Apr 28, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Photo by Flickr user Oliver Whiteside On April 25, the most devastating earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years claimed the lives of thousands of people and destroyed homes and cultural sites. The Kiva community’s thoughts are with the people of Nepal and all the families that have been affected by this tragedy. Kiva reached out to our two partners in Nepal, Patan Business and Professional Women and SunFarmer, to express our support and check on the wellbeing of their staff and clients. SunFarmer responded that their staff members on the ground are accounted for and doing ok,... Continue Reading >>


Apr 24, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Go green:
Clear solar energy panels put a new spin on windows.
 
Tips & tricks:
Impress your friends and family with these tips for better travel photos.
City skies:
8 in 10 have never seen the Milky Way, this is what they're missing.
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Apr 24, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

On April 24, 2013, more than 1,100 garment workers were killed and 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Even though there were fears the building would collapse, garment workers were pressured to remain at work under threat of 1 month’s lost pay. The disaster in Dhaka brought new awareness about the terrible working conditions for garment workers. People were saddened and outraged, so in an effort to improve working conditions for garment workers and bring more transparency to the fashion industry,...

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Apr 23, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

We all want to come back from our trips with amazing photos that capture the spirit and scale of the places we visit. Follow these tips to get better results> Continue Reading >>


Apr 23, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva and Dr. Bronner's, the family-owned company that makes the most popular brand of natural soap in North America, are kicking off an exciting new partnership called Seedlings for Small Farmers! Starting April 23, Kiva will crowdfund 0% interest loans to support smallholder farmers in Ghana who grow certified organic and fair trade oil palm  used in Dr. Bronner’s soap. And, for a limited time, Dr. Bronner's will match each loan made to these farmers. Dr. Bronner's sister company, Serendipalm, manages the sourcing and supply of their raw materials in Ghana to ensure... Continue Reading >>


Apr 14, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

The students at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory are taking their education into their own hands. An avid group of Kiva supporters from the school are reaching out to Kiva borrowers in their hometown of San Francisco to learn more about the impact of microfinance. Abi Basch is a social sciences... Continue Reading >>


Apr 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Mother of invention:
A Kiva borrower helping the homeless with recyclable, origami-inspired temporary shelters.
 
Surf's up:
These girls in Bangladesh learn to hang ten while practicing their English skills.
 
Made in Kenya, assembled in America:
This new device provides internet in even...
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Apr 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Myrian knew she would be an artist from the moment her grandmother placed a cool, smooth lump of clay in her hands as a child. “The first time I touched the clay I said that this is going to be my profession, I will be an artisan,” Myrian says. Read her full story at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>


Apr 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Crédit Epargne Formation (CEFOR) Madagascar Supporting first-time borrowers and vulnerable populations in Madagascar Who are they? Crédit Epargne Formation is a microfinance organization that targets first-time borrowers and impoverished families in the Analmanga region of Madagascar. The organization has developed a social categorization ranking in order to reach the most vulnerable groups. They also provide mandatory health insurance, business and loan... Continue Reading >>


Mar 27, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Coffee break:
Combating youth homelessness with a cup of joe.
 
Hot new idea:
Using sound waves to put out fires.
 
 
Side-splitting:
Commentary you probably missed from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
 
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