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

Nov 14, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Many of our Kiva borrowers are entrepreneurs who need Kiva microloans to pursue their passions, whether it’s to expand their current business or create a new one. Here at Kiva, we love supporting our past borrowers who have successfully established their businesses thanks to Kiva loans. Read on to learn about all of the ways lenders can continue supporting our borrowers even after they’ve repaid their loans!

 

Apothecary Muse

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Nov 11, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

When it comes to combining passions, Ben Martin knows what he’s doing. The veteran and winemaker is in his fifth year of owning and operating Dauntless Wine Co., which serves the veteran community by employing veterans and sending proceeds to veteran support groups.

Ben Martin is a veteran who founded, owns and operates Dauntless.

Martin, a Kiva borrower from Forest Grove, Oregon, is excited about the future of veterans in the winemaking community.

“There's just something about it...

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Nov 10, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

California Governor Gavin Newsom works in a situation room dealing with the rapidly-increasing fires in the state.

In the United States, Kiva provides entrepreneurs access to 0% interest, no-fee loans up to $10,000. Because these loans on Kiva are backed by Kiva’s community of impact-driven lenders, Kiva is able to work with some of the highest impact clients that typically are overlooked by traditional lenders.

In the past several months, Kiva has been building strategic...

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Nov 7, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is going mobile!

Meet the mobile app developers of the Kiva office in Portland. Android developer Brian Plummer, senior iOS and Android developer Zachary Heusinkveld, Android engineer Morgan Lutz and lead mobile software engineer Eric Jensen are making magic happen for Kiva’s brand new mobile app, rolling out next spring.

Interview conducted by Casey Miller and photographed by Claire Primack.



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Oct 30, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Meet our featured lender, Jacqueline Prester! Mrs. Prester is a business teacher and instructional technology specialist at Mansfield High School in Massachusetts. She’s been nationally recognized for her contributions to education in the areas of technology integration, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and STEM. 

Mrs. Prester’s entrepreneurship class is very special to us because of its massive contributions to Kiva loans! Each year, high school students research different loan applications on Kiva.org and decide which loans to spend their class funds...

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Oct 28, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Kofi Friar is the I.T. manager at Kiva. He’s been at the company for over 2 years and continues to demonstrate his Kiva passion every day! It also helps that his pup, Ninja, is everyone’s favorite office dog! 

Interview conducted by Casey Miller and photographed by Claire Primack.

Fun fact: Kofi has a passion for fashion, and designed the shirt you see in his interview photos.
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Oct 14, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

To celebrate our massive milestone of lending $1 billion to women, we had an amazing week-long celebration! With plenty of lending credits, borrower stories, and shared generosity, the Kiva community had so much fun interacting with each other and seeing just how strong we could be together.

Last week alone, the Kiva community came together to fund over $4 million in loans to women around the globe. That’s almost 10,000 more women who can now finance their dreams. 



Lenders like you continue to prove that...

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Oct 3, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Women are a strong force for good in the world. Countless studies show that when women have equal access to resources, entire communities benefit from the additional productivity. One of the strongest levers to pull to advance international development is the inclusion of women.  

Women are at an economic disadvantage. Worldwide, women earn 63% less than men and spend three times as many hours on unpaid labor such as housework. Access to capital, like formal bank loans, is a primary constraint to the growth of female-owned businesses.

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Sep 30, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Many of our Kiva borrowers are entrepreneurs who need Kiva microloans to pursue their passions, whether it’s to expand their current business or create a new one. Here at Kiva, we love supporting our past borrowers who have successfully established their businesses thanks to Kiva loans. Read on to learn about all of the ways lenders can continue supporting our borrowers even after they’ve repaid their loans!

 


Naked Geometry

Naked Geometry...
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Sep 23, 2019 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva loan applications are often not originally in English or are posted in countries where English is not the primary language. A team of volunteers with the Review and Translation Program (RTP) edit, translate and review our loans from around the world. More than 400 volunteers from Munich to Nova Scotia dedicate their time to contribute to Kiva's work. In the past 3 months, our volunteers have reviewed more than 36,063 loans!

This quarter we are celebrating two of our incredible volunteers: Martha and Laura! All our volunteers are motivated by the opportunity to expand global... Continue Reading >>

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