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Kiva vs. Zidisha: Three Common Myths

Julia Kurnia | Posted 07.03.2014 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Some time ago the President of Kiva, Premal Shah, posted a thoughtful response to my article Zidisha vs. Kiva Zip. (His comment was originally posted...

The Season of Giving

Anita Casalina | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

This year, have you thought about a charitable donation? Not throwing money out into the void, hoping that some good will come of it, but giving to one of the charities that are taking the new "hand-up, not handout" approach to helping.

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...

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...

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...

How Teen's Text Habits Are Helping Moms In Need

Andreea Nica | Posted 10.10.2013 | Impact
Andreea Nica

25,000 Women is uniquely positioned to educate and reward participants through empowering women in developing countries. The campaign is targeted at young people (teens) and involves a text-message based game.

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.

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.

Growing Peppers, Cultivating Businesses

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.08.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

If you go to Kiva Oregon right now, you'll see 20 entrepreneurs fundraising for a loan. They are individuals who are either starting or growing a small business -- on their own, of their own volition, because they want to.

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?

Kiva Zip & Zaarly -- An Innovative Partnership Promoting Local Small Businesses

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.01.2013 | Good News
Kiva Zip

Zaarly and Kiva are launching a new partnership to provide small business owners online storefronts and access to crowdfunded business loans.

Social Innovation Summit 2013: To Read, To Connect, To Affirm

Jennifer Sertl | Posted 08.10.2013 | Business
Jennifer Sertl

Hasbro's Alan Hassenfeld put it into perspective: "if you think you are too small for making impact, you have never been in bed with a mosquito."

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...

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.

Is It Time to Change the Positioning of Your Organization?

Vivien Hoexter | Posted 12.16.2012 | Impact
Vivien Hoexter

I am struck by how often there is impatience to get to the fundraising without taking the time to articulate why people should give. Think of it like dating. With so many potential suitors out there, why should you get chosen?

Businesses With Impact: Kiva.org

Jesse Seaver | Posted 08.10.2012 | Impact
Jesse Seaver

One of the first companies to really leverage the power of the internet to connect those who have with those who need, Kiva allows anyone to lend money to aspiring entrepreneurs in developing countries in a relatively risk-free way.

From There to Here: Social Enterprise and Reverse Innovation

Thane Kreiner | Posted 09.24.2012 | Impact
Thane Kreiner

The vast growth it has seen is proof that the Grameen Bank's brand of group lending -- which relies on peer pressure rather than collateral to ensure that debts are repaid -- can work in America.

The Course And Success Of The Economy Belongs In All Of Our Hands

Premal Shah | Posted 09.16.2012 | Small Business
Premal Shah

It is difficult to know how any one of us can make a difference in any of our nation's most troubling problems. But, what if the money stored in our wallets had a new purpose, even just for a short amount of time?

'How Stuff Works': Making An Impact With Microlending

Josh Clark | Posted 05.28.2012 | Impact
Josh Clark

My Stuff You Should Know podcast co-host Chuck Bryant, our producer Jeri Rowland and I aren't completely unaware of ourselves. As such, we do feel a b...

Nate C. Hindman

LinkedIn Founder Puts His Fortune Up For Grabs Online

HuffingtonPost.com | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 03.27.2012 | Small Business

Didn't get in on the LinkedIn IPO last year? Here's another way to get your hands on the proceeds: Sign up for Kiva, a Web site that lets people make ...

International Women's Day In The Participation Age

Premal Shah | Posted 05.08.2012 | Women
Premal Shah

"A rising tide of women in an economy raises the fortunes of all families and all nations ... we don't have a person to waste and we certainly don't have a gender to waste."

How Romance Novels Empower Women

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.02.2012 | Women
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, writer of historical tales of true love and adventure While as a society we wonder how to motivate girls to reach hig...