Kiva Blog Updates

Aug 13, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

When your beauty brand has fans like Whole Foods and Sephora, you know you’re doing something right. When you’re able to make those beauty products in a socially impactful way, that creates jobs and improves the environment, you’re doing something extraordinary.

For Yve-Car, the CEO and founder of successful social enterprise Kreyol Essence, that extraordinary journey all began with a hair catastrophe.

Yve-Car, a social entrepreneur tackling unemployment and gender inequalities in Haiti, with...
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Feb 22, 2018 KV Kiva HQ
Story by Carly Bertolozzi. Photos by Brenton Gieser.

“To love in a manner that’s unhindered, that’s not wrapped in fear, that’s visionary and sacred,” Regina Evans says, describing her vision for her role in the world.

Regina is a healer and an advocate, an artist and a pillar in her community in Oakland, Calif.

She considers theater and her apparel store, Regina’s Door, her media,...

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Dec 8, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

The holidays are fast-approaching! Enjoy a list of sustainable travel gifts, stories surrounding success and an update of what's new with Kiva as we move into the new year, below: 

The compost crusader

Gifts for the eco-minded traveler

Kids aged 4 to 6 perform better during boring tasks when dressed as Batman

Kiva U.S. loans now up to $25,000


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Nov 30, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

This holiday season, you can light up a life by making a loan on Kiva, or giving the gift of a Kiva Card to someone you love.

Flordelisa is a fisherwoman living in the Philippines. Ignited by the desire to send her children to college, she searched for a way to provide access to a good education. The solution that brightened her entire family’s future: a Kiva loan supported by lenders around the world.

When she worked for someone else, Flordelisa struggled to earn enough to pay for school fees. She decided to use a Kiva loan to purchase...

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Nov 28, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

At Kiva, we love to travel and connect with people around the world. Lending on Kiva is of course one of the ways we maintain that connection, and so is living vicariously through travel writers.

We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite blogs that each offer a unique perspective on travel. We especially enjoy their commitment to leaving a positive, impactful mark on their ever-expanding world. Check them out below:

Nomadness Tribe

The Nomadness Travel Tribe is an online community of over 15,000 travelers. Members collectively...

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Nov 22, 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 borrower to receive a loan in Puerto Rico following the September hurricane,...

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Nov 14, 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 culture at Kiva was...

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Nov 3, 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...

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Oct 20, 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...

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Oct 19, 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 Community Marketing at Kiva, who visited Lesotho in July....

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