Kiva Blog Updates

Jan 15, 2019 KV Kiva HQ
Have you already broken your resolutions even though we are only two weeks into the new year? Fortunately for you, there are numerous New Years coming up in 2019. Here are 5 New Year celebrations from around the world that do not fall on January 1. 
"Thailand - During Songkran" - Photo by dominique cappronnier 

If you’re not a fan of getting soaked, this New Year celebration may not be the one for you. Songkran is a Thai...

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Jan 3, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

With the smell of warm spices and herbs wafting out its open doors, Cafe el Patio sits nestled in a bustling plaza in Fruitvale, Oakland. Allan is the man behind the counter, the kitchen and the cafe itself. He jokingly described his role, “I am the front end, back end, in the kitchen, everything is all me.” Allan is a Kiva borrower and Cafe el Patio is the brainchild of the Bay Area native. 

Fresh out of university, Allan struggled to secure a job. “After months and months of applications [to no avail] and driving for Uber and...

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Dec 18, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Aref holding a pamphlet of his cafe

Aref arrived in the United States as a refugee 2 years ago. Born in Sudan, raised in Saudi Arabia and educated in India, he now calls San Francisco home. Though trained as a financier, Aref found his passion and livelihood when he opened Z Zoul Cafe serving the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco.

When he first started, the space where his cafe is located was in dire condition. Aref explained, “I had to clean it myself. It was all full of...

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Dec 5, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
As the temperatures drop lower and holiday lights get brighter, there is nothing more we’d love to do than curl up in front of the fireplace and welcome the fast approaching holiday season. Here are 5 links we love that will notch up your holiday spirit!

Lights, Camera, Action? - Holiday lights pictures from around the world 
NatGeo showcases extraordinary pictures from individuals around the world, proving that holiday lights shine across cultures and religions.

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Dec 4, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Tucked away in La Cocina, a San Francisco kitchen incubator, is a woman living out her American dream. Her name is Nafy Flatley, and she came to the United States 10 years ago from Senegal, armed with a promise to her mother to bring back a degree and one to herself to live out her dreams.
The inspiration behind her move to the U.S. is not what you might expect.

“In Africa, we watch a lot of soap operas,” Nafy explained. “One that really influenced me was Beverly Hills 90210. And I’m seeing all of these kids at age 14, 16, working, driving cars, living...

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Oct 18, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
There are more than 7.5 billion people in the world today, and one of our most fascinating traits as humans is our diversity. That is why at Kiva, we love learning about new and different customs and traditions. Here is a list of 5 uncommon traditions from around the world you may have never heard of.   Denmark

"Bikes at Frederiksberg Allé, Denmark." Photo by Kristoffer Trolle


In Denmark, there is a tradition where if you remain unmarried...

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Oct 16, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

As we all work towards a better and brighter future, these are findings that offer a glimpse into life in the past. From an energy efficient Egyptian pigment to a 1700-year-old ancient sock, these 5 anthropological findings remind us that though we have a long road ahead of us, we have also come a long way as innovators. 

Egyptian blue: The energy efficient ancient pigment

Neanderthals and fire: Our distant cousins...

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Sep 20, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Brookside Youth Center

From inside a small juvenile detention center in Ontario, Canada, a group of young men have lent more than $2,000 to Kiva borrowers around the world. Their own circumstances are challenging, but they’ve embraced the opportunity to help others, with the assistance of one dedicated volunteer.

Hilda Van Netten, a long-time Kiva lender, volunteers with the art program at Brookside Youth Centre. Brookside is a secure juvenile detention facility for...

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Sep 12, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

Hello everyone! My name is Barani, and I am the current Content & Partnerships Intern at Kiva. I was born and raised in Yangon, Myanmar and I thought I’d share a bit about my hometown!

Myanmar is a country of nearly 53 million, that is nestled between India and China. Yangon, its former capital, is a vibrant city known for its crumbling colonial buildings, amazing food 
and the famous Shwe Dagon Pagoda. Being one of the fastest growing cities in South East Asia, there is definitely no shortage of things to do, sights to see or foods...

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Sep 10, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

As technology brings us ever closer together, we are bearing witness to the collective power of the crowd- not only to fund dreams, ideas and initiatives, but to accomplish tasks and create new products. 

At Kiva, we simply could not have the impact we have in the world without the global corps of volunteers who help make it happen. We have to be smart about how we organize and leverage Kiva’s talented volunteers.

Kiva’s very own Apryl Gibson explains the technical solutions Kiva has created, in hopes that other organizations can learn from them...

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