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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The Office is Obsolete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...

The Sharks of Microfinance and the Future of Impact Investing

Mitchell Kutney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mitchell Kutney

Since impact investing is searching for the sweet spot between high-net-worth individuals' expectations for responsible investing and effective channels for catalyzing social change, we need to ensure that this financial instrument is not abused

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...

Putting More Kids in Classrooms Around the World

Vicki Escarra | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

Fall means the beginning of a new school year as children head back into the classroom to learn, grow and make new friends. But that's not always the case in the developing world, where a staggering 130 million children are not in school.

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...

Debt Crisis: National and International (Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 10.20.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Excessive mortgage debt, student loan debt, medical debt and more have placed untenable burdens upon millions. As we learn from our Torah portion, a cursed society is one in which factions are trapped in merciless power dynamics as debtors.

Is Microfinance Losing Its Appeal?

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Obadias Ndaba

When it succeeds, microfinance lifts people from extreme poverty and leaves them into poverty. Other interventions are still needed, especially a focus on small and medium enterprises - the backbone for creating a middle class.

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.

Financial Inclusion and The Digital Asset Transfer Authority (DATA)

Stan Stalnaker | Posted 09.28.2013 | Technology
Stan Stalnaker

On a planet rapidly coming online through mobile technologies, there's an urgent need to develop financial empowerment. Today, leaders from the emerging payment and virtual currency industry announced a Committee for the Establishment of the Digital Asset Transfer Authority.

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.