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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.

Bloat, Not Profiteering, Is Dragging Down Microfinance

Duko Hopman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Duko Hopman

Across East Africa, rural women can apply for credit from microfinance operations complete with tiled floors, teller windows, and managers wearing ties. This is a big problem.

Micro-Business Is the Backbone of the U.S.

Claudia Viek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Claudia Viek

Investment in the micro-business field is less than 3 percent of what's invested by venture capitalists. Most efforts to help entrepreneurs are focused on high growth businesses.

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...

Close to My Heart, Habitat for Humanity Launches IndiaBUILDS

Jim Luce | Posted 12.30.2013 | Impact
Jim Luce

Habitat for Humanity International was very important to my father. He had been a college professor and loved to build houses during the summer as his...

Growing Democracy: Lessons From Ghana

Courtenay Cabot Venton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Courtenay Cabot Venton

The clues are there: Democracy stands a chance when leaders in emerging economies can see their way to subordinating ethnic, religious and class differences and put the economy first.

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...

Turning on the Lights in Myanmar

Proximity Designs | Posted 12.21.2013 | Impact
Proximity Designs

Farmer U Shwe Tay had trouble sleeping at night. When the sun set and rural Myanmar (Burma) was plummeted into darkness, U Shwe Tay and his animals ha...

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...

Helping Low-Income Private Schools Improve Quality of Education

Kashf Foundation | Posted 12.21.2013 | Impact
Kashf Foundation

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpg Most low-income households do not have access to high quality education for their children which perpetuates the cycle of poverty.

Child & Youth (Micro)Finance

Child and Youth Finance International | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Child and Youth Finance International

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgWe want to ensure that youngsters of today grow up to be confident and responsible adults that believe in themselves and in the world around them.

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...

Want To Change The World? Give Girls A Chance

John Kluge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
John Kluge

As we mark the second International Day of the Girl on October 11, I'm calling for a similar recognition of the power and potential of girls, enlisting them in our mission to bring safe, sustainable sanitation to the billions who live without it.

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...