continue showing gratitude for our wonderful volunteers. At Kiva, our volunteers work diligently to make an impact for our community, whether that be in the office or in the field.

Get to know some of Kiva’s volunteers through their experiences, stories and careers!

 

RTP Volunteer: Ronan Reodica

...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva borrowers located in the United States go through a "private" fundraising period before their loan is published on the website for lenders to contribute. In this period, they'll reach out to their community of customers, friends and family to contribute to their loan as a form of "social underwriting." 

This can seem intimidating at first, but most borrowers are surprised at how willing people are to support them! CEO of Fresh to Def Collective and Kiva borrower Hope Lehman talks about her experience with the private fundraising period. She’s a borrower who felt...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2020 KV Kiva HQ
 
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Apr 4, 2020 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 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 16,000 loans per month. Their skills are so appreciated and just last year, they...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Algo que me siempre me ha sorprendido es cómo la comida puede ilustrar los cambios vividos por comunidades durante varias generaciones. Viajar por el mundo, o incluso a la vuelta de la esquina a un nuevo restaurante, me permite saborear la cultura a través de un interés compartido. Al usar la comida como mi lente crítica, aprendí sobre el impacto del cambio climático en la agricultura global.

Como Fellow de Kiva, tengo la oportunidad de visitar las áreas donde Kiva invierte mucho para promover la inclusión financiera en comunidades desatendidas. Aquí...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

This week marks International Volunteer Week, a celebration of the people that sacrifice their time to selflessly help others. For us, the Kiva community is something we hold close to our hearts as our motivators and inspiration. We would not be here without our partners, borrowers and lenders — but also those who make up our backbone: our volunteers.

Meet a few of the individuals that make things happen at Kiva!

 

RTP Volunteer: Lorne Warwick

...
Continue Reading >>

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