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Crowdfunding 101 for Entrepreneurs

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

This concept has made the traditional method of trying to raise financing -- from wealthy individuals or big corporations like Warner Bros. -- on its ear. And that is a godsend for entrepreneurs!

Kiva Zip Gains Momentum in Los Angeles

Kiva Zip | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Kiva Zip

By Matt Bastone, Kiva Fellow E. 1st St. Bridge, Los Angeles Kiva Zip is an innovative pilot program created by Kiva that uses mobile and electronic...

Join One Small School in Changing the World

Kiva Zip | Posted 03.08.2014 | Impact
Kiva Zip

By Dave Smith, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Garden Spot Middle School, New Holland, PA In January of 2009 the "One Million Dollar Team" on Kiva....

Green Trustees: Loans to Help the Environment

Kiva Zip | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Kiva Zip

By Kristrún Gunnarsdóttir, Kiva Fellow One of the essential parts of the Kiva Zip model is the Trustee. Trustees are the organizations or individua...

A Recipe for a Healthy Small Business

Kiva Zip | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Kiva Zip

By Kendra Ott, Associate Director of Business Advising at Pacific Community Ventures, a Kiva Zip Trustee Entrepreneur Corey Rennell saw that a lot of...

Cultivating Youth Enterprises with Kiva Zip

Kiva Zip | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kiva Zip

This is a guest blog post by aManda Greene, Co-Director of Youth SEED, a Kiva Zip Trustee. The Bay Area has a rich tapestry of social innovation. The...

Kiva Zip & Small Farms Team Up to Bring You Better Food

Kiva Zip | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

"Kiva Zip is a new and extraordinary resource for farmers, and provides a unique opportunity for citizens around the world to support farmers working ...

Kiva Zip Kenya Reaches a New Milestone: 1,000 Life-Changing Loans

Kiva Zip | Posted 12.30.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

By Kristrún Gunnarsdóttir, Kiva Zip Fellow Earlier this month Kiva Zip celebrated a milestone of having disbursed its 1,000th loan to entrepreneurs...

The Office is Obsolete

Julia Kurnia | Posted 12.28.2013 | Technology
Julia Kurnia

37signals just produced an excellent video about the benefits of working remotely. As the world's first international online peer-to-peer microlendin...

SF Budget & Finance Committee passes Kiva Zip Resolution

Kiva Zip | Posted 12.15.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

This blog post is a continuation to San Francisco to vote on Resolution to become Kiva Zip Trustee from 10/07/2013. Pictured: The Kiva Zip team outs...

A Taste of Terror: Kenya's Westgate Attack

Kiva Zip | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kiva Zip

Pictured: Man performing Muslim prayers while waiting for the terrorist siege to end The media hype may be winding down but many of us here in Kenya...

The stuff heroes are made of

Julia Kurnia | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Here is a story that deserves to be shared. Sammy Kanja is a founding member of Zidisha's online microlending community in Kenya. He used his earl...

The superfood you've never heard of and how it's educating orphans

Kiva Zip | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

As I sank into the plush seat on the overnight bus toward the Kenyan coast for the first time, I let out a sigh of relief. Nairobi, aptly dubbed "Nair...

Kiva CEO to speak at Little Rock social entrepreneurship conference

Kiva Zip | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

On Tuesday October 8th, Kiva co-founder Matt Flannery will be in Little Rock, Arkansas, to speak at the joint Winthrop Rockefeller Institute-Clinto...

Not Your Mother's Microfinance

Julia Kurnia | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Forward-thinking small business owners across the developing world are turning to the online space as an alternative source of small business loans. ...

MAC and Crowdfunding Turn Vision into Reality for Local Small Businesses in Tucson, AZ

Kiva Zip | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

In Tucson, Arizona, the Women's Business Center (WBC) at the MicroBusiness Advancement Center (MAC) helps start-ups solidify their business plans th...

There is So Much More to Lending

Kiva Zip | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

There is so much more to lending than just sharing our money. After years of lending on Kiva, I discovered Kiva Zip. I was excited by the possibiliti...

Kiva Zip Interviews EarlyIQ CEO Steve Yin

Kiva Zip | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

Kiva Zip formed a key relationship last year with the startup, EarlyIQ, which provides Kiva Zip with an efficient tool for mitigating risk. We recent...

Light in the Darkness - Kiva Zip Partners with Michigan Corps to Provide Hope in Detroit

Kiva Zip | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

In a city where the lights are literally going out, it's good to know that there are some glimmers of hope. For Detroit, which filed for bankruptcy mi...

Cause Crowdfunder Razoo Opens Up To Indivduals

Turnstyle | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson) Talk crowdfunding with most people (who know that it exists) and you'll find yourself in a conversation about ...

Treat Each One Like Gold: The Power of Kiva Zip

Kiva Zip | Posted 10.10.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

Prior to becoming a Kiva Zip Fellow, I had not seen examples of microlending in the U.S. and initially questioned what kind of impact a Kiva microloan...

New York City: Greener Than the Burbs?

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

When we picture a jungle, we think of a lush green environmentally friendly carbon-sequestering ecosystem. While New York City is commonly referred to...

Newark, NJ: Kiva's Newest Kiva City!

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

After a few busy weeks spent preparing for the big day, it was incredible to feel the energy buzzing through the room.

The Good Nurses of Busia County

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

When Aditi and I arrived in Busia, dust-splayed and weather-beaten on the shared backseat of a boda boda, we did not look like your average tourists.

Innovative Food Business Finds Support Online From Mentors and Lenders

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

Mentorship and flexible financing are two critical resources too-often missing for small businesses. If more business owners have access to the right advice and needed funds, it creates a ripple effect of local commerce, hiring, and prosperity.