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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.

Need is Not Comparable: Lending in the U.S. vs. Kenya

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

After four months and 18 Kiva ZIp borrowers in D.C., I'm happy to finally be "out there" in Kenya. But my experience in stateside micro-lending has proven to me that even in the land of opportunity, small business owners can use a helping hand.

Kiva Zip Borrower Spotlight: Paper Clouds Apparel

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.05.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

What if your next T-shirt could provide joy and financial support to an individual with special needs? What if that same T-shirt could inspire confidence and a sense of accomplishment for an adult worker with special needs?

New Trustee Spotlight: Michael Nyangi -- Leadership by Example

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

This is a guest blog post by Duda Cordoso, a Kiva Zip fellow in Kenya. Michael Nyangi is a brand new trustee with Kiva Zip through his organizatio...

Margaret Wheeler Johnson

Think Millennials Are Narcissists? You Haven't Met These Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact

NEW YORK -- Time magazine's May 20 cover story "The Me Me Me Generation," describing millennials as entitled, lazy and narcissistic, left some members...

In Crowd We Trust: My Trip to the White House 'Champions of Change' Ceremony for Crowdfunding Pioneers

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 08.11.2013 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

I have to confess, I've never believed in the camping by the White House -- trying to make the proverbial "Instead of cursing the darkness, light a ca...

Millennials Will Reinvent Charity

www.cnn.com | Posted 06.10.2013 | Impact

My niece Sarah is one of the do-gooders with an entrepreneurial bent who's blurring nonprofit and for-profit activities. Through micro-lending, Ind...

LOOK: Kids Write Cute Poem About Microfinance!

Kiva | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact

A Thank You Poem (Inspired by the rhymes of the Grade Three Kiva Ninjas at Bear Creek Elementary) Not all feel compelled to jump up and dance, Up...

Inspiring Change in the Mississippi Delta

Kiva Zip | Posted 07.24.2013 | Business
Kiva Zip

In the spring of 2002, two young socially minded students from the Kansas City Art Institute began a friendship that turned into a business partnership that has lasted for over six years.

Providing Capital Solutions for Small Businesses

Kiva Zip | Posted 07.21.2013 | Business
Kiva Zip

This is a guest blog post by The Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation in Newark, NJ. They provide training and technical assistance to small busine...

Kopo Kopo: Six Revolutionary Digits

Kiva Zip | Posted 07.20.2013 | Business
Kiva Zip

For the past few months Kiva Zip has been constantly innovating and experimenting using mobile technology.

Luxury-Travel Writer Turns Paychecks Into Microloans

The Huffington Post | Lance Gould | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact

Bob Harris learned the handshake that gave him access to the super-secret clubhouse of the extremely wealthy. As a luxury-travel writer, it was his jo...

Helping Veterans Start Businesses

Kiva Zip | Posted 06.26.2013 | Business
Kiva Zip

While the national unemployment rate (population 18 and over) hovers at 7.5 percent, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans (Gulf War Era II or Post-9/11 veterans) face a higher rate of unemployment at 10.8 percent.

Perhaps Congress Can Also Honor Dr. Yunus by Paying Attention to Him

Bob Harris | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Bob Harris

Now that our leaders have given Dr. Yunus a gold medal, perhaps they might more truly honor him by considering why.

A Disabled Veteran Starts his BBQ Business

Kiva Zip | Posted 06.08.2013 | Business
Kiva Zip

The opportunity to pursue a small business -- and to eventually provide job opportunities to other disabled veterans -- is a dream come true for me, and is just one of the drivers behind my business.

How We Can End Abject Poverty Instantly

Peter Walters | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Peter Walters

Today, skip the Starbucks coffee (it's burnt anyway) and put your dollars towards a cause that you believe in -- because to impart real, meaningful change in the world, people will need to believe that the underlying causes of poverty are solvable. I do.

Rethinking Entrepreneurship in the United States

Kiva Zip | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Ever since I started with Kiva Zip in the U.S. my sixth sense seems to have awakened. I see entrepreneurs... everywhere! I think my understanding of what an entrepreneur was had until now been quite limited.

The Power Was Right Here All Along

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Jane D. Wurwand

Women have always been powerful. We are already powerful. And we don't need to be empowered, but merely connected with opportunity.

14 Unexpected Ways to Volunteer for Thanksgiving

Amy Neumann | Posted 01.21.2013 | Impact
Amy Neumann

Whatever you do to give back for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, it will warm the heart of anyone you help, and also your own.

Crowding to a Cause

Ryan Scott | Posted 01.09.2013 | Impact
Ryan Scott

Ordinary people can do great things when they act collectively, so crowd psychology can play a big part in the success of non-profit crowdfunding efforts.

How Charitable Giving Can Improve Your Finances

Kevin Yu | Posted 01.07.2013 | Money
Kevin Yu

Have you ever thought about the gift of donating to a charity or a cause instead? Or better yet, have you ever thought about how donating to a charity can help improve your finances?

The Opportunity Collaboration: Beautiful People Weaving a New World

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 12.30.2012 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

Like going through CS Lewis' wardrobe to Narnia or over the rainbow to Oz, last week's Opportunity Collaboration, which was focused on alleviating global poverty, required an adjustment to the juxtapositions of a new realm.

One Young World, One Big Experience

Shannon Spero | Posted 12.26.2012 | Impact
Shannon Spero

After three and a half days of being around world leaders, past presidents, international business power houses, Nobel Peace Prize winners and of course my inspirational peers, it is hard to put into words what this experience gave me.

The Power to Create Change Is in All Our Hands: Microloans for Students

Premal Shah | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Premal Shah

Not only will tuition loans funded by Kiva lenders foster promising new leaders and help to lift families and communities out of poverty, they will also provide a much needed "demonstration effect."