Lev is an Investment Director at Kiva, specifically overseeing Kiva's work with refugees and displaced populations.

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Mar 13, 2023 KV Kiva HQ
"Having this new equipment and products through the Kiva loan has attracted more customers to the shop", says Kiva borrower Achraf in Lebanon.

Today, Kiva executed our largest writeoff to date. We forgave $2,001,388 in loans from our lending partner Al Majmoua in Lebanon, a country that has been facing an unprecedented economic and political crisis since 2019. We first partnered with Al Majmoua, a nonprofit microfinance institution, in 2007 and together have facilitated over $25M in loans...

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Aug 25, 2020 KV Kiva HQ

This story comes from Lev Plaves, Kiva’s Senior Investment Manager for Refugees & Displaced Populations. 


Lebanon is a country that has been close to my heart, personally and professionally, for over a decade. I loved my first visit in 2009 as a tourist and one of the things that excited me most about joining Kiva in 2012 was the opportunity to oversee our lending in Lebanon. Over the past eight years, I have been inspired by the work our three Field Partners are doing in the country and more than a dozen visits to Lebanon have made...

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Sep 26, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Updated September 26, 2014:
A ceasefire was declared between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in August, but Gaza is still dealing with a humanitarian crisis.  Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are displaced following the turmoil, according to the UN. More than 2,100 people were killed during the conflict in Gaza, many of them civilians, and more than 10,000 were wounded. All...
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