Hassan is an Atlas Corps fellow from Jordan serving at Kiva as Impact and Storytelling fellow. He earned his bachelor's degree in Journalism and Media at University of Petra in Jordan. He worked for different non-profit organizations in Jordan for more than 7 years, 5 of which being in emergency response. His experience is in media, communications and advocacy.

Kiva Blog Updates

Feb 11, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

If your stomach is rumbling and begging for tantalizing snacks, street vendors are a great option. Vendors’ delicious and affordable food often represents their passion for sharing their culture. In addition to their own unique carts and treats, each vendor has a story of how they started their business.

Meet Adjogno! She works tirelessly every day to bring a better life for her family, who is her motivation. She will do anything she can to help them finish their education. "I enjoy working; my biggest motivation is my children," Adjogno said, "I want them to go to the...

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Feb 10, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Many people dream of owning their own house. Home is where you build your memories. Shelter is a basic human need.

Isbelia lives with her husband and her 1-year-old child in a rural area near San Vincente, El Salvador. As a mobile nurse, she travels to the surrounding communities to provide medicine, conduct check-ups and give injections. She also sells clothes from her home to contribute to the household income.
Isbelia’s family home was built on dirt, without tile floors, and her roof was in disrepair. But she got a Kiva loan to fix the roof and add...

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Jan 29, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

Imagine your home as a daycare with 15 kids, with the responsibility to take care of all of them and make sure they are healthy and happy. It might be overwhelming. But for Rosalba, it’s been her dream to run a daycare.

Rosalba lives with her 2 children in a poor neighborhood of Medellin, Colombia. She opened up about the hardships she faced and the challenges in working long hours in daycare. "I could easily work less and only care about making money, but I do this with love and care for the children." 

She understands the children's...

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Jan 13, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

The problem

Camping with friends is always a fun activity, but building the bonfire is sometimes challenging. The smoke can get in your eyes, wooden splinters can piece your hands, coughs and minor burns can keep you up past midnight.

For many people who don't have access to adequate cooking stoves or heaters, this is their daily life. According to a study by National Geographic, 3 billion people around the world cook over open fires, and the consequences can be deadly. We’re talking about...

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Nov 25, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Many dream of becoming leaders and change-makers to create opportunities for others. Obstacles often stand in their way to reach these dreams. They can either stop dreaming or work through them. 

An inspiring young woman from Mombasa, a coastal town in Kenya, journeyed to the United States with a dream to bring prosperity to the world. Since she was a child, Tabitha wanted to become a social leader. 

Tabitha has been living her dream for the past 11 years, gaining experience in diverse sectors. She started her career as a Resource Development...

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Nov 18, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

It’s not easy to take care of animals. They must be fed, sheltered and their health must be monitored on a daily basis.

Vera is a 46-year-old mother of 3 who does just that. She lives in a village with a flawed water drainage system that causes flooding almost every year, as it's below sea level.

Albania is a small country in southeastern Europe's Balkan Peninsula. With a population of more than 2.5 million, many Albanians like Vera are excluded from basic financial access like Vera.

"My cows and pigs were not sleeping well and could not be...

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Nov 4, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Victor Manuale made an income for the first time when he was 13. His first client was a woman in Barranquilla, Colombia. She asked him to pick some honey for her from a nearby town called Carmen de Bolivar. 

Ever since then, Victor has been transporting natural products from Carmen de Bolivar to Barranquilla.

Victor went through many obstacles in his career, including when his brother-in-law fell ill and was unable to help him with the business. Victor had to work overtime. 

“My advice for others in this type of...

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Oct 22, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Suzana doesn’t let her heart condition stop her from providing for her family. She wants to make sure her family is provided with all their basic needs.

Suzana is one of 2,500 ethnically Egyptian people in Albania. As a minority, this community is financially marginalized and members often have difficulty accessing loans and proper health care.

Working is difficult for Suzana because she suffers from a heart condition. However, she has been able to provide for her family by growing crops on a small plot of her family’s land.

Suzana wanted to...

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Oct 4, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

There’s a saying that goes: “Don’t give me a fish, teach me how to catch it.” We’d say this encapsulates Kiva’s mission pretty well.

Over 14 years, Kiva has crowdfunded more than $1.3 billion in loans for entrepreneurs, farmers, students, educators, and more in over 90 countries around the world. 

And $1 billion of these loans? They went straight to women. 

How did we get here?

Kiva founders Matt and Jessica Flannery were newlyweds working in East Africa when they came up with the idea for Kiva. They...

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Sep 25, 2019 KV Kiva HQ
David didn’t follow in his father’s footsteps. Instead, he learned cheesemaking from his neighbor and decided to start a dairy business of his own.

As the oldest of four children, David lives with his parents and brother. His father and brother both work in agriculture. 

On a sunny day in December 2018, David proudly showed off his farm and corral to one of Kiva’s fellows in San Cristóbal, Costa Rica. The mountainous area is known for its coffee production and other types of agricultural activities. 

David owns two cows that he... Continue Reading >>