Casey Miller is Kiva's content strategist in the Portland offices. She began her journey with Kiva as a New Media and Branding intern, then contracted as the content and media coordinator, now working full-time as a content strategist. Casey graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Journalism, and still uses this journalistic background in her storytelling at Kiva. With a passion for travel and cultural exchange, Casey seeks to spread the stories of our cultures and communities for those whose voices are often ignored.  

Kiva Blog Updates

Jun 14, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Honor World Refugee Day by lending with Kiva!

 

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Feb 1, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

Meet Kiki Bryant, a Chicago-based entrepreneur who writes and illustrates children’s books. The adventurous star of her stories? Lollipop Lola, a young Black girl being raised by two LGBT+ Black women, who was inspired by Kiki’s own daughter.

“I think that there are a lot of products out there that are heavily utilized by Black users that aren’t necessarily made for us. So it feels good to be creating things that are for us, as opposed to...

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Dec 28, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

We went into 2020 with a great plan—the chessboard was laid out, and we knew our next 30 moves. Then COVID-19 hit, and every piece on the chessboard moved. With your unwavering support, we were able to pivot our plans to make a difference in this new reality.

  • We quickly ramped up our U.S. lending program – extending credit limits, offering grace periods, and increasing the maximum loan amount. Kiva loans to U.S. small businesses grew by 80% in 2020. 
  • Then we launched...
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Dec 28, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Thank you, Kiva community, for sticking with us this year. Discover your impact, and hear from Kiva team members, in the video below!

 

 

Donate today to support...

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Nov 24, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

November 24, 2020


The holidays are here, and we know you want to shop small to support entrepreneurs this year. Check out this list of Kiva U.S. borrowers with shops you can buy from today!

And don’t forget that you can buy from international Kiva borrowers at the Kiva Store.
 



Spices from Sana — California



Chilli, pepper, cardamom… Sana’s Diaspora Co. has all the spices you need to make delicious meals this...

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Oct 6, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva will sunset operations of Kiva Protocol, effective June 30, 2022. To learn more, read the announcement on our blog.



In partnership with the government of Sierra Leone, Kiva is on the ground building the country's first blockchain-based national identity and credit system.

Learn more at kiva.org/protocol and support our work by donating at kiva.org/donatenow today!
 

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Jul 21, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Next week, join Black Girls Code and Kiva to learn how coding and technology are being used to help small business owners around the world! This event is open to all who register and will include a discussion panel alongside a live Q&A session.

This event will explore the intersection of tech and entrepreneurship with Black Girls Code organizers and Kiva changemakers, including Amber Gibson-Mora (VP of People and Places), Vijaya Bhandari (Senior Software Engineer), Michelle Dick (Senior Front End Software Engineer), Vy Thai (...

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Jun 17, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

This week, we spoke with Neely Evanoff, the Capital Access Manager for the Kiva Hub in Salt Lake City. In our interview, Neely detailed the relationship between the International Rescue Committee and Kiva U.S. and the work they've done together.
 




Tell us about how Kiva U.S. became connected with the IRC!

We partnered with the IRC to teach business classes to refugee women at the IRC’s microenterprise program and developed a relationship with their staff.

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Jun 16, 2020 KV Kiva HQ


For the lowest-income individuals, it’s disproportionately expensive to borrow money. With predatory interest rates and unattainable criteria, getting a loan in America is a defeating — if not dangerous — process for many. 

Twenty-five percent of Americans are unbanked or underbanked. 78% of American workers live paycheck to paycheck. Implicit and explicit biases mean that women and people of color are three times more likely to see their credit applications rejected. Left with no other options, they fall prey to payday lenders,...

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May 27, 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.

 

 

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