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How Women's World Banking Has Designed A Community With Purpose

Sarah Buitoni | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Sarah Buitoni

How do you bring people working in geographies as far-flung as the Dominican Republic, Bosnia, Uganda, Mongolia and Tonga together? The simple answer is: technology. But if you want these people to achieve a specific goal, you'll need more than technology, you'll need a community designed with purpose.

How to Make Sanitation Sexy

Sherina Munyana | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Sherina Munyana

An estimated 2.5 billion people around the world lack access to working sanitation facilities and the statistics continue to soar every day. The knee-jerk reaction by humanitarian organizations has been to build free toilets for households and communities, and while this may offer some reprieve, it's a little like trying to drain the ocean with a teaspoon.

On International Women's Day, ‘Invisible' Women Need Financial Access

Mary Ellen Iskenderian | Posted 03.08.2014 | Impact
Mary Ellen Iskenderian

Wherever she lives, no matter what country, when a woman controls her own finances she invests that money in ways that can bring about long-term change -- education for her children, health care and better housing for her family. But low-income women around the world are routinely denied access to the basic financial products that most of us take for granted.

Why I Founded Zidisha

Julia Kurnia | Posted 03.02.2014 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

An idealistic 24-year-old, I'd been hired out of graduate school to manage overseas grants on behalf of the US government. This was my second year on the job and I already had a reputation as a maverick.

Zidisha vs. Kiva Zip

Julia Kurnia | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Note: this article is authored by the founder of Zidisha. The information about Kiva Zip is taken from public sources, and does not necessarily expre...

"This New Health Plan Forces Us Women to Focus on Our OWN Health"

Suzanne Skees | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

Healthy workers not only feel happier, they work more productively to earn higher incomes for their families. Freedom from hunger, an integrated-servi...

Her Own Rising Tide: Alfa's Story

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

In a small office with in Jersey City, Alfa and Alex radiate confidence and energy. I sat stunned at Alfa's remarkable journey to get to this place, and the beautiful love that exists between them.

Big City, Big Dreams

Suzanne Skees | Posted 04.11.2014 | Small Business
Suzanne Skees

Feeling like she's always running in circles, Anali runs a small weaving microbusiness, studies accounting at university, and cares for her partner and daughter at home. She left her rural village and is already banking on a brighter future for herself and her kids.

Mentoring Mom: Home Handicrafts Business Expands to Hire Youth

Suzanne Skees | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

A stressed, angry wife struggling to support a seriously ill husband and three children figures out a way to mechanize her output and produce four times as much merchandise in four hours a day.

May the Force Be With You: Converging Innovations Will Empower Entrepreneurs in the Developing World

Chuck Slaughter | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Chuck Slaughter

What's happening in the bustling slums and remote villages of the developing world is this: a riveting convergence of microfinance, direct selling, mobile technology and social media that has the power to bring the work of local entrepreneurs to new heights.

Weaving Natural Resources Into Family Wealth

Suzanne Skees | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

Living at such a high elevation (12,549 feet) near Juliaca in the Andes Mountains, in a climate at once subtropical and highland, they work outside from freezing dark predawn, through the harsh heat of the day.

FundWell - Kiva Zip's New Referral Partner

Kiva Zip | Posted 03.20.2014 | Impact
Kiva Zip

This blog post was written with the help of Chinwe Onyeagoro, Co-Founder & CEO of FundWell. Kiva Zip, a pilot program run by non-profit Kiva.org, pro...

About to Send a Donation? Think Twice

Julia Kurnia | Posted 03.20.2014 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

The recent election of GiveDirectly as GiveWell's top-rated charity confirmed the trend: the handout approach to development assistance is back in fas...

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....

The Daily Practice That Changed My Life

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Daily giving has brought me closer to my family and to my community. It has enriched and blessed my life. The initial impulse to be more connected to and engaged in my giving -- has resulted in me receiving so much more than I've given.

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...

Rebuilding the Philippines One Family at a Time

Vicki Escarra | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

Blue tarps draped over plywood have replaced more than 1 million homes destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Opportunity International ha...

Where in the World Is a College-Loan Bubble a Miracle? -- Vittana Shows the Way, Part 1 of 4

Suzanne Skees | Posted 01.27.2014 | Education
Suzanne Skees

College loans have exploded the market, and exploited our youth, in the U.S.; so why does Vittana work relentlessly to create loans for students in developing economies? The answer will surprise you. Get to know this scrappy, data-driven, crowdfunding education-equalizer.

PHOTOS: What If The Poor Weren't Marginalized?

Sue Pleming | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Sue Pleming

The idea of "financial inclusion" can seem abstract or difficult to comprehend until you put a human face on it. The picture gallery below does just t...

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...

Instead of Inequality for All, Entrepreneurship for All

Claudia Viek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Claudia Viek

Now the conversation about wealth inequality has moved to the big screen; I hope that the national conversation moves forward from the same, old game about inequality to new innovative solutions to the problem.

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 ...

3 Ways That Business Can Alleviate Poverty

Noa Gafni | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Noa Gafni

Why should the world's poorest people pay more for food, clean water and other necessities than everyone else? If we want to improve the lives of the world's poorest 4 billion, we need to tackle the base of the pyramid penalty. Business can bring fair prices to the people who need it the most.